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‘Sociology Spirit Week’ as UNCG Sociology marks century

The Department of Sociology celebrates its 100th year with a full slate of activities and events. They will coalesce around the theme “Inequality and Social Justice in a Changing World.”

Sept. 3-6 will be Sociology Spirit Week, culminating in an event for students, faculty and alumni at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at Tate St. Coffee. Headlining the event is “Moral Panic,” a band composed of Sociology faculty with guest appearances by faculty from other departments. In keeping with the centennial theme, Tate St. Coffee owner and Sociology alumnus Matt Russ will donate a percentage of the night’s proceeds to the Interactive Resource Center, a local non-profit that assists the homeless.

Additional centennial events scheduled throughout the year include an alumni networking night for current students, a homecoming raffle with proceeds again going to support the IRC, a film series in conjunction with Ashby Dialogue highlighting issues of inequality, an art show at the Weatherspoon Art Museum and poster displays on the third floor of Graham Building.

The Sociology Department began as the Department of Rural Life and Economics in 1913-1914 and soon added ‘Sociology’ to its official title in 1918.

The Sociology Department notes its tradition of inclusion. It was the first at our university to include a course on ‘race relations.’ In 1923, part of It was the home of many prominent female faculty members, including Professor Mereb Mossman who went on to become the first Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Sociology became the home of the first senior level African-American faculty member at UNCG when Professor Joseph Himes came in 1969. Himes went on to found and serve as the first president of the North Carolina Sociological Association and was a renowned scholar of race and ethnic relations in the South. Today, inequalities of all kinds and concerns for social justice remain core issues in the department’s curriculum.