Criminology Discipline Coordinator Prof. Michelle VanNatta has had a busy year: she co-authored the report "Status of Girls in Illinois" with Mariame Kaba and Melissa Spatz, which was released in Fall 2009. Additionally, her article "Conceptualizing and Stopping State Sexual Abuse of People Incarcerated in Women’s Prisons" has been accepted for publication by Social Justice Journal and "Power and Control: Changing Structures in Battered Women’s Shelters" is forthcoming from the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. She also has been working as an advisory board member for the transformative justice group, Project Nia.

Chair of Sociology and Director of the Blues and the Spirit Symposium, Prof. Janice Monti, just completed another successful conference on blues and gospel music this past June that brought together a historical gathering of Chicago musical legends who played with Howlin’ Wolf alongside some of the most prestigious music scholars and journalists writing in the area of Chicago’s blues legacy.  She will deliver a lecture this November in London for the Dominican London Program tentatively titled: Muddying the Waters: The British Invasion and the Blues: An Attempt to Explain the Trans Atlantic Crossing and Re-Crossing of  African American Music and its Influence on British and American Popular