Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research
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Meeting Date:  January 27 (Thurs.), 2011, 4:30-6:00 PM, Berger Gallery, 207 College Hall, Duquesne University

Presenter:  Suzanne Staggenborg
Bio:  Suzanne Staggenborg is Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work includes Social Movements (Oxford University Press, 2011) and a number of other books and articles about social movements. Her current research is on the environmental movement in Pittsburgh.  

Title: "Studying the Pittsburgh G-20 Protests"
AbstractWhen the White House announced on May 28, 2009, that Pittsburgh had been chosen to host the G-20 meetings on September 24-25, 2009, local activists knew immediately that they would be responding with protests. And researchers studying social movements at the University of Pittsburgh also knew immediately that we wanted to study the protests. The G-20 protests provided an opportunity to observe in progress the mobilization of the progressive movement community in Pittsburgh. We used a number of methods to study the protests, including participant observation of planning sessions and protest events, surveys of participants, and in-depth interviews with activists following the protests. In this talk, I discuss these methods and some of our findings about the organization of the G-20 protests.

All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited.  Refreshments will be served.

For inquiries concerning CIQR, please contact the Center Coordinator, Fred Evans, Dept. of Philosophy,, 412-396-6507, or access the CIQR website, .

*The Center has been officially approved by the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, The Graduate Council of the College, and the Council of Deans for the University.  It is based in the College but open to members of all the schools of the University.  It includes interpretive and qualitative research in both the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences (including the practice of the latter in Nursing, Education, Occupational Therapy and other professional schools).