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


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

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.

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C. Wright Mills The Sociological Imagination

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Mills explores why theory is important to our understanding of society. He explains the concept of the Sociological Imagination-- his idea that sociologists needed to be critical and skeptical of the bureaucratization of sociological research. He sets forth a sense of what it means to be an intellectual scientist.

Introduction to Sociology - The Sociological Imagination - Part 1

The Sociological Imagination: Who We Are and How We Got Here - Part 1--This course provides a sampling of problems and methods used by sociologists, with
concrete examples from everyday life, history, and contemporary events.

Using the Sociological Imagination

Applying the sociological imagination to issues like eating disorders and attending BYU-Idaho

What is the Sociological Imagination?

University of Auckland sociology students describe C. Wright Mills's sociological imagination.

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Many of humanity’s greatest problems stem not from a shortfall of technical or financial intelligence, but what we term emotional intelligence. It is through the acquisition of Emotional Intelligence that we stand to become better lovers, workers, friends and citizens. We are rarely systematically taught Emotional Intelligence and pay a heavy price for this gap in learning. The School of Life is dedicated to fostering Emotional Intelligence.
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Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question Why? His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers -- and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.

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The Power of Mindfulness: What You Practice Grows Stronger | Shauna Shapiro | TEDxWashingtonSquare

How do we change? In this pioneering talk, Dr. Shauna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives.

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SHAUNA SHAPIRO, PhD, is a professor at Santa Clara University, a clinical psychologist, and an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to education; and is a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute co-founded by the Dalai Lama. Dr. Shapiro lectures and leads mindfulness programs internationally, serves on the Advisory Board of Axialent a leader on Conscious Business, and has brought mindfulness to pioneering companies including Cisco Systems and Google. She has published over 150 articles and book chapters and is co-author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness and Mindful Discipline: A loving approach to raising an emotionally intelligent child.

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Teaching Methods for Inspiring the Students of the Future | Joe Ruhl | TEDxLafayette

Collaboration. Communication. Critical thinking. Creativity. - Should be present in all classrooms.

Joe Ruhl received his bachelors and masters degrees at Purdue University and he has been sharing the joys of biology with kids for 37 years. He presently teaches Biology, Genetics, and Science Research courses at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana. Joe and his wife Gail have two children and two grandchildren. The National Association of Biology Teachers named Joe Ruhl the Outstanding Biology Teacher of Indiana in 1987. In 1988 he was awarded a Golden Apple Teaching Award by the Lafayette, Indiana Chamber of Commerce. In 1989 he was honored at the White House as Indiana’s recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. In 1996 he received the Purdue University College of Science Distinguished Alumnus Award for Excellence in K-12 Science Teaching. In 2004 he was awarded the Purdue College of Education’s Crystal Apple Teaching Award. And in 2012 he was honored with the Shell National Science Teaching Award.

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Margaret Neale: Negotiation: Getting What You Want

Negotiation is problem solving. The goal is not to get a deal; the goal is to get a good deal. Four steps to achieving a successful negotiation: assess, prepare, ask, package. Women increase the chance of a success when a proposal is framed in terms of benefits to your counterparts, team, or organization. Three questions to prepare women to enter a negotiation: Why are you asking? How are you asking? For whom are you asking?

Margaret Neale's research focuses primarily on negotiation and team performance. Her work applies judgment and decision-making research from cognitive psychology to the field of negotiation. Neale is the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She her BS in pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University, her MS from the Medical College of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University and her PhD in Business Administration from the University of Texas.

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Barack Obama graduation speech: Arizona State University (ASU)

President Michael Crow introduces President of the United States, Barack Obama, as he addresses the 2009 graduating class with words of wisdom. President Obama warns about chasing titles in the midst of the financial crisis and encourages graduates to pursue passions in order to contribute to a better world. He teaches that a focus on outwards markers of success can lead to the complacency that has lead the world into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Instead, we should leave the legacy of innovation and discovery to advance research, as well as assume responsibility over the economic, social and cultural health of our world.

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Matthew McConaughey In Conversation With Sadhguru {Full Talk}

Academy Award-winning actor @Matthew McConaughey asks Sadhguru about Karma, crafting one’s destiny, the connection between yoga and religion, and exploring the unknown. Sadhguru offers insights on how we should not confuse our lifestyle — a consequence of the times we live in — with life, the real thing!

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7:23 - The magnanimity of creation & the privilege of being human

8:33 - Fate is when you fail to create your own destiny

12:18 - Should we be more selfish?

16:01 - Is a sense of humor sometimes inappropriate?

18:48 - Shankaran Pillai's Radio Shack franchise

19:49 - My blessing is, may all your dreams not come true

23:43 - Karma is the bedrock of your memory

27:27 - Why are we so result-oriented, seeking short-term goals?

30:10 - Are religion and yoga somewhat synonymous?

35:30 - The significance of realizing I do not know

41:26 - Yoga is a technology, not a belief system

43:25 - What does it mean to be in union with creation

51:11 - Planting trees - from millions to billions to trillions

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57:00 - We need personal involvement now more than ever

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The Sociological Imagination - Private Troubles, Public Issues

This video lecture examines the idea of the sociological imagination being about seeing the relationship between private troubles and public issues, as argued by the famous American sociologist, C. Wright Mills.

“The Sociological Imagination” and its Relevance Today

Presented by Professor Derek McGhee.

The American sociologist C.Wright Mills published his book “The Sociological Imagination” in 1959. I first read this book as an undergraduate student in the early 1990s. “The Sociological Imagination” is a deceptively simple, yet complex little book. I can trace back the influence of this book throughout all of my research. The aspects of the book that I consider to be the most influential, and hence enduring, is Mills’ insistence that in order to understand the relationship between what he calls ‘personal troubles’ and ‘public issues’, sociologists must examine the interplay between: biography, history and society. Mills describes the late 1950s in America as ‘a time of uneasiness and indifference’ and that the foremost political and intellectual task of sociologists (and what he calls other ‘cultural workmen’ including natural scientists, artists and the members of the ‘intellectual community’ in general) is to make clear and understandable the elements of contemporary uneasiness and indifference.

Mills describes the social scientists as becoming the common denominator of his ‘cultural period’ and the Sociological Imagination as their ‘most needed quality of mind’. In this lecture, I will explore the relevance of “The Sociological Imagination” on my research and also explore its relevance beyond sociology and social sciences in our contemporary multidisciplinary research milieu.

Chapter 1: The Sociological Imagination - An Introduction

Chapter 1, The Sociological Imagination - An Introduction, from Conley's You May Ask Yourself (6th Ed.)

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Why are you in college? Did the people around you, including friends and family, expect you to go to college? Do you think this is the same for everyone? Why or why not?

Sociological Imagination in 2 minutes or less

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The Human Variety | C. Wright Mills: Sociological Imagination

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