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Sociology Faculty Members Present at Conference

Two sociology faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology presented a paper at the 64th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society, held Oct. 25 at Lebanon Valley College, Annville.

Vinay Bahl, associate professor of sociology, and Richard Sahn, instructor of psychology/sociology, presented “Sociopathic Institutions: The Reasons for ‘Moral Monday’ in North Carolina.”

The discussion focused on the protests that began in Raleigh in 2013 and evolved into a grassroots social injustice movement that spread to other states in 2014, as well as on the role legislative institutions may play in enacting laws and policies leading to such protests.

Vinay Bahl
Vinay Bahl
Richard Sahn
Richard Sahn

Bahl and Sahn’s paper contributed to the theme of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society’s 2014 conference – “Examining Global and Local Inequality.”

The Pennsylvania Sociological Society serves sociology faculty, students, researchers and other professionals in the state. The purpose of the annual conference is to encourage research among sociologists and to expose professionals to the latest trends in the field.

The gathering is held at a different college campus each year. Penn College hosted the conference in 2013.

Bahl has taught sociology at Penn College since 1996, and Sahn has taught psychology and sociology at the college since 1975. Both hold doctoral degrees.

To learn more about sociology and other courses offered by Penn College’s School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, visit the school’s website.

Penn College is celebrating 100 years as an educational institution of national reputation throughout 2014. For more information, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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