Sociology and Everyday Life: Applying Sociology to Current Events and Your Everyday Experiences

An Online Lecture and Q&A with Karen Sternheimer

Please join us for an online lecture for students and instructors with Karen Sternheimer, sociologist and editor of the Everyday Sociology Blog and the Everyday Sociology Reader. During the event, Dr. Sternheimer will highlight how sociology can help us make sense of the world around us, from the most hot-button current events we see in the news, to the most relatable everyday experiences. The lecture will last approximately 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. Open to all students, instructors, and sociology fans!


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Karen Sternhemier and Everyday Sociology Reader

Karen Sternheimer is a distinguished fellow at USC's Center for Excellence in Teaching and is the director of undergraduate studies for the sociology department. She teaches a number of courses touching on issues of inequality, public policy, social exclusion, and childhood. Her research focuses on issues related to popular culture and youth, particularly fears surrounding both. Specific topics of inquiry have included concerns about youth violence, kidnapping, substance use, child obesity, teen driving, and fears about the effects of media on children. Her most recent books include The Social Scientist's Soapbox: Adventures in Writing Public Sociology (Routledge, 2018), Pop Culture Panics: How Moral Crusaders Construct Meanings of Deviance and Delinquency (Routledge, 2015), and Celebrity Culture and the American Dream: Stardom and Social Mobility, 2nd ed (Routledge, 2015).

Photo credit: Karen Sternheimer