Month: February 2021

David Embrick: UConn Partners with FutureLearn to Expand Digital Education Presence Globally

Check out UConn Today's recent article titled "UConn Partners with FutureLearn to Expand Digital Education Presence Globally" where they announce Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies David Embrick, Assistant Professor of Communication Shardé M. Davis, and Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Milagros Castillo-Montoya will be teaching an online course partnered with FutureLearn.


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The University of Connecticut has partnered with FutureLearn, one of the world’s leading social learning platforms, to begin offering courses globally as massive open online courses (MOOCs).

UConn, a research-intensive, top 25 public university, will mark the launch of the partnership with courses on racism in the United States. A two-course series will open for enrollment on FutureLearn starting March 14. Individuals can enroll in this free, public, online offering at FutureLearn’s website.

The first course, “Anti-Black Racism in America” by UConn sociology professor David Embrick, provides learners with a foundational grasp of anti-Black racism in order to inform a broader understanding of the global history of racism and the black-white binary that exists. It begins on March 14.

Phoebe Godfrey Q&A: Climate Grief and Our Crisis of Culture

Check out Associate Professor in Residence of Sociology, Phoebe Godfrey in UConn Today’s recent article titled Q&A: Climate Grief and Our Crisis of Culture where she answers questions regarding Climate Grief.


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A common reaction to the developments of the daily news cycle is a feeling of anxiety and despair in the face of climate change. Sometimes also referred to as “climate grief” or “eco-anxiety,” the feeling is fueled by constant news stories about accelerating sea ice loss, record breaking global temperatures, and declines in species, such as insects. As society grapples with comprehending the vast challenge of climate change – a subject explored by this year’s UConn Reads selection – it’s no surprise that climate grief is growing more common.

Laura Mauldin: “If he gets COVID, it’s over”

Check out Sociology Assistant Professor Laura Mauldin’s recent article in Caring Across Generations titled “‘If he gets COVID, it’s over’: I talked to spousal caregivers during COVID, here’s what I’ve learned.” The article talks about the stress spousal caregivers are faced with due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Family caregivers are everywhere. The latest studies show there are 53 million of them, an increase of 9.5 million in just the last 5 years. My research focuses on spousal caregivers, a subpopulation of family caregivers. Spousal caregivers differ from other family caregivers: They assist with more activities of daily living, perform more medical or nursing tasks, are almost always the sole caregiver, and are far more likely to be doing “high intensity” caregiving. They also report feeling significantly more stressed and more alone than other types of caregivers. The COVID-19 pandemic has markedly worsened the situation. I talked to 43 caregivers ranging from 29-87 years old, across 21 states. I asked them about the effects of COVID-19 on their lives.”

Andrew Deener: “Values of the Food System on Display”

Check out Professor of Sociology Andrew Deener’s recent article in American Sociological Association titled “Values of the Food System on Display.” The article discusses how the recent COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted longstanding issues of food waste and food insecurity in the U.S. food system.


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“While the coronavirus pandemic put a spotlight on the U.S. food system, the pandemic is not the cause of these problems. In fact, both food waste and food insecurity are normal features of the food system. The USDA estimates that between 30 and 40 percent of the food supply is wasted every year, and food insecurity has remained a constant policy issue for decades without the federal government ever developing comprehensive solutions.”

David Embrick: Publishing NOW! February 10, 2021

Heather Battaly (Philosophy, UConn)
David G. Embrick (Sociology and Africana Studies, UConn)
Charles Mahoney (English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, UConn)

February 10, 2021, 1:15–2:30pm

An online webinar. Event registration is required for attendance.

Heather Battaly is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. She specializes in epistemology, ethics, and virtue theory. She is the author of Virtue (Polity 2015), editor of The Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology (2018) and of Virtue and Vice, Moral and Epistemic (Blackwell 2010), and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Philosophical Research. She has published widely on the topics of intellectual virtue and intellectual vice. Her currents projects focus on humility, closed-mindedness, and vice epistemology.

David G. Embrick holds a joint position as Associate Professor in the Sociology Department and the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. Embrick’s research has centered largely on the impact of contemporary forms of racism on people of color. While most of his research is on what he has labeled “diversity ideology” and inequalities in the business world, he has published on race and education, racial microaggressions, the impact of schools-welfare-and prisons on people of color, and issues of sex discrimination. He serves as the founding co-editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, founding book series editor of “Sociology of Diversity” with Bristol University Press, and founding book series co-editor of “Sociology of Race and Ethnicity” with University of Georgia Press.

Charles Mahoney, Professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut, specializes in British Romantic literature and culture. The author and editor of various books and articles on Romantic poetry and non-fiction prose, he is currently completing work on an edition of Coleridge’s writings on Shakespeare for Princeton University Press. Since 2020, he has served as the editor of The Wordsworth Circle.