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Everything You See is Something Else
Lynn Appleton

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Sociology is the art of looking at society as if you have just arrived from another planet, combined with the science of gathering data relevant to the questions that you ask. Sociology is at its best when it is informed by the timeless questions of the humanities: How should we live? What is it to be human? 

South Florida is a great location for the practice of sociology. Almost everyone is from somewhere else; almost every place is newly created. It’s a place on the edge. And, as Kurt Vonnegut had one of his characters say in Player Piano, “I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.”

This provocative set of lectures offers you the chance to see the everyday world with a new set of eyes.

1. How food became the enemy: The irony of diabetes and diets, the real cost of cheap corn, and the battle over fat acceptance.
2. Experts, trust and choices: When “ask your doctor” isn’t enough.
3. Caring and commodification: Doctors, nurses, lap dancers and therapists.
4. Death as a profit center: How dying became profitable, and who wants to keep it that way.
5. Inequality, demography, and invisibility: Why our social worlds are so small, even in – or maybe because of – the age of infinite information and unparalleled access.
6. Social status: Winners and losers, Queen Bees and alpha males. The American obsession with status.
7. An angry politics: Hate, vitriol, resentment and ferocity in working class politics.
8. The myth of the family: Making sense of the fact that more people live alone now than at any other time in human history.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:  Dr. Lynn Appleton (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is Chair of the Department of Sociology  at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).  Her current research is on the therapeutic disciplines, with a particular focus on their connection to social, economic and political structures.

Time: 1:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Date: Thursdays, January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $74
Door price member/non-member - $110

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