To launch our new Criminology BA, the Department of Sociology presents:

Critical Issues in Crime & Justice Series

Join us for a series of events launching our new undergraduate degree in criminology.  We have planned panel discussions on criminal justice reform, a documentary screening of Milwaukee 53206, a guest lecture by renowned criminologist Chris Uggen, and even a panel of professionals working in crime and justice professions to give students a sense of the career opportunities with a criminology degree. The details of our spring events are still TBD, so check back here for more information. All events are held on the UB North Campus (unless otherwise specified.)

Fall 2019 Events

  • Milwaukee 53206, Documentary Screening. October 16, 2019, 5:00pm, Student Union Theatre (Room 201). Join members of the UB Sociology Club and students and faculty for a screening of this documentary that follows the lives of people living in the zip code that incarcerates the highest percentage of black men in the U.S.
  • Criminology Career Panel. October 25, 2019, 2:00pm, Student Union Room 330. Come hear from professionals in the field talk about the different career paths for students studying criminology.
  • The Dreamers, Film Screening and Commentary by Professor Robert Adelman. November 6, 2019, 5:00pm, 310 Silverman Library. This documentary screening and commentary is part of the Libraries' civil rights film series. This documentary follows teenagers from Honduras and El Salvador as they make journey to the U.S. to escape gang violence.

Spring 2020 Events

The details of these events are still unfolding so check back for more information on our spring events.
  • UB Distinguished Speaker Yusef Salaam: Pre-talk Informal Session. February 24, 2020. Join Mr. Salaam and members of the UB community before the distinguished speaker event at an informal session. Contact Professor Kristen Schultz Lee for more information about the pre-talk informal session or for free tickets (for high school and community college students and faculty) to the distinguished speaker event. 
  • "Locked Out: Institutional Spillovers and the Stickiness of Public Labels." Guest lecture by Professor Chris Uggen, University of Minnesota. February 26, 2020, 12-1:30pm, Park 280. Life course sociology and criminology provide compelling evidence that the distinction between “criminal” and “non-criminal” is largely a matter of time. Yet crime discourse and policy remain rooted in the notion of criminality as an immutable characteristic. This talk contrasts the fluidity in criminal behavior with the growing stickiness of public labels, drawing from experimental studies of criminal records on work and school outcomes, demographic analysis of changes in the population bearing such records, and their spillover effects on politics, health care, social services, and other institutions. 
  • Crime and Justice Issues in Western New York Panel Discussion. March 4, 2020, 6pm, Student Union Theatre. A panel of experts in criminal justice reform issues will meet to discuss their experiences with the criminal justice system and past and ongoing reform initiatives. The panel will be comprised of formerly incarcerated individuals and professionals working in the field of criminal justice reform, including: Cindi McEachon (Peaceprints of WNY), Rebecca Town (Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo), and Jerome Wright (Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement). Co-organized by UB student Eric Iglesias and UB faculty member Kristen Schultz Lee.
  • Tour of Attica Prison. April 9, 2020. Join members of the UB Sociology community for a tour of Attica prison. Contact Professor Mary Nell Trautner for more infornation.
  • Guest lecture by Professor Hadar Aviram, UC Hastings Law. April 24, 2020. Book talk about Yesterday’s Monsters.


All events are free and open to the public