The Demography Workshop

Upcoming Events

The next Spring Quarter Demography Workshop will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017. We look forward to seeing you there!

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The Demography Workshop is held on Thursdays between noon and 1:20 p.m. at NORC at the University of Chicago at 1155 East 60th Street in seminar room 232/233 on the second floor. Contact Katherine Morris at (773)256-6346 or for more information. The Demography Workshop co-chairs for the 2011-2012 Academic Year are Kathleen Cagney, Jane Leber Herr, Damon Jones, and Amy Claessens. For the current workshop schedule, see the Center's Web Calendar>>

Since the 1984-85 academic year, the weekly Demography Workshop has played a unique and central role in integrating advanced graduate students into the intellectual life of the demography program of the Committee on Demographic Training (CDT), training graduate students in demographic studies, preparing them for the public presentations of their work which they will face at professional meetings and colloquia, and exposing them to the interdisciplinary intellectual exchange that is central to the practice of contemporary American demography. No other teaching activity at the University of Chicago provides students with intense, regular exposure to interdisciplinary debate about contemporary demographic research.

We have recently renamed this series in honor of Donald Bogue. One cannot capture the influence of his career in these pages, but as someone who did groundbreaking work in both demography and urban sociology, and founded the journal Demography in 1964, we thought it fitting to remind each presenter and audience member of his impact on the field. We also note that Professor Bogue was a regular participant in the workshop until his 95th birthday; his collegiality and commitment to our program was evident.

Demography Workshop Schedule 2016-2017

The Spring Quarter Demography Workshop begins March 30, 2017. Please see the current schedule: 2017 Spring Quarter Schedule>>>> 

Kathryn Demanelis, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Public Health Sciences at The University of Chicago, will present "Genomic biomarkers of aging across tissues in arsenic-exposed populations" on March 30th. 

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Links to archived papers, abstracts, and slides presented at the Demography Workshop are posted when available. For a listing of available papers and abstracts, see Papers and Abstracts >>

Annual Seminar on the Protection of Human Subject Research Participants (PHSRP)

Each year, the Population Research Center (PRC), the Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging (CoA) and the NORC Institutional Review Board (IRB) co-host a seminar on the Protection of Human Subject Research Participants (PHSRP) during the spring Demography Workshop series. This annual workshop offers new insight on responsible research practices in the social sciences. The workshop is a requirement of the CoA specialized training program, which is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to support four predoctoral and two postdoctoral fellowships

The 2014-2015 PHSRP took place on June 4, 2015. The seminar, titled "Ethics and Social Science Research: Protecting Human Subjects" was presented by Ellis Monk, Assistant Professor of Sociology, The University of Chicago. Professor Monk is also a PRC Associate. His presentation focused on the importance of understanding risks, confidentiality, and debriefing. He brought in examples from his own research to add to the discussion about ethical implications in situations that arise in the field.