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Sharing Social Knowledge Conference

Sharing Social Knowledge 2021: Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference
Thursday, May 20, 2021
DePaul University

Zoom Information Forthcoming

*All DePaul students, staff, faculty, family and community members are welcome to attend.

If you are interested in participating in this year's conference please refer to the SSK Call For Papers for submission guidelines for the 2021 Conference. Submission deadline is Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Students whose submissions are accepted will present their work in one of the following formats:


2021 Will F​eature a Fireside Chat With ​​​​​​​Michael Bennett, Ph.D. and ​​​Roberta Garner, Ph.D​ 


                                          Dr. Michael Bennett                                                        Dr. Roberta Garner
                                  Associate Professor (Sociology)​                                     Professor (Sociology)​

Dr. Bennett and Dr. Garner will be offering their perspectives and insights on transformations regarding central issues in Sociology such as race and gender over time as well as discuss ideas for the future of Sociology.  Prepare for thought-provoking dialogue.

At DePaul University, Dr. Bennett served as executive director of the Monsignor John J. Egan Urban Center (EUC) from 1997-2008. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in DePaul's Department of Sociology where he served as Interim Chair from 2014-2016.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on urban planning, community development, economic and social policy, and issues of race and ethnicity.  He has degrees from Kent State University (B.A. 1968), and The University of Chicago (A.M. 1972 and Ph.D. 1988).

Dr. Garner grew up in Urbana-Champaign.  Her parents and Granny were immigrants and German was her first language. She received a BA, MA, and PhD (1966) from the University of Chicago and lived in New York City for three tumultuous years before returning to Chicago and starting to teach at DePaul. She has thoroughly enjoyed her years at DePaul, teaching, writing, and for 6 years chairing the SOC department during the “gravy days" before the Great Recession. She writes and teaches in the areas of theory, methods and stats, urban and political sociology, and “Goffman"—and has had a lot of fun co-authoring with colleagues at DePaul.

Conference Information

The Department of Sociology at DePaul University hosts an annual research conference for undergraduate students who have completed their own scholarly or creative project with a faculty member or from a sociology course. The Sharing Social Knowledge conference is an opportunity to showcase the hard work of our students, to give them a forum in which to share what they have learned in conducting their own research, and to provide the wider community a chance to learn something new about the society we live in, whether that be the DePaul community, Chicago more generally, the United States, or globally.

Students present their work in one of the following formats as a paper presentation, as a poster presentation, as a roundtable discussion, or as a creative display such as a short film or a photography exhibit much like at a professional sociology conference. Each presentation format allows students to summarize their main findings and to highlight the contribution of their work as well as answer questions from audience members.

The SSK Call For Papers for the 2021 Conference is published. The submission deadline is Thursday, April 8, 2021. If you have questions, contact Karyn Stewart (, Faculty and Chair of Co-Curricular Committee, Tracey Lewis-Elligan (, Chair of Sociology or Martha Martinez-Firestone (, Director of Undergraduate Program.