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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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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.


Tuesday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 13


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


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.


“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.”


CSUF student group Alpha Kappa Delta and the Sociology Department


$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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