The Sociology Program is holding the annual induction ceremony for the Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society on Monday, April 29 beginning at 7:00pm in the Meese Room, Hannon Library. Alpha Kappa Delta is a non-secret, democratic organization founded in 1920 by Dr. Emory S. Bogardus. It is dedicated to encouraging and stimulating scholarship while promoting the scientific study and advancement of sociology. Throughout the past eight decades, Alpha Kappa Delta has grown to over 80,000 scholars and now has more than 490 chapters established around the world.
The induction ceremony this year features Dr. Mark Shibley in a lecture titled “Measuring Public Support for Forest Restoration: Survey Results & Reflections on the Value of Applied Social Research.” As a fifth generation Oregonian, Mark spent childhood time on his grandfather’s homesteaded farm in the Cascade foothills southeast of Portland. He bucked hay, explored the nearby woods, caught crawdads in the creek with his cousins, and slept under the stars on warm summer nights. That farm is now mostly forest, for which he has some ownership and responsibility. Mark came of age hiking the wilderness areas of the Oregon Cascades, but graduate school drew him to southern California for a Ph.D. in sociology in 1993. Then at Loyola University Chicago he launched a career as a sociologist of American religion. But there Mark also cultivated a collaborative, community-based research program focusing on urban environmental health issues. For a Northwesterner, that was a profound re-education on the meanings of environment and environmentalism. Family and place pulled him home to Oregon in 1998. Here his investigation into the relationship between religion and nature are happily punctuated by fishing trips with his boys, mucking around in coastal tide pools, and grafting new apple varieties into his orchard.
Dr. Mark Shibley is Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University. He is the author of two award winning books, Resurgent Evangelicalism in the United States: Mapping Cultural Change Since 1970 and Building Community: Social Science in Action and many articles on evangelical Protestantism, the Christian Right, religious environmentalism, and environmental justice. Since joining the SOU faculty in 1998, Mark has involved his methodology students in collaborative community-based research on issues ranging from environmental health to forest management in southern Oregon. He is currently involved in a longitudinal study of public opinion about forest restoration on public land in southwest Oregon.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Meese Room, Hannon Library
For more information contact:
Dr. Kylan de Vries
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Program, Department of
Social Sciences, Policy and Culture