A&M International Students, Faculty Attend SSSA Meeting in New Orleans

Five Texas A&M International University students and five of their University professors attended the 77th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association in New Orleans, Louisiana recently.

The three-day conference theme was Looking Backwards; The Social Sciences View the Twentieth Century.

A&M International faculty attending the conference included Dr. Nasser Momayezi, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, History and Political Science and Associate Professor of Political Science; Dr. Carol Waters, Assistant Professor of Political Science; Dr. Aaron Knight, Assistant Professor of Political Science; Dr. Jeffrey Brown, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Sociology/Psychology Club sponsor, and Dr. Marjorie Coppock, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Dr. Cecilia Garza, Assistant Professor of Sociology, organized two sections for student papers. Because she was unable to attend the conference, the sessions were moderated by Dr. Brown.

Students attending the conference as representatives of the University's Sociology/Psychology Club included Erica Brewer, Victoria Woods, Vangie Moreno, Angie Rodriguez and Richard Guerra.

Dr. Momayezi presented a paper on Islamic Revivalism and Quest for Political Power. Drs. Waters and Knight were co-authors of a paper, Hispanic Social Justice: Connecting Identity to Beliefs. Dr. Coppock, presented her paper, El Norte: Stories of the Journey and was chair and organizer of the border studies section of the conference. Dr. Coppock was assisted by students Erica Brewer and Victoria Woods, who assisted in the data collection and interviews that are featured in Coppock's paper.

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