Recent Visitors and Events

In April, Caper sponsored a field trip for the undergraduate Sociology Society to Hunt Correctional Facility, a maximum security state prison in St. Gabriel, LA.

Dr. Brian Johnson visits LSU and the Department of Sociology

Brian Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland was co-sponsored by CAPER in a presentation entitled "The Social Context of Guideline Circumvention: The Case of Federal District Courts" on Friday, April 20th, 2007.

Dr. Kenneth Land visits LSU and the Department of Sociology

Kenneth Land was co-sponsored by CAPER in a presentation entitled "Don't Mess with Texas: A Time-Series Analysis of Executions and Short-Term General Deterrence of Homicides, 1980-2005" on Friday, February 2nd, 2007.

Dr. John Shelton Reed visits LSU and the Department of Sociology

John Shelton Reed gives a public lecture in 26 Stubbs Hall titled “Southern Culture and Southern Violence” on October 25th, 2006.

Dr. Samuel C. Hyde visits LSU and the Department of Sociology

Professor Hyde (center) conversing with Dr. William B. Bankston (left) and Dr. Matthew R. Lee (right) at a reception following his lecture.

Dr. Samuel Hyde, Leon Ford endowed Chair in Regional Studies, Professor of History, and the Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern Louisiana Unversity was invited by the CAPER group to speak at Louisiana State University's Department of Sociology. On June 15, 2006 he visited the department and gave an intriguing lecture entitled "Killing is Within Our Rights: Honor, Identity and the Enduring Legacy of Violence in Louisiana's Florida Parishes." Professor Hyde is pictured above (center) talking with Dr. Edward Shihadeh, Dr. Matthew R. Lee, and Dr. William B. Bankston during the reception following his lecture.

Professor Hyde (center) conversing with Dr. William B. Bankston (left) and Dr. Matthew R. Lee (right) at a reception following his lecture.

Dr. Robert Sampson visits LSU and the Department of Sociology

Dr. Robert Sampson, Chairman of the Department of Sociology and Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, visited Louisiana State University and the Department of Sociology as a part of the Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series on March 16, 2006. Professor Sampson gave a lecture titled "Neighborhood and Community in the Modern City." Professor Sampson is pictured above (left) meeting Chancellor Sean O'Keefe (right).

Professor Sampson conversing with Anna Cutlip (left) at a reception following his lecture.

Mayor Kip Holden Visits Dr. Weil's Social Research Methods Class

On April 28, 2006, Mayor Kip Holden (6th from left) visited Dr. Rick Weil's (7th from left) Social Research Methods class to hear presentations regarding the recent Baton Rouge Area Survey.

Mayor Kip Holden visits the Department of Sociology

Mayor Melvin "Kip" Holden (right) visited CAPER fellow Dr. Rick Weil's (left) Undergraduate Research Methods class to view their end of semester presentations involving the annual Baton Rouge Area Survey, conducted each Spring by Dr. Weil's undergraduate students.

The Sociology Club and CAPER sponsors Field Trip to Angola

On April 20, 2006, The Sociology Club and CAPER sponsored a Field trip for undergraduate students in Sociology. They visited historic Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

Dr. Tom Durant Forms Gambling Research Interest Group

Dr. Durant, A CAPER Research Fellow and a Professor of Sociology and African American Studies recently formed a Gambling Research Interest Group including several Graduate Students in the Department of Sociology. Their recent activities included presenting papers and serving on roundtables at the Annual Meetings of the Midsouth Sociological Association in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Papers included "Patterns of Casino Gambling & Their Influence on Native American Reservations" authored by Dr. Durant and Aaryn Ward, a Graduate Student in the Department of Sociology. The Roundtable was titled "A Sociological Understanding of Casino Gambling: The Effects of Race, Class and Gender" and the participants were Hagi Bradley and Aaryn Ward from Louisiana State University, Ollie Christian from Southern University, and J. David Knotterus, Jean VanDelinder, and Ray von Robertson from Oklahoma State University. To view the program for the Midsouth Meeting visit http://www.midsouthsoc.org/program2005.pdf

Dr. Neal Shover visits the Department of Sociology

Recently, the Department of Sociology at LSU was visited by Dr. Neal Shover, who gave a presentation on white-collar crime. Dr. Shover (center) is pictured here with CAPER fellows Dr. Bill Bankston (left) and Dr. Edward Shihadeh (right).