Conferences, Symposia, and Panel Discussions

DemSemX-A Cross-Center Collaboration on May 29th, 2:00-4:00pm ET

DemSemX FlierDemSemX is a cross-center virtual collaboration among population research centers at 8 universities (Bowling Green, Cornell, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, Texas, UCLA and UW-Madison), designed to enhance scholarly interaction and graduate training across institutions. Together, we aim to take advantage of new virtual technologies and economies of scale to provide opportunities for scholarly interaction and training across our 8 centers. We especially hope to provide opportunities for students to present and get feedback on their work and to interact with other emerging and established scholars from these centers.

Join us this Friday, May 29, 2020, 2-4pm ET, for an inaugural DemSemX:

The first hour (2-3pm ET) will be a plenary session, where Wendy D. Manning and Elizabeth Wrigley-Field will each present and field questions on their new plans underway for conducting COVID-19 responsive research. Link to this session is here.

The second hour (3-4pm ET) will have breakout rooms for student presentations, hosted by each of the 8 universities. Two students per room will briefly present their research, and two faculty per room will provide feedback and guide discussion. You are welcome to join any of the breakout rooms (or move between them). Click here for the flyer with details and links to connect.

Differential Privacy in the 2020 US Census on 9/20, 12-1:15pm, Mann 102 with  John Abowd, Andrew Beveridge, Abraham Flaxman, Shannon Monnat,  and moderated by Matt Hall.  Hosted by CPC and co-sponsored by PAM

Panelists discussed Census objectives and plans for differential privacy; technical aspects and implications for data users; and concerns for applied demography, engaged and academic work.

Differential Privacy in the 2020 US Census Presentations and Resources

An Equal Start: Policy and Practice to Promote Equality of Opportunity for Children

Thursday, October 25 – Friday, October 26, 2018
Physical Science 401
Cornell, University

Hosted by the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research and co-sponsored by CPC and the Center for the Study of Inequality

Deep Wounds: Social Determinants of Health Inequalities

Thursday, November 8 – Friday, November 9, 2018
Statler Hotel, Ithaca, NY

Co-hosted by the CPC and the Center for the Study of Inequality

Social, institutional, and political factors generate enormous inequalities in health and health-producing behaviors by race, class, gender, ethnicity, and other social cleavages. The goals of the conference are to support and disseminate innovative approaches to understanding the social determinants of health and health-producing behaviors, and to identify the policy levers through which they might be mitigated.

The participants are leading academics from within and outside of Cornell and from multiple disciplines, including sociology, economics, public policy, and public health.

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Inequality with support from the Atlantic Philanthropies. Co-sponsored by the Cornell Population Center with support from the Frank H.T. Rhodes Annual Symposium Fund. Co-sponsored by the Cornell Center for Health Equity.

Faculty Organizers:

Vida Maralani (Sociology, Cornell University)
Erin York Cornwell (Sociology, Cornell University)

Interested in Attending?

Thursday keynote address is open to the public. All other sessions are by invitation only. Please email for more information.

Thursday, November 8
Keynote Address
4:30PM, G10 Biotechnology Building

America’s Population Health Crisis: Is It Really a Story of “Deaths of Despair”?

Robert Hummer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Friday, November 9
Lunch and Keynote Address
11:30-12:50, A/B Room, Taverna Banfi (Statler Hotel)

Race and Death of Family Members: Risk and Health Consequences

Debra Umberson, University of Texas at Austin

Paper Presentations
Thursday, November 8, 1:00 4:00 PM, Taylor A/B Room, Taverna Banfi, Statler Hotel
Friday, November 9, 8:00AM-5:00PM, Conference Amphitheater, Statler Hotel

Conference Agenda


Last year, CPC supported the following conference with generous sponsorship from the Frank H. T. Rhodes Annual Symposium Fund.

Criminalizing Immigrants PosterCriminalizing Immigrants: Border Controls, Enforcement, and Resistance, November 9-10, 2017, Cornell University. This conference examined the causes and consequences of the criminalization of immigration, drawing on empirical projects from around the globe. It was organized by CPC affiliates Filiz Garip (Sociology), Shannon Gleeson (ILR), and Matthew Hall (Policy Analysis and Management).

The “criminalization” of immigration through more restrictive immigration policies and stricter enforcement of existing policies affects migrants and their families, communities, and labor markets in sending and receiving nations. Topics included the impact of immigration enforcement on economic well-being and community cohesion; the responses of migrants, their families, and employers to increased efforts to detain and deport migrants; new patterns of inequality that emerge from greater enforcement; and state, municipal, and “third sector” responses to the changing needs of immigrant communities affected by detention and deportation.


2015 Rhodes Symposium — Demography & Gender: International Perspectives

The Parent Happiness Puzzle. Letizia Mencarini, Associate Professor of Demography at Bocconi University, Milan and Research fellow at DONDENA Centre for Research on Social Dynamics (Bocconi University) and Collegio Carlo Alberto (University of Turin).

Gender, Parenthood and Changing Time Use Patterns in Sweden, 1990-2010. Maria Stanfors, Professor in Economic History at Lund University, Sweden.

Changing Cross-national Differences in Fathers’ Child Care Contributions. Oriel Sullivan, Professor of Sociology of Gender and Co-Director, Centre for Time Use Research, University of Oxford.

2014 Rhodes Symposium — International Family Demography

The Relationship Between Education and the Family Life Course in Sweden. Elizabeth Thomson, Director of the Linnaeus Center for Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe and Professor Emerita of Demography, Stockholm University; Professor of Sociology Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In-Depth Qualitative Methods to Explore the Development of New Family Formation Behaviors. Brienna Perelli-Harris, Reader of Social Statistics & Demography, University of Southampton.