Thomas Arcaro

Professor of Sociology
Global Commons 210
2675 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
arcaro@elon.edu (336) 278-6442

Education

1982  Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropolgy, Purdue University
1977  M.S., Anthropoology, Purdue University               
1975  B.A., Sociology (cum laude), The Ohio State University            

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology                                                    
  • Social Problems
  • Race and Ethnic Relations                                                   
  • Classical Theory
  • Sociology Through Film                                                       
  • Social Deviance
  • Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency                             
  • American Society
  • Sociology of War                                                                   
  • Popular Culture
  • Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • Becoming a Global Citizen
  • HIV/AIDS in the Developing World
  • Coming Home:  the impact of studying abroad
  • General Studies courses taught include War and Society, Global Perspectives, Social Change in India, Coming Home:  returning from studying abroad, Periclean Scholars

Leadership Positions

  • Founding Director of Project Pericles and the Periclean Scholars program at Elon University
  • Mentor of the Periclean Scholoars Class of 2006
  • Director, Winter Term in London, 1988-1992

Current Projects

  • Fall 2013 beginning collaboration on narrartive film on the topic of humanitarian aid workers.  
  • Spring 2014 collaborating on a survey of humanitarian aid workers.  
  • Onging work on making the Periclean Scholars program even more robust and sustainable.
  • Continuing to make regular contributions to the Elon Writers Syndicate

Publications

PUBLICATIONS (books in bold)

  • "Some further thoughts on being human: the million-dollar cap, Bill Gates and my salary at Elon College" The Humanist Sociologist Vol. 23, No. 1, February 1999
  • Guided Field Journal for Aboriginal Australia, internal publication, Elon College, Elon College, NC, 1997 (revised 1998)
  • "What is Humanist Sociology, Anyway?" Humanity & Society Vol. 20, No. 2, April 1996
  • "Who are Humanist Sociologists?," The Humanist Sociologist Vol. 20, No. 1, February 1996
  • "Some Thoughts on Teaching and Professing Sociology," The Humanist Sociology Resource Book, edited by Martin Schwartz, American Sociological Association, 1992, 1996
  • "An Examination of Poverty and Welfare: A Classroom Debate," The Humanist Sociology Resource Book, edited by Martin D. Schwartz, American Sociological Association, 1992, 1996
  • "Ganesh Meets Buddha in the Heavyweight Division Finals," Pegasus, Spring 1992
  • "Some Thoughts on Constructing a Sociology of Human Motivation," The Critical Criminologist, Vol. 3, No. 2, June 1991
  • Allen and the True Fish Story (children's interactive coloring story book) Carpe Viam Press, 1992.
  • Talking About War and Other Scary Stuff Is Not Fun (children's interactive coloring story book) Carpe Viam Press, 1992.
  • "Once Again, to Mac," Pegasus, Fall, 1991
  • "New Voices: A Review," Humanity and Society, Vol. 11, No. 3, September 1989
  • "On the Concept of Prehistory: A New Look at Marx," The Humanist Sociologist, Vol. 14, No. 3, Fall 1989
  • "Human Motivation: Eros and Thanatos," Humanity & Society, Vol. 12, No. 2, June 1988
  • "Some Thoughts on Teaching and Professing Sociology," Pegasus, Winter, 1988
  • "Some Thoughts on Students and the Problem of Grading," Pegasus, Winter, 1987
  • "A Response to the Love Project: An Open Letter to Chuck Flynn," The Humanist Sociologist, Vol. 9, No. 2, May 1984
  • "Self Identity of Female Prisoners: The Moral Career of the Inmate," Humanity & Society, Vol. 8, No. 1, February 1984
  • "They're Here to Follow Orders, Not to Think: Some Notes on Academic Freedom in Prison," Journal of Correctional Education, Vol. 34, Issue 4, December 1983
  • "Humanism, Feminism, and Cultural Relativity: Contradictions and Ambiguities," The Humanist Sociologist, Vol. 8, No. 2, June 1983

Public Scholarship

  • "America must midwife an independent Palestine"  published in two local and regional newspapers, September 2014

  • "In the World Cup, 32 nations comprise one tribe" published in five local and regional newspapers, July 2014

  • "Advice for new college graduates out to save the world" published in two local and regional newspapers, June 2014
  • "Our global community is alive and well" published in six local and regional newspapers, November, 2013.
  • "Supporting those on the front lines of support" published in three local and regional newspapers, October 2013
  • Changing the narrative of the future in Honduras & the world” published in two local and regional newspapers, September 2013
  • “Anti-nationalism and atheism from a Founding Father?” published in four local and regional newspapers, July 2013 
  • Beware the education-industrial complex” published in six local and regional newspapers, May, 2013
  • We are responsible for corporate responsibility” published in six local and regional newspapers, April 2013
  • “Public apologies won't end soon” published in five local and regional newspapers in May, 2012
  • A call to learn more:  my travel to Haiti” published in two regional and local newspapers in September, 2012
  • When every child is not treated equally” published in four regional and local newspapers in December, 2012
  • Hitchens a model for atheists today’” published in the Greensboro News and Record, December 2011
  • "Atheists' rights in eyes of Christians?" published in the Greensboro News and Record, (with Anthony Hatcher) March, 2010

Presentations

PRESENTATIONS

  • "Community Engagement in Study Abroad Programs" Drew University, Wednesday, Sept. 24th, 2014.

  • "Understanding the Global Experience: Shaping Responsible World Citizens in Global Studies Classrooms" annual meeting of the Global Studies Association conference held at Palos Verdes, Calif., June 7-9, 2013

  • “Assessing the global citizenship of Periclean Scholars at Elon University” presented at the first annual meeting of the Intercultural Strategies for Civic Engagement conference in New York City, October 4, 2012
  • “Exemplary Global Citizens” presented at the winter convocation at the University of Monterrey, Monterey, Mexico January 25, 2012
  • “Global Citizenship in a multiracial world” presented at North Carolina Central University April 10, 2012
  •  “Becoming and Being a Global Citizen:  Some Definitions and Data to Move the Discussion of Global Citizenship Forward” presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology held November 3, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • "Exemplary Global Citizens: Training for Trusteeship Address 2011" video presentation, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 
  • “Leadership and participation in the New Atheism:  Where are all the women?” presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology held November 3, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • “Higher Responsibility: The Role of Higher Education in Nurturing Effective Global Citizens” invited presentation at Thames Valley University 28 January 2011
  • “The Periclean Scholars at Elon University and their Partnership with Sri Lanka” comments at the opening ceremony of the LEAF summit 24 January 2011 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • “Exemplary Global Citizens” invited address to the delegates at the Training for Trusteeship event organized by the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research, Galle, Sri Lanka 6 September 2011.
  • “Coming Out as an Atheist:  a survey” presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology in 6 November 2010.
  • “The Stigma of Being an Atheist” presented at religion roundtable session at the American Sociological Association meetings in Atlanta, GA, 22 August 2010.
  • “Global Citizenship in the 21st Century” presented at humanist sociology special paper session at the American Sociological Association meetings in Atlanta, GA 23 August 2010. 
  • “Planting Seeds in Fertile Soil: Elon University’s campus culture and the case of the Periclean Scholars program” presented at the annual meeting of the AAUP in Denver, Colorado October 19, 2007.
  • “HIV/AIDS in Namibia” Presentation and training session for United States Peace Corps, Namibia, Africa, August 8, 2005.
  • ”Humanistic Sociology and Darwin:  An Argument for a Sociobiological Approach” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology held October 11, 2002 in Madison, Wisconsin.
  • “A case for Humanistic Universal Darwinism: The Humanistic Implications of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology and Memetics and the Co-evolution of Memes and Genes” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology in Austin, Texas, October 12-15, 2000.
  • “Of Memes, Universal Darwinism, and Humanism:  Some Further Thoughts” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology November 5-7, 1999 in Memphis, TN.
  • "Some Further Thoughts on Being Human: Epistemological Considerations Underlying a Fourth Main Theoretical Perspective in Sociology or How I Came to be a Neo-Darwinian Sociobiologist Who Still Really Likes Marx but Feels the Need for Moving on to Other Paradigms" paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology held in Austin, Texas, November 6-9, 1998.
  • "The Self Identity of a Triathlete: A Participant-Observer Reports" paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology held in Austin, Texas, November 6-9, 1998.                
  • "Mind, Consciousness and Being Human: Thoughts on the Deep Ecology of Brain, body and Gaia," paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology held in Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-9, 1997.
  • "Passing on the New Survey technique to Village Health Workers in India," paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology held in Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-9, 1997.
  • "General Studies Core Courses: The Pilot," paper presented at the first annual conference on Undergraduate Teaching held September 25-27, 1997 at Elon College, Elon College, NC.
  • "Vico Meets Gaia: Humanism for a More Just Planet," paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association meetings in San Francisco, California on November 20, 1996.
  • "Evaluation of Studies Abroad," paper presented at the annual conference of the North Carolina Association of International Educators, Elon College, March 29, 1996
  • "Women and Grassroots Movements in Rural India," paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Columbus, Ohio, October 1996
  • "Presidential Address: What are Humanistic Social Sciences?" paper presented at the Presidential Plenary session of the annual meetings of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Columbus, Ohio, October 1996
  • "Community Coalitions: A Dilemma Revisited," paper presented at the annual conference of the American Sociological Association, Washington, DC, August 19, 1995
  • "The Likert Scale Goes Marathi: A `New' Technique for Survey Research in the Developing World," paper presented at the XXXII Congress of the International Institute of Sociology "Dialogue between cultures and changes in Europe and the World," Trieste, Italy, July 3-7, 1995
  • "Self Esteem of Village Health Workers in Jamkhed, India," paper presented at the Elon College Women's Studies international conference on "Violence and Violation in Women's Lives: Myth, Metaphor, and Reality," February 24, 1995
  • "Community Coalitions and the War on Drugs or What's a Humanist Sociologist Doing in a Place Like ACADA?" presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 1993
  • "Social Change in India: The Case of CRHP" presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Sociological Association, Fayetteville, North Carolina, April 1993
  • "Visual Sociology: Theory and Practice" presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Sociological Association, Boone, North Carolina, March 1991
  • "Teaching Strategies for Introductory Classes" presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Atlanta, Georgia, October, 1988
  • "Coming Home to Weirdness: A Quasi-Marxian Approach to Understanding the Vietnam Veteran" presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Association, Memphis, Tennessee, April 1987
  • "Human Motivation as Viewed by Miquel de Unamuno and Ernest Becker" presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Philadelphia, PA, October 1986
  • "Praxis in the Classroom: The Issue of Hunger" presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1985
  • "Reaching the Student: A Humanist Approach," Roundtable session organized at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Sociological Association, Louisville, Kentucky, April 1985
  • "They're Here to Follow Orders, Not to Think: Some Notes on Academic Freedom in Prison," presented to the North Central Sociological Association, Louisville, Kentucky, April 1985
  • "On the Poverty of Graduate Education in the United States" presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Hartford, Connecticut, October 1983
  • "Self Identity of Female Prisoners: The Moral Career of the Inmate," presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Washington, District of Columbia, October 1982
  • "The Malaise in Academia: Structural Sources and Human Consequences," presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Louisville, Kentucky, October 1981

FILMS PRODUCED                          

  • "The Comprehensive Rural Health Project: An Introduction"  (1991)
  • "Introduction to India: Goat Sacrifice" (1991)
  • “Throwaway People:  the Global Economy’s Dirty Secret” (2003)
  • “Understanding War:  The People of Alamance County Ask Questions About Iraq” (2004)
  • “A Measure of Our Humanity:  HIV/AIDS in Namibia” (2004)
  • “You Wake Me Up:  Women and AIDS in Africa” (2005)
  • “The Shining Lights of Opuwo” (2004)
  • “Young Struggles, Eternal Faith” (2006)
  • “Testing Positive” (2006)
  • “On Our Own” (2007)
  • “Painting Without Permission” (2008)
  • “A River’s Reach” (2008)
  • “My Name is Anita” (2010)
  • “The Elephant in the Room” (2011)
  • “Health for All” (2012)

Personal Information

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Awards

  • Student Government Association Teacher of the Year, 1986-87 and 1987-88
  • Fulbright Study Tour in India, 1990
  • Travel grant from Faculty Research and Development Committee, 1995
  • Sabbatical grant from Faculty Research and Development Committee, 1997
  • Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005
  • Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences “Excellence in Service/Leadership Award”, 2005
  • Carnegie Foundation United States Professor of the Year for North Carolina, 2006