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Bergren Forum speaker to present correctional chaplaincy case study

Allison Hicks, an associate professor of sociology at Alfred University, will present "Negotiating Emotional Boundaries in Corrections: Chaplaincy as a Case Study" on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 12:10 p.m. in AU’s Powell Campus Center’s Nevins Theater.

During the forum, Hicks will be discussing her own experiences in the correctional chaplaincy scene. For five years, her ethnographic participation helped her examine the cross between religion and punishment in America.

The primary responsibility for identifying and serving the religious needs of the incarcerated population is put on the chaplains, says Hicks. Correctional chaplains have negotiations of their emotional relationships with their inmates, which is what Hicks focuses on. She will demonstrate the institutional shaping of morality through emotions and norms about emotional management.

Hicks received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.