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The Sociology Department co-sponsored a workshop on faculty publishing, bringing together Siena faculty with regional book and journal editors on November 7, 2011. Click here for all pictures

Siena students turned darkness into art when they participated in a light painting workshop on October 26, 2011. The workshop gave them first-hand experience in creating professional images alongside world-renowned experts in the field.

Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera.

“It was exciting to see images that I had just created come to life on the camera,” said Danielle Carl ’14.

Co-sponsored by the Creative Arts and Sociology departments, the light painting workshop featured Matt Crawford and Che Rickman, the filmmakers of Luminary, a documentary about light painters from around the world.

Students from Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Arts Liz Blum’s digital photography course, along with students from Assistant Professor of Sociology Beverly Thompson’s sociology class, transformed the Foy black box theater into a light-painting studio.

The Sociology Department at Siena College is hosting the 2011 New York State Sociological Association Annual Conference on October 14-15, 2011. The New York State Sociological Association (NYSSA) conference website lists conference information. 

Siena College brought Karen Tei Yamashita (center) to campus for a reading from her latest novel, I-Hotel. The International Hotel in the 1960s San Francisco was one of the largest grassroots struggles for affordable housing in the country. Yamashita captured the social movements for Ethnic Studies and peace as well as the personal stories of many of the International Hotel residents, who were impoverished elderly Chinese and Filipino men. A highly regarded novelist, her body of work has become canonical in Asian American studies. View short YouTube video. For full-length DVD, contact the Sociology Department. 


Dr. Gayle Sulik, author of Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women's Health, was a guest speaker at Siena College on October 26, 2010. Listen to the audio podcast PART 1 and PART 2. View short YouTube video. View Pink Ribbon Blues blog for updates and further information.


Valentine Moghadam, Professor of Sociology and Director of Women's Studies at Purdue University, was a guest speaker for the Engaged Sociologist Symposium at Siena College on October 25, 2010. Listen to the audio podcast PART 1 and PART 2. View short YouTube video.


At the Academic Celebration 2010, students presented posters of their research. 




At the Academic Cebebration 2009, students presented posters of their research.