Erdem Yoruk was recently awarded a $1.5 million 5 year ERC grant. The first sociologist from Turkey to receive this grant.
Academics Protest Facebook’s Censorship
Greetings from a hot summer in Turkey and hope this message will find you all well. The protest wave here has changed everything and it continues to change even more. I was going to ask for a support from you. Facebook has agreed with the Turkish government to censor political opposition content and group pages that have been quite active in recent political mobilization. So, a large number of popular opposition pages have been closed down recently. Now, there is a campaign among academics to condemn Facebook and to call for more freedom of speech on the social media. Since Facebook is a US corporation which puts extensive emphasis on company reputation, support from the US academy is of great importance to effect Facebook’s decision. If Facebook continues to collaborate with the Turkish government, this might cause further collaborations with governments of other countries, as well.
Stirred, Not Shaken: The Social Sciences Are Already Shaking
The response by Robert Kaplan to the recent Christakis New York Times editorial on the decline of the traditional social sciences
Thanks to Alum Tom Dial for sending us this Dilbert Nurture vs Nature Comic Strip
Travis Gosa (2008) opines on the 50th anniversary MLK March
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