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Sociological Association hosts lectures Nov. 13 and 15

Contact: Constance Woods


     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Sociological Association, a student organization in Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, is hosting two guest lectures Nov. 13 and 15.

     John Boulahanis, a Southeastern assistant professor of criminal justice and noted criminologist specializing in social construction and fear of crime, will speak on “Constructing Reality: News Media Impact on Public Perceptions and Fear of Crime” on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

     Boulahanis takes a social constructionist approach in examining the reporting patterns of crime and public perceptions based on the patterns. He will address questions such as how representative are news media claims, what effects do media claims have on those who subscribe to them, and why are certain claims elevated to social problems, while others are not?

     Flavio Melara of the Universidad Technologica de Honduras will be the SSA’s guest on Nov. 15. At 2 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom. He will discuss cooperative initiatives between the Honduran university, the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, and the Garifuna community of Bajamar in Honduras.

     The SSA raised $1,200 to assist the vocational school Escuela Vocacional Francisco Morazan in Bajamar. The organization will present a check to assist with rebuilding a fence around the school and infrastructure work.

     For additional information, contact SSA President Jennifer Cheek, Jennifer Cheek, (985) 549-3634,

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