Dr. Alessandro Bonanno (Chair)
“Sociology is the science that studies society. But it is also a tool to change it.”
Dr. Gene Theodori (Director of Graduate Studies)
“The future never belongs to the youth but belongs to all individuals caught in the cumulation of trivial decisions.”
William R. Burch, Jr.
“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”
Dr. Doug Constance (Director of Undergraduate Studies)
"Do not go gentle into that good night.... Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
"The study of population offers something for everyone, the daily dramas of sex and death, politics and war; the interlacing of individuals and their collectivities; the confrontations of nature and civilization, (of) statistics and diaries, (of) self-interest and altruism."
Dr. Furjen Deng (Associate Chair)
"Power is not of a man. Wealth does not center in the person of the wealthy. Celebrity is not inherent in any personality. To be celebrated, to be wealthy, to have power requires access to major institutions."
C. Wright Mills
"The philosophers have interpreted the world in different ways. What matters is changing it."
“Objectivity is not about dis-engagement, but about mutual and usually unequal structuring, about taking risks in a world where ‘we’ are permanently mortal, that is, not in ‘final control.’”
“. for education among all kinds of men [humans] always has had, and always will have, an element of danger and revolution, of dissatisfaction and discontent.”
W. E. B. Du Bois – The Souls of Black Folk
“What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”
“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“That life is complicated may seem a banal expression of the obvious, but it is nonetheless a profound theoretical statement - perhaps the most important theoretical statement of our time.”
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
T. S. Eliot