19th Annual Midwest Qualitative Research Conference

Date:  Thursday, October 3, 2013October 03, 2013
Time:  9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:  University of St. Thomas, Terrence Murphy Hall, 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Map and driving directions.

Event Contact: 
Sabeena Mathayas; Magdeline Aagard
math1433@stthomas.edu; aaga5657@stthomas.edu
Participants/Presenters: $75; Students: $60; Keynote presentation only: $25

The Midwest Qualitative Research Conference showcases scholarly investigations that use qualitative methodologies to understand all aspects of the human experience.


Registration is closed for this event. Onsite registration will be available.

Download a copy of the MQRC Program.

Submit proposals for the Midwest Qualitative Research Conference online at http://ir.stthomas.edu/mqrc/2013

MQRC Formatting Guide

About the 2013 Conference Theme
Urban Streets to College Campus: The Social Context of Education and Youth Violence

Social theory provides the lens through which we can analyze multiple qualitative contexts.  Understanding relationships in the social world gives us insight into the how and why of human behavior, allowing us to form explanations and predict future events.  The social world is a complex environment, consisting of various social structures and functions, as well as power dynamics that shape our relationships and world.  Dr. Rios will draw on his experience as a former gang member who escaped the urban streets to earn a PhD at Berkeley to share the impact of education and criminalization through the sociological lens of youth control complex.

2013 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Victor Rios

Photo of Dr. Victor Rios, keynote speaker for the 2013 MQRC Conference on October 3, 2013.Dr. Rios is an award-winning professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include urban ethnography, policing, criminal justice, resilience, motivation, and youth culture. Dr. Rios' recent book, Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys was the WINNER OF THE 2012 Distinguished Book Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Latina/o Sociology. Finalist for the 2012 C. Wright Mills Book Award. Victor Rios grew up in the ghetto of Oakland, California in the 1980s and 90s. A former gang member and juvenile delinquent, Rios managed to escape the bleak outcome of many of his friends and earned a PhD at Berkeley and returned to his hometown to study how inner city young Latino and African American boys develop their sense of self in the midst of crime and intense policing. Punished examines the difficult lives of these young men, who now face punitive policies in their schools, communities, and a world where they are constantly policed and stigmatized.

Rios followed a group of forty delinquent Black and Latino boys for three years. These boys found themselves in a vicious cycle, caught in a spiral of punishment and incarceration as they were harassed, profiled, watched, and disciplined at young ages, even before they had committed any crimes, eventually leading many of them to fulfill the destiny expected of them. 

Beyond a fatalistic account of these marginalized young men, Rios finds that the very system that criminalizes them and limits their opportunities, sparks resistance and a raised consciousness that motivates some to transform their lives and become productive citizens. Ultimately, he argues that by understanding the lives of the young men who are criminalized and pipelined through the criminal justice system, we can begin to develop empathic solutions which support these young men in their development and to eliminate the culture of punishment that has become an overbearing part of their everyday lives.


Program Schedule

9:30-10:00 a.m. Registration/Check-in
10:00-10:30 a.m. Welcome from CELC Dean Mark Salisbury
10:30-11:45 a.m. Concurrent Session One
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-2:15 p.m. Concurrent Session Two
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:45 p.m. Concurrent Session Three
3:45-4:00 p.m. Break
4:00-5:00 p..m.

Keynote Presentation by Dr. Victor Rios

5:15 p.m. Book signing by Dr. Rios

Minneapolis Parking

The City of Minneapolis Parking Ramp at 11th Street & Harmon Place allows for hourly parking for visitors, faculty, staff and students. The entrance and exit to the ramp is on 11th Street just west of Harmon Place. An electronic pay-as-you-leave system provides a convenient method to park and pay for the amount of time used. You may pay with credit card, cash, or currency.

Hourly Rates (Weekdays, before 4 p.m.):
0 - 1 hour --$2.50
1 - 2 hours--$4.00
2 - 3 hours--$5.50
3 - 4 hours--$6.75
4 - 12 hours--$8.50
12 - 24 hours--$10.50

See the Visitor Parking Options for more information about rates, ramp hours, and payment options.

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