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Global Café | The Biography of 10%: Social Science Measures and the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement (Wendy Espeland)

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CT

Where: 2010 Sheridan Road, Room 201, 2010 Sheridan Road , Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Student

Cost: Free

Contact: Linda Remaker   (847) 491-7980

Group: International Studies

Category: Academic


Please join the International Studies Program for dinner and conversation with Wendy Espeland, Professor of Sociology at Northwestern.

Professor Espeland works in the areas of organizations, culture, and law. Her book The Struggle for Water: Politics, Rationality and Identity in the American Southwest was awarded the Best Book Prize by the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, the Rachel Carson Award from the Society for the Social Studies of Science, and the Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration.

Espeland is currently writing a book about the effects of commensuration, the process of translating qualities into quantities. In it she investigates how media rankings have influenced higher education, how efforts to measure homosexuality have shaped gay and lesbian politics, and the commensurative practices necessary in order to transform air pollution into a commodity that is traded on futures markets.

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