Robin M. Williams, Jr. Lecturer To Speak at Chestnut Hill College

 Dr. Margaret L. Andersen to Discuss “Visualizing Sociology in Everyday Life”

Release Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008

 Dr. Margaret L. Andersen, the 2007-2008 Robin M. Williams, Jr. Lecturer, will discuss “Visualizing Sociology in Everyday Life” on Wednesday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Social Room, Fournier Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Human Services Department at Chestnut Hill College.

Dr. Margaret Andersen, the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware, is best known for her work on the intersections of race, class, and gender in producing social inequality, and she has recently expanded her background to work with visual materials. Dr. Andersen’s lecture is based on several of her published works, including her most recent book, On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection (published by Mystic Seaport Museum) and her forthcoming book, Living Art: The Life of Paul R. Jones, African American Art Collector. Her lecture will use these works, as well as visually appealing materials to teach sociology, and to engage her audience in a dialogue about the sociological imagination in everyday life — with a focus on race, class, and gender.

Dr. Andersen is a past president of the Eastern Sociological Society and was elected vice president of the American Sociological Association for the 2008-2009 year. She currently chairs the National Advisory Board of the Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University, where she has been a visiting professor.

In addition to frequently speaking on college and university campuses, she is an accomplished author of numerous publications, including Essentials of Sociology, a textbook that is used for class instruction in the Sociology Department at Chestnut Hill College. In 2006 she received the American Sociological Association’s Jessie Bernard Award for expanding the field of sociology to include the study of women.

The Robin M. Williams, Jr. Lecturer is chosen annually by the Eastern Sociological Society and is named for well-known Cornell Emeritus professor of sociology Robin M. Williams, Jr. (1914-2006). Chestnut Hill was selected from a competitive pool of applicant schools to host a lecture by Dr. Andersen.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Sara Ellen Kitchen, JD at 215.248.7176 or e-mail