UConn Voices

Promotional photo from the Legend of Tarzan official website.

The White Savior: Racial Inequality in Film

A UConn sociologist discusses the portrayal of white and black characters in 'The Legend of Tarzan' and 'The Free State of Jones.'

The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., a well-known headquarters for the Civil Rights Movement, was bombed in 1963. Cathy Schlund-Vials reflects on the interconnections between church and state, as the UConn Reads program transitions from last year’s theme of race to the upcoming theme of religion. (Photo by Chris Pruitt (own work), via Wikimedia Commons)

UConn Reads: Race, Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement

The chair of the UConn Reads Selection Committee draws connections between last year's theme of race and the upcoming theme of religion.

Joelle A. Murchison, associate vice president and chief diversity officer, University of Connecticut. (Jeff Yardis Photo)

Chief Diversity Officer Named

Joelle Murchison, currently chief diversity officer for Travelers, has been named associate vice president and chief diversity officer at UConn.

Hands grasping prison bars. (iStock Photo)

UConn Reads: Race and the Law

Political science professor David Yalof recounts how he came to realize that the law isn't the solution he hoped for in regard to race relations.

Calliope Wong poses for a portrait at the piano onstage at von der Mehden Recital Hall on Sept. 30, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Student Perspective: Calliope Wong ’16

A woman of many talents, Wong discusses recording an album, crusading for transgender equality, and deciding to graduate a full year early – with honors.

A new book by a UConn sociologist discusses the need for more direct language to address systemic racism.

Words Matter

A new book by a UConn sociologist discusses the need for more direct language to address systemic racism.

An African-American woman stands in line to vote. (iStock Photo)

African-American Women Could Be Decisive on Super Tuesday

UConn political scientist Evelyn Simien argues that African-American women will play a significant role in the choice of candidate in the primaries.

Emmett and Mamie Till. (Source: The Mamie Till Mobley Foundation)

UConn Reads: Maternal Activism and Racial Justice

A daughter reflects on mothers who advocate tirelessly for racial justice for their children, despite their own suffering.

A book by UConn associate professor of political science Evelyn M. Simien, Historic Firsts: How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics on Jan. 22, 2016. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

A Candidate Like Me: Historic Firsts in U.S. Politics

Before Obama and Hillary Clinton came Chisholm and Jackson. A look at how trail-blazing candidates bring people into the electoral process.

Same-sex couple. (iStock Photo)

Same-Sex Marriage and the Law

In a cross-national study, two UConn sociologists found that policy outcomes on same-sex marriage were closely tied to the courts.