2013-2014 Lecturer: Karen Cerulo

Karen Cerulo, Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University, is a leading cultural sociologist.  Her central focus on culture and cognition is exemplified by three major works, Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst (2006), Deciphering Violence: The Cognitive Structure of Right and Wrong (1998), and Identity Designs: The Sights and Sounds of a Nation (1995), awarded the American Sociological Association Culture Section’s Best Book Award of 1996, as well as by numerous articles and edited collections.  Professor Cerulo has served as editor of Sociological Forum since 2006.  Her excellence as a teacher and commitment to undergraduate education have been honored by her receipt of Rutgers University’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education and the University’s Scholar-Teacher Award.  Known as a dynamic speaker,  Professor Cerulo will speak on “Your Brain: What Sociologists Can Tell You That Neuroscientists Can’t.”