Sociology and Anthropology Department

Gilman Scholarships Send Two Abroad for Fall Semester

Two Nebraska Wesleyan University seniors have each been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad for the fall semester.

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Class Gives Students Historic Opportunity to Experience Cuba

Last year Sarah Dyer enrolled in a course called “Cuban Youth Music Culture.”

For the music and gender studies major, the course would provide an exciting opportunity to learn more about contemporary Cuba. The course concluded with a 10-day trip to Cuba to completely immerse herself and connect her classroom lessons in person.

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Sociology Professors Honored for Work on Women's Rights

Sue Wortmann, associate professor of sociology, has been recognized with the Alice Paul Award for her lifelong dedication to women’s rights.

Wortmann was recognized on March 31 by the Women’s Foundation, which advocates for women and their families through education and outreach programs in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

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Gilman Scholarship Sends Senior Anthropology Major to France

A Nebraska Wesleyan University senior is spending her summer in France thanks to a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship that will help her further improve her French and photography.

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Chicago Center Helps NWU Sophomore Turn Windy City Into Her Classroom

When sophomore Savannah Lopez heard that the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture was making a visit to campus, she was among the first to make an appointment.

"As they were telling me about their program, I realized that the program was exactly the type of educational experience I wanted,” said Lopez. “I applied that same day."

Soon Lopez was headed east where she would make Chicago her classroom for a semester.

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Social Inequality Class Turns Service Learning Project into Culture Camp

Susan Wortmann wanted students enrolled in her "Social Inequality" course to gain insight on the social issues that stem from inequality. Students read their textbooks and listened to lectures, but Wortmann, associate professor of sociology, wanted her students to truly understand the issues surrounding social inequality.

She shared her goal with Sheila Vinton, an adjunct professor of anthropology at Nebraska Wesleyan University and executive director of the Asian Community and Culture Center in Lincoln.

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Behind Bars: Students Take Criminal Justice Lessons to State Penitentiary

Nebraska Wesleyan University senior Morgan Shea and four of her classmates spent part of their spring semester going to prison. 

The students learned early that crime doesn’t pay. They wanted to share that with others.

As part of an independent study project supervised by James Perry, assistant professor of professional studies, the students visited the Nebraska State Penitentiary one hour a week teaching inmates about the criminal justice system and multiple aspects of forensic science.

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