PRI Signature Activities

National Symposium on Family Issues
For more than 25 years, the Family Symposium has focused on topics that appeal to, and are presented by, scholars from multiple disciplines who study family issues. Scholars in family research convene to present and critique research on the focal topic, consider future directions for research, and discuss how programs and public policy can effectively improve the state of families.

De Jong Lecture in Social Demography
This annual event features presentations and discussions with prominent scholars on topics in social demography. It is supported by the Gordon F. and Caroline M. De Jong Lectureship in Social Demography Endowment.

Photo of Gordon and Caroline De Jong

Brown Bag Series
Our popular Brown Bag Series provides a regular forum for PRI faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to exchange ideas. If you are unable to physically attend a Brown Bag you are interested in, we also stream and record them.

Photo taken during a Brown Bag presentation with a presenter showing a PowerPoint, a room full of people listening, and provided food on the table.

Clifford Clogg Memorial Lecture Series
Established in 1996 in honor of Clifford C. Clogg and organized by the departments of Statistics and Sociology, the Clifford Clogg Memorial Lecture Series brings internationally known scholars to Penn State for two days of lectures and informal discussions.

Working Groups
Working groups consist of faculty and students who share a common substantive interest. Working groups convene regularly to assess the state and trajectory of new science within a specialty area of demographic research, provide a venue for critical peer reaction to ongoing or planned work, and to create an academic setting that sparks creative ideas and catalyzes the development of collaborative and multidisciplinary research projects.

If you are interested in joining a working group, contact the organizer. If you would like to organize a new working group, please contact Jennifer Glick. We will work with you to develop your idea and identify faculty who may be interested.

Graduate Student Methodology Workshops
Organized by the graduate students in the dual degree program in demography, this annual workshop provides an opportunity for students and faculty to expand their methodological knowledge and interact with both local and national experts.

Students sitting around a table at a Graduate Student Methodology Workshop