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The wisdom of sociology: Sam Richards at TEDxLacador

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The wisdom of sociology: Sam Richards at TEDxLacador

How can an academic discipline like Sociology be life changing? This talk suggests one way by exploring how sociologists teach us to re-imagine our personal problems and ourselves. In the end, we learn that even in our most private and seemingly isolated moments, we may be more connected to others than we realize.

His unique ability to connect with students along with his innovative use of technology in the classroom makes Sam Richards a very popular Sociology professor in the United States. Every semester over 750 students at Penn State University take his class on race and ethnic relations, the largest course on this subject in the world. He creates an active learning space where he addresses with humor and courage the very questions that most of us choose to avoid. Sam is also a co-founder of Penn State's World in Conversation Center. Every year, thousands of students from around the world participate in the Center's mission to bring conflict into collaboration through peer-facilitated dialogue.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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What Is Sociology?: Crash Course Sociology #1

Today we kick off Crash Course Sociology by explaining what exactly sociology is. We’ll introduce the sociological perspective and discuss how sociology differentiates itself from the other social sciences. We’ll also explore what sociology can do, and how a concern with social problems was at the center of sociology's beginnings.

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SOCIOLOGY - Émile Durkheim

Emile Durkheim was a French 19th century sociologist who focused on what modern capitalism does to our minds - and concluded that it might, quite literally, be driving us to an early grave. Please subscribe here:
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Coronavirus and Its Sociological Impact #Soc119

This is a short segment from an introductory class on race and culture that is taught by Dr. Sam Richards at Penn State University. Today's video comes from the sixth class of the Spring 2020 semester. The live stream took place on January 30, 2020:


Feel free to participate in the chat space and interact with students in the classroom by using the #soc119 hashtag on Twitter. But please be kind. Remember, this is a classroom.

You can join our Discord Server!

If we show a video in class, we'll post the link here:

We live stream every class, during the fall semester the live stream is Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 4:35-5:50pm EST. During the spring semester we stream on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 3:05-4:20pm EST. Need help finding your local time with our stream? Go to and enter State College, PA and then your local major city.

We also live stream a podcast every Friday @ 12pm EST! That time stays the same each semester and includes when school is not happening.

PODCAST: You Can’t Say That
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The Eyes - Sam Richards in Soc 119

Short segment from Soc 119, Penn State's race and ethnic relations class taught by Dr. Sam Richards.

A radical experiment in empathy: Sam Richards at TEDxPSU

Sam Richards is a sociologist and award-winning teacher who has been inspiring undergraduate students at Penn State since 1990. Every semester, 725 students register for his Race and Ethnic Relations course, one of the most popular classes at Penn State and the largest of its kind in the country. Through his natural ability of seeing a subject from many angles, Richards encourages students to engage more fully with the world and to think for themselves — something he did not do until his third year in college. Because of his passion for challenging students to open their minds, an interviewer recently referred to him as an alarm clock for eighteen-year-olds.

His career began at the age of 24 when he was hired to teach a cybernetics course — just 15 minutes before the first class meeting. He remembers walking into the room without having had a moment to create a lesson plan and greeting his students, Welcome to the course. I'm your instructor. And if you have no idea what cybernetics is, you're not alone — because I don't either. This characteristic willingness to be playfully transparent in the classroom, along with a talent for making complex ideas understandable and relevant, is the foundation of his success as a teacher.

Richards is also the co-director of the World in Conversation Project at Penn State ( whose mission is to create a kind of dialogue about social and cultural issues that invites the unexamined, politically incorrect thoughts of participants to the surface so that those thoughts can be submitted to conscious exploration and inquiry. The conversation topics span a range of cultural issues — from U.S. race relations to gender to faith to international racism. This year, nearly 7,000 University Park students will participate in one of more than 1,300 of these unscripted conversations. Furthermore, the project also sponsors video dialogues between Penn State students and students at other universities around the world.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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Malay translation: Iliani Wan Ahmad Murtadza

Evolution in Sociology - Sam Richards in SOC119

This is a short segment from an introductory class on race and culture that is taught by Dr. Sam Richards at Penn State University. Today's video comes from the second class from August 24, 2017:

Feel free to participate in the chat space and interact with students in the classroom by using the #soc119 hashtag on Twitter. But please be kind. Remember, this is a classroom.

If we show a video in class, we'll post the link in the live stream chat space.

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This is going to be big | Sam Richards | TEDxPSU

Dr. Sam Richards gave his very first TEDx talk in 2010. Unbeknownst to him at the time, it would be a transformative moment in his life. Sam reflects on the impact that his initial radical experiment in empathy had over the last decade. This talk introduced the TEDxPSU Continuum event on February 16, 2020 at Schwab Auditorium at Penn State. Teaching Professor of Sociology

Director of Development, World in Conversation Center for Public Diplomacy This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Wisdom Of Sociology

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Why You Should Use Your (Sociological) Imagination | Pawan Dhingra | Talks at Harvard College

Pawan Dhingra is Professor of American Studies and Contributing Faculty in Anthropology/Sociology at Amherst College. He is Former Curator and Senior Advisor to the historic Smithsonian Institution’s Beyond Bollywood project. He and his work have been profiled on numerous media and public outlets, including the White House forum on AAPI heritage, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Colorlines, Times of India, and many more. He has written and spoken on various aspects of the immigrant experience. This includes the award-winning Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream(Stanford University Press, 2012) and the award-winning Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities (Stanford University Press, 2007). He co-authored, Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Polity Press 2014). In addition to writing op-eds and award-winning articles, he also appears in the documentary on Indian American spelling bee kids, Breaking the Bee. He has been President of the Board of the South Asian American Digital Archive. He has been department chair and held tenured positions at Tufts University and Oberlin College. He is @phdhingra1
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Who Is Sam Richards? #SOC119

This is a short segment from an introductory class on race and culture that is taught by Dr. Sam Richards at Penn State University. Today's video comes from the first class on January 9, 2018:

Feel free to participate in the chat space and interact with students in the classroom by using the #soc119 hashtag on Twitter. But please be kind. Remember, this is a classroom.

If we show a video in class, we'll post the link here:

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Class website:
Facebook:
Twitter:
Snapchat: SOC_119
Instagram:

The artist of the song used in this video has given SOC119 the permission to use the song however the video editors see fit. Support the artist by clicking this link:

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Who is Sam Richards? #SOC119

This is a short segment from an introductory class on race and culture that is taught by Dr. Sam Richards at Penn State University. Today's video comes from the first class of the Fall 2020 semester. The live stream took place on August 25, 2020:

Feel free to participate in the chat space and interact with students in the classroom by using the #soc119 hashtag on Twitter. But please be kind. Remember, this is a classroom.

We live stream every class, during the fall semester the live stream is Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 4:35-5:50pm EST. During the spring semester we stream on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 3:05-4:20pm EST. Need help finding your local time with our stream? Go to and enter State College, PA and then your local major city. We also live stream a podcast every Friday @ 12pm EST! That time stays the same each semester and includes when school is not happening.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Class website:
Live Stream:
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Twitter:
Instagram:
Discord:

PODCAST: You Can’t Say That
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Do you have a comment, question or concern?
Email: sam@soc119.org, staff@soc119.org
Voicemail: 814-430-3555‬

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The Life of Dr. Sam Richards #Soc119

This is a short segment from an introductory class on race and culture that is taught by Dr. Sam Richards at Penn State University. Today's video comes from the first class of the Spring 2020 semester. The live stream took place on January 14, 2020:

Feel free to participate in the chat space and interact with students in the classroom by using the #soc119 hashtag on Twitter. But please be kind. Remember, this is a classroom.

You can join our Discord Server!

If we show a video in class, we'll post the link here:

We live stream every class, during the fall semester the live stream is Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 4:35-5:50pm EST. During the spring semester we stream on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 3:05-4:20pm EST. Need help finding your local time with our stream? Go to and enter State College, PA and then your local major city.

We also live stream a podcast every Friday @ 12pm EST! That time stays the same each semester and includes when school is not happening.

PODCAST: You Can’t Say That
Anchor:
Spotify:
iTunes:
Google:

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Class website:
Facebook:
Twitter:
Snapchat: SOC_119
Instagram:

The artist of the song used in this video has given SOC119 the permission to use the song however the video editors see fit. Support the artist by clicking this link:

Video Tags (Ignore): Sociology, Soc119, Soc 119, Soc, Penn State, PSU, Penn State University, Sam Richards, Sam, Richards, Dr Sam Richards, Dr. Sam Richards, Race, Ethnic, Relations, Race and Ethnic Relations, Live Stream, Livestream, Live on YouTube, Life of Sam Richards, Life of Richards, Life of Dr. Richards, who is Sam Richards, Sam Richards wikipedia, ratemyprofessor, rate my professor

Close That Door

Prof. Sam Richards discussing an alternative view of illegal immigration in his Race and Ethnic Relations course (SOC 119) at Penn State University.
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West vs. East - Sam Richards in Soc 119

Short segment from Soc 119, Penn State's race and ethnic relations class taught by Dr. Sam Richards.

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Freedom vs. Determinism.MP4

Dr. Sam Richards discussing freedom and determinism and the wisdom of the center.

It's Easy to Forget

Prof. Sam Richards discusses a double standard that is illuminated by modern day slavery in his Race and Ethnic Relations course (SOC 119) at Penn State University.

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