WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Dr. Betty McCall, a Lycoming College assistant professor of sociology, was a featured speaker during Yale University's Ethnography Retreat on Nov. 6.
McCall's presentation, titled "Influx: Who's Moving In?" was based on her research examining the migration of populations into Williamsport as a result of the rehabilitation services provided, welfare reform legislation, and urban exit. Her study began in 2005 and ended last summer.
McCall was invited to present at the retreat by Dr. Elijah Anderson, a sociologist at Yale and one of the retreat's organizers. Anderson was Lycoming's 2009 commencement speaker and also visited the College in 2008 to discuss his book, "Code of the Street."
"Part of my work mirrors that of Dr. Anderson as he explains the code of the street in Philadelphia," says McCall. "I connect that code to occurrences in Williamsport over the past few years."
The goal of the conference was to bring together ethnographers and cultural theorists from across the United States and abroad to share their work, to learn from one another, and to fellowship while working towards developing a community of scholars that appreciates the value of fieldwork.