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Sociology Symposium to Explore Drugs in Society

March 12-13 Event to Explore Drugs and Public Health Policy in the U.S.

Feb. 26, 2013

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What:

Drugs in society will be the focus of the March 12-13 Sociology Symposium at Cal State Fullerton. The free, public symposium features talks by campus faculty members, alumni and students.

When:

Tuesday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 13

Where:

Titan Student Union Portola Pavilion
Cal State Fullerton, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831

Schedule:

March 12

  • 10 a.m. CSUF alumna Denise Maupin ’07 (B.A. sociology) will present a talk about overcoming addiction.
  • 1 p.m. CSUF graduate students Marilinda Berni and Anna Karin Tollin, both sociology majors, will present “Pacific Community Housing” and  “Explorations in Intersectionality for Understanding Subjective Perceptions and Experiences of Stigma.”
  • 2:30 p.m. Eric Carlson, an addiction counselor and recovery coach of Carlson & Associates, will present a lecture titled “Me, Myself and Why.”

March 13

  • 11:30 a.m. Diane Goldstein, a retired Redondo Beach Police lieutenant commander, will present “Reducing Death, Disease, Crime and Addiction: The Case for the Regulation of Drugs.”
  • 1 p.m. Randol Contreras, CSUF assistant professor of sociology and author of “The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence and the American Dream,” presents “Sex, Drugs . . . Let’s Roll!: Masculinity Constructions Among South Bronx Drug Robbers”; Jonathan Taylor, CSUF associate professor of geography, presents “The State of the Drug War: 2013”; and Dina Perrone, assistant professor of criminal justice at Cal State Long Beach and author of “The High Life: Club Kids, Harm and Drug Policy,” presents “Club Drugs, Drug Policy and Harm Reduction.”
  • 2:30 p.m. Joseph A. Weber, CSUF associate professor of sociology; Karen Wong, CSUF lecturer in sociology; and CSUF sociology majors Andrea Aguilar and Brianna Conforti will present “College Students Learn the Importance of Intergenerational Relationships,” while Staci Otanez will address the state of sex education.
  • 4 p.m. Berna M. Torr, CSUF assistant professor of sociology, will moderate a discussion on the university’s sociology graduate program.

Why:

“At a time when the ‘war on drugs’ appears to have run its course in the U.S., generating some of the highest drug-related incarceration rates of the Western world, it is important to revisit whether drug problems in society are best understood and tackled from a public-health or criminal-policing approach,” said Jorge Fontdevila, assistant professor of sociology and a symposium organizer. “The 2013 Sociology Symposium has invited a panel of community and academic experts to debate these issues.”

Sponsors:

CSUF student group Alpha Kappa Delta and the Sociology Department

Parking:

$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit Monday though Friday. Details available online.

More Info:

CSUF Sociology Department, 657-278-3531

Media Contact:

Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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