SESP Hosts Conference on Social Relationships

SESP Hosts Conference on Social Relationships

HandsNorthwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) will host an international two-day conference on the role of social relationships in homes, schools, online communities, organizations, inequality, and more as part of its Global Initiative conference series.

“Social Relationships across the Life Span,” held Oct. 26 and 27, brings together a diverse group of influential scholars and students who study everything from human development and learning sciences to psychology, sociology, economics, and education. 

Register for the conference here.

Participants will learn how researchers from a broad range of fields and with multiple perspectives address questions related to social relationships throughout life.

SESP Dean David Figlio and Diane Schanzenbach, director of Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research will open the conference, which is focused on the five following topics: 

  • Social Relationships from Early Childhood to Late Life
  • Social Interaction and Learning
  • Social Relationships and Social Networks
  • Social Relationships and Inequality
  • Social Relationships and Organizations

The event features international experts, including Stéphane Côté of the University of Toronto; Ruth Feldman of Israel’s Bar-Ilan University; and Jenny Wagner of Germany’s Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education.

U.S.-based scholars include Matthew Kraft (Brown University); Debora Lui (University of Pennslyvania); Spiro Maroulis (Arizona State University); Gabriela Richard (Pennsylvania State University); and Mario Small (Harvard University).

Northwestern faculty also will be featured. They include SESP professors Emma K. Adam, Jeannette Colyvas, Claudia Haase, Eva Lam, Jolie Matthews, Kirabo Jackson, James Spillane, Reed Stevens, Shirin Vossoughi, Marcelo Worsley, and sociology professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes.

Northwestern doctoral student scholars, which include Emily Hittner, Olivia Healy, Courtenay Kessler, Phoebe Lam, Kit Martin, Mollie McQuillan, Emily Ross Jacquelyn Stephens, Ryan Svoboda, will present their work in 10-minute blitz sessions.  All talks will be posted on YouTube.

The conference is hosted by the SESP’s Office of Global Initiatives and co-sponsored by the Institute for Policy Research. In April 2015, SESP collaborated with Sciences Po, the highly regarded Paris center for research and higher education, for the conference “Education and Society: Access, Opportunity, and Equity.”

Also in 2015, SESP brought students and faculty members together from the University of Oslo and the University of California, Berkeley for a conference on leadership, policy and educational opportunity.

The Office of Global Initiatives is led by SESP’s Spillane, the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change. It was established in 2013 to help faculty and students make global connections and to encourage international efforts in education and collaboration across countries. The office also communicates international news and research and promotes cross-cultural projects.

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 10/4/17