Call for Papers and Conferences
California Sociological Association will meet October 19-20, 2001, at the Holiday Inn Capital Plaza in Sacramento, CA. Theme: “Sociology for the New Century.” Deadlines are April 15 to volunteer to organize sessions, panels, workshops, or special events (but the earlier, the better), and July 1st is the last chance to submit papers to research sessions or roundtables. For more information, contact Elizabeth Nelson, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or (559) 431-2630.
Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, 4th Biennial Equal Opportunity/Equal Employment Opportunity Research Symposium, December 4-6, 2001, Cocoa Beach, FL. Contact: DEOMI (321) 494-2676 or patrick.af.mil/deomi/deomi for more information.
Information Technologies in Health Care: Sociotechnical Approaches, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, September 6-7, 2001. This conference brings together academics from diverse areas such as Social Studies of Science and Technology, Health Informatics and Information Systems. To contribute to this conference, you should submit a title for your contribution and a one-page abstract before April 20, 2001. Please send all queries, applications, and submissions electronically to: email@example.com; Conference website: http://www.bmg.eur.nl/smw/ithc/.
International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, January 25-26, 2002. The IISH invites PhD students, involved with historical research on gender and welfare states in the 20th century, interested in reconsiderations of maternalism and eager to discuss the pitfalls of international comparisons, to participate in a two-day workshop “Maternalism Reconsidered: Mothers and Method in 20th Century History.” Please send your proposals to: Marian van der Klein International Institute of Social History, Cruquiusweg 31 1019 AT, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; website http://www.iisg.nl/research/maternal.html.
International Research Foundation for Development (IRFD), 2nd International Conference, Columbia University, Center for Urban Research and Policy, School of International and Public Affairs, June 4-6, 2001. Theme: “Urbanizing World and UN Human Habitat II” in conjunction with the United Nations Special Sessions of the Habitat II-Istanbul +5. The IRFD invites academic communities, urban researchers, policymakers, human settlement planners and practitioners, and NGO’s to contribute to this global dialogue. ASA members are invited to present papers and organize panel and plenary sessions for the Habitat Agenda and for the Scott Greer honorary sessions. Final deadline for these proposals and abstracts is April 15, 2001. Contact, IRFD, 2830 South Holly Street, Cambridge, MN 55008; (763) 689-2963; fax (763) 689-0560; e-mail Neville@irfd.org or Jennifer L. Bryan, Columbia University, (212) 854-2020; fax (212) 854-2701; e-mail email@example.com.
ISA Research Committee on Mental Health and Illness, RC49 Interim Conference: Integrated Approach for Mental Health Kobe, Japan April 24-26, 2002. RC49 conference will be held as a satellite meeting of the International Conference of Health Behavioral Science. Abstracts for individual papers, panels, or roundtables welcomed. Accepted presentations will be published in a book of proceedings. To have your proposal considered, please send before May 20, 2001 to: Conference organizer Tsunetsugu Munakata, RC49 President University of Tsukuba Institute of Health and Sports Science 305-8574 Tsukuba, Japan; tel/fax 81-298-532625; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Childhood International conference Kivenlahti/Espoo (near Helsinki), Finland, August 23-26, 2001. RC53 conference on “Comparing Childhoods” is organized jointly with NordBarn, Research Network for the Study of Nordic Conceptions of Childhood. To propose a paper, please send (preferably by e-mail) an abstract of your paper (max. 250 words) before May 1, 2001, to: Leena Alanen, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Jyvaskyla, POB 35 40 351 Jyvaskyla, Finland; e-mail email@example.com.
ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Childhood. RC53 Conference on Latin American Children and Youth, Marilia (Sao Paulo), Brazil, November 5-9, 2001. Sociologists who work on Latin American Children and Youth are invited to submit session and paper proposals before May 31, 2001 to the organizer: Ethel Kosminsky, Universidade Estadual Paulista-Marilia; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Worlds 2002, Kampala, Uganda, July 21-26, 2002. Theme: “Gendered Worlds, Gains and Challenges.” The call for papers has been extended to June 15, 2001. For more information, check their website: www.wgs.or.ug.
Young Housing Researchers Pre-conference, June 22-24, 2001, Warsaw, Poland. The European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) is holding its annual research meeting June 25-30, 2001 in Pultusk-Warsaw, Poland. The Young Housing Researchers’ pre-conference will convene before the ENHR conference and they invite submissions of work in progress on any topic related to housing and urban development. This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a dynamic international network of young and established scholars! The full paper is due by June 1, 2001. Summaries, questions, and comments should be sent to Elena Vesselinov; e-mail email@example.com and Marco Bontje; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see http://www.enhr.ibf.uu.se.
Advertising & Society Review, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal examining the role of advertising in society, culture, history, and the economy, began publication in fall 2000. It is an electronic-only journal published by The Advertising Educational Foundation, Inc., and distributed by The Johns Hopkins University Press through Project Muse. It can be accessed on the Internet at aef.com (follow links to JOURNAL). Manuscripts should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to email@example.com. Advertising & Society Review is peer-reviewed and published quarterly. Further information is available at
Criminal Justice Review is a biannual scholarly journal dedicated to presenting a broad perspective on criminal justice issues. They encourage the submission of articles, research notes, commentaries, and comprehensive essays that focus on crime and justice-related topics broadly defined. An abstract, not to exceed 200 words, must be included with submissions. Send to Michael S. Vaughn, Editor, Criminal Justice Review, P.O. Box 4018, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30302-4018; (404) 651-3660; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.gsu.edu/cjr.
Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, a new interdisciplinary journal from Sage Publications. CS/CM is an interdisciplinary, quarterly publication drawing from those scholarly traditions in the social sciences and the humanities which are premised on a critical, performance-based cultural studies agenda. Preference is given to experimental, risk-taking manuscripts which are at the intersection of interpretive theory, critical methodology, culture, media, history, biography, and social structure. The journal publishes peer-reviewed research articles, critical analyses of contemporary media representations, auto-ethnography, poetry, and creative non-fiction. It provides an explicit forum for the intersections of cultural studies, critical interpretive research methodologies, and cultural critique. For details on submitting manuscripts, contact the Editor: Norman K. Denzin, Institute of Communications Research, 228 Gregory Hall, 810 South Wright Street, University of Illinois, Urbana, Il 61801-3645; (217) 333-0795; fax (217) 244-9580; e-mail email@example.com.
Gender & Society. Special issue, Global Perspectives on Gender and Carework. They seek papers on the allocation, meaning, and experiences of paid and/or unpaid carework in relation to globalization. Submit papers, including $10.00 (US) submission fee, to Gender & Society, Christine Bose, Editor, Department of Sociology, SS340, University at Albany, SUNY, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222. Deadline: December 15, 2001.
Journal of Family Issues. Seeks papers for a special issue called "Care and Kinship." Empirical papers that are grounded in theoretical and conceptual debates around caregiving broadly defined, including eldercare, childcare, and care for the ill and those with special needs are welcomed. Send five copies and a disk to Rosanna Hertz, Department of Women's Studies, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02445. Deadline for submissions is August 26, 2001.
Journal of Lesbian Studies. Calls for abstracts and outlines for manuscripts for a special issue "Approaches to Addressing College Students' Hetero-sexism and Homophobia" (working title). Send a one-page outline and a 100-125 word abstract by April 30 to Elizabeth P. Cramer, Guest Editor, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work, P.O. Box 842027, 1001 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23284-2027.
Sexual Lives: The Theories and Realities of Human Sexualities, a co-edited anthology on the sociology of sexuality, seeks submission of articles (both original pieces and previously published) to include in the reader. The scheduled publication date is summer 2002. Submit proposals by May 15, 2001 to Betsy Crane or Robert Heasley, Department of Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 15705; (724) 374-3939; e-mail
Sociological Perspectives. Call for papers for a special issue on Sport and Gender. Deadline: August 1, 2001. Send five copies to Peter Nardi, Editor, Sociological Perspectives, Department of Sociology, Pitzer College, 1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711. See www.ucpress.edu/journals/sop for additional submission information.
Studies in Communications is a series that presents contemporary scholarship on the central dynamic of society-communications. Volume 6, Human Rights and Media, invites submissions on: human rights and media; children/youth and new media; communities and information technology; communications and stereotypes; visual sociology. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2001. General guidelines for authors for hard copy and electronic submissions are available from Elsevier Science: firstname.lastname@example.org. Queries and submissions go directly to Diana Papademas, Sociology Department, State University of New York-Old Westbury, 3 Anchorage Lane 7B, Oyster Bay, NY 11771; e-mail DianaPapademas@worldnet.att.net.
Substance Use & Misuse. Researchers are invited to submit papers for review and possible inclusion in a special issue concerned with the social epidemiology of substance use and home-lessness. Manuscripts should be submitted in triplicate to special issue Guest Editor: Timothy Johnson, Director, Survey Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago, 412 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607; (312) 996-5310; e-mail email@example.com. Submissions should be postmarked by July 1, 2001.
Teaching Medical Sociology. Call for Syllabi and Instructional materials—ASA handbook for teaching medical sociology. Attention to those who teach courses related to Medical Sociology. It is time to revise the syllabi set for Teaching Medical Sociology. Please forward the following materials on a 3-1/2" diskette (WORD or Wordperfect, IBM compatible) to Robin D. Moremen, Department of Sociology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115, by May 7, 2001: Syllabi from courses related to medical sociology, examples of audio-visual materials related to medical sociology, examples of in-class exercises related to medical sociology, examples of basic and special assignments in medical sociology, examples of internet resources and data sites related to medical sociology, examples of computer-based assignments and exercises related to medical sociology, materials on health care systems from a global comparative perspective, materials reflecting current health policy, materials related to methods of inquiry in medical sociology.
Teaching Sociology of Consumpton. Call for Teaching Materials and Syllabi. We are assembling an ASA Teaching Resource Manual for consumption-related courses and resources to teach sociological concepts using the sociology of consumption as illustrations. The final product will be an invaluable resource for instructors developing sociology of consumption courses and those looking for new methods for teaching sociological concepts. Please contribute syllabi, assignments, suggestions, and ideas (preferably on disk or in electronic form) to George Ritzer, Department of Sociology, 2112 Art/Sociology Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching Sociology, a journal of the American Sociological Association, has agreed to produce a special issue on curriculum design and outcomes assessment. We invite the submission of manuscripts that emphasize the design and curricular implementation of sociology programs. The assessment of demonstrable student outcomes from existing goal-based sociology programs, assessment strategies for managing program improvements, or conceptual studies that link sociological principles with curricular frameworks. Manuscripts received by July 16, 2001 will be given consideration for publication in this special issue. For more information contact Bruce Keith at (845) 938-6321; e-mail email@example.com.
Unbecoming mothers/Becoming families, a collection of original essays that critically examines the changing role of mothers who live apart from their children and the family structures that emerge from this "unbecoming process," invites research articles and discussion papers that address critical debates on mothers who leave or live apart from their children and the implications for changing family structure. Deadline for submissions September 1, 2001. Send to Diana L. Gustafson, Sociology and Equity Studies, 12th floor, OISE/University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visual Sociology and Using Film/Video in Sociology Courses. Call for submissions, deadline April 30, 2001. A new supplement volume, edited by Diana Papademas, will emphasize new technologies, multi-media, and the broad range of visuals, including the www. Types of submissions include course syllabi (teaching visual sociology; teaching sociology with visual media on all topics), essays on projects and activities on courses (1500 words, including listings or sources), paragraph descriptions of recommended and applied visual sources, lists of recommended sources (websites, archives, film distributors), and suitable graphics (must be provided with appropriate permissions). Documents should be in Word for Windows and be submitted to Diana Papademas at PapademasD@oldwestbury.edu.
May 2-4, 2001. Development and Peace Foundation Bonn and Evangelische Adademie Loccum International Workshop. Theme: “Stability and Peace in the Caucasus: The Case Nagorno-Karbakh.” For more information and the program see www.loccum.de/program/p0118.html.
May 7- 11, 2001. Third International Symposium on “Space Syntax”, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology. See: http://www.arch.gatech. edu/~3sss.
May 30-June 1, 2001. Justice Studies Association, Wheaton College, Norton, MA. Theme: “Restorative Justice: Seeds of Social Revolution or Just Another Correctional Alternative?” For additional information contact A. Javier Trevino at (508) 286-3656, or visit the website http://www.justicestudies.org.
July 25-27, 2001. NIMH Conference on the Roles of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS, Los Angeles, CA. Theme: “Diversity and Disparities in Diverse Families.” Contact Gail E. Wyatt, Associate Director, UCLA AIDS Institute, UCLA; (310) 825-0193; fax (310) 443-9719; e-mail email@example.com.
September 20-22, 2001. ISA Research Committee Sociology of Youth and Italian Sociological Association Research Committee Joint International Conference, Vita Quotidiana, and others. University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy. Theme: “Family Forms and the Young Generation in Europe.” Contact by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
October 11-14, 2001. 23rd Annual International Symposium on Social Work with Groups, Akron/Fairlawn Hilton, Fairlawn, OH. Theme: “1923-2001 and Beyond: Growth and Development through Group Work.” For more information contact Claudio J. Carson (216) 687-4516; fax (216) 687-5590; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.aaswg.org.
Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), 2001 Cooperative Grants Program. This program allows joint teams of U.S. and former Soviet Union (FSU) scientists and engineers to apply for one to two-year support for cooperation in any area of civilian research and development in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, and biomedical and behavioral sciences. Deadline for proposals is May 18, 2001. For full program announcement and application forms, see the CRDF website: http://www.crdf.org.
Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) has 10 to 12 fully-funded PhD positions available at the universities of Groningen, Nijmegen and Utrecht, in The Netherlands. They offer a post-graduate program for a small selection of excellent graduates in the social sciences. For information see http://www.ppsw.rug.nl/ics. The application deadline is May 7, 2001.
Sociological Initiatives Foundation provides grants of $5,000 to $15,000 to support research and social action projects. Areas of interest include but are not limited to social welfare, human rights, literacy, language learning and use, dialect use and curricular issues in teaching second languages and non-native languages. The Foundation is also interested in supporting research by sociologists and linguists whose work may provide practical documentation of initiatives that may be useful to communities. Complete guidelines for the September 2001 application deadline are available at http://www.grantsmanagement.com/sifguide.html. For more information, contact Prentice Zinn at email@example.com; (617) 426-7172.
In the News
Thor Bjarnason, University at Albany, co-author of the “European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Drugs,” was quoted in a February 21, 2001 New York Times article about the report, which compares drug use by U.S. teens with that of European teens.
Diane R. Brown, Wayne State University, had her research on Black Christian women with disease using spiritual-medicinal care featured in a January 10, 2001 Detroit News article.
Lee Clarke was interviewed in February by French television and French radio for his keynote speech, “Risk, Disasters, and Expertise in an Organizational Society.” The speech was given at France’s National Center for Scientific Research.
Robert Freymeyer, Presbyterian College, was quoted in an article about the 2000 election and its aftermath entitled “Disunity for All” in the December 16, 2000, edition of the National Journal.
James M. Jasper, New York University, has discussed his latest book, Restless Nation, on radio networks and shows, including the Australian Broadcasting Company, “Marketplace” on Public Radio International, WNYC’s “New York and Company,” the Todd Mundt show from WKOM in Ann Arbor, and KPCC’s “Talk of the City.” The book has been reviewed in Publishers Weekly, the New York Times, and the New Leader, and has been discussed in columns in the Times and the Daily Telegraph of London, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the American Scholar.
Miliann Kang, Skidmore College, was featured in the February 12 Albany Times Union in an article describing the difficulties of securing affordable quality child-care in the Albany, NY area.
Jeylan Mortimer, University of Minnesota, and Steven Hamilton, Cornell University, were interviewed on NPR radio’s “Talk of the Nation.” The show featured the National Research Council report, “Protecting Youth at Work.”
J. Timmons Roberts, Tulane University, was quoted in the Times Picayune, July 11, 2000, in an article about neighborhood opposition to unwanted development in New Orleans.
Eli B. Silverman and Andrew Karmen, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Harold Takooshian, Fordham University, and Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, were all cited in a New York Times article February 16, 2001 “A Sign of the Times: No More Signs.”
Robert Mark Silverman, Wayne State University, was quoted in the Detroit News, and was a guest on “The Mitch Albom Show (760-AM Detroit)” on March 7, 2001. Both news items were related to the recent frenzy among consumers over Nike XI Retro Air Jordan sneakers.
Zili Sloboda and Richard Stephens, University of Akron, have received a $13.7 million grant to study a new D.A.R.E. curriculum as reported in the New York Times, February 15, 2001.
Doug Snyder, Prince George’s Community College, had a letter in the February 17, 2001 Washington Post, “The NBA’s Real Trailblazers,” correcting two misleading Post articles about the first African Americans to play in the National Basketball Association during the 1950-51 season.
David A. Sonnenfeld, Washington State University, had his research on social movements and technological change cited in a new World Bank report, “Greening Industry: New Roles for Communities, Markets, and Governments,” published by Oxford University Press.
Toby Teneyck, Michigan State University, was quoted in the Manitoba Co-Operator, February 22, 2001 in a story on irradiated food.
Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota, was interviewed on the NPR program “All Things Considered” on February 7, 2001. The segment discussed voting rights for ex-felons in Florida.
Anita M Weiss, University of Oregon, was quoted in a front-page article in the Columbus Dispatch February 8, 2001, on arranged marriages and honor killings in Pakistan.
Ron Aminzade, University of Minnesota, received the 2000-01 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education.
C.D. Abby Collier, University of Georgia, received an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award for 2000, and a Center for Humanities and Arts Research Grant Award for 2000-2001 for her project on the sociocultural impact of the increasing use of cremation in America.
Ingrid Arnet Connidis was selected as the 2000-2001 Petersen Visiting Scholar in Gerontology and Family Studies at Oregon State University.
Maureen T. Hallinan, University of Notre Dame, received the 2000 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles award for her text Handbook of the Sociology of Education.
Doug Hartmann, University of Minnesota, received a Postgraduate Research Grant Fellowship from the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Museum Studies Center in Laussane, Switzerland for Summer 2001.
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, was honored for his contributions to Canadian sociology over the past 30 years with a conference in his honor on April 16, 2001 at University of Toronto.
Chris Bonastia, New York University, accepted a two-year post-doctoral position as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley.
Joyce Chinen, University of Hawaii-West Oahu, was elected President of the Hawaii Sociological Association (HSA) for 2001.
Daryl E. Chubin, left the National Science Foundation to become Senior Vice President for Policy and Research at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).
Michael Delucchi, University of Hawaii-West Oahu, was elected Vice President of the Hawaii Sociological Association (HSA) for 2001 and is President-elect of the HSA for 2002.
Peter Dreier, Occidental College, will be a visiting professor at the University of Oregon during its spring quarter.
Julian Go has begun a tenure-track position as assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. Beginning AY 2001-2002 he will take temporary leave of the University of Illinois to serve as an Academy Scholar at Harvard University, a two-year postdoctoral fellowship position at the Harvard Center for International and Area Studies.
Drew Halfmann, New York University, accepted a two-year post-doctoral position as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholar at the University of Michigan.
Barry Johnston, Indiana University Northwest, was selected as a J. William Fulbright Scholar and will be in Moscow August-January next year.
Andrew W. Jones will join the faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of Vermont as assistant professor in fall 2001.
Sharon Erickson Nepstad, Duquesne University, is a Post-doctoral Fellow at Princeton’s Center for the Study of Religion for the 2001-2002 academic year.
George Ritzer was named Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland.
Charles V. Willie, the Charles William Elliot Professor of Education (Emeritus) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of Judge Baker Children’s Center. He previously served as a trustee and first vice chairman of the Center.
Members' New Books
Mia L. Cahill, New York University, The Social Construction of Sexual Harassment Law: The Role of the National, Organizational and Individual Context (Ashgate, 2001).
Kathleen Thiede Call and Jeylan T. Mortimer, University of Minnesota, Arenas of Comfort in Adolescence (Law rence Erlbaum Associates, 2001).
Ingrid Arnet Connidis, University of Western Ontario, Family Ties and Aging (Sage, 2001).
Hassan Elanjjar, Dalton State College, The Gulf War: Overreaction & Excessiveness (Amazone Press, 2001).
Sandra Enos, Rhode Island College, Mothering from the Inside: Parenting in a Women’s Prison (SUNY Press, 2001).
David O. Friedrichs, University of Scranton, Law in Our Lives: An Introduction (Roxbury Publishing, 2001).
Frances V. Moulder, Three Rivers Community College (ed.), Social Problems of the Modern World: A Reader (Wadsworth Publishing, 2000).
Dorothy Neklin, New York University, and Lori Andrews, Body Bazaar: The Market for Human Tissue in the Biotechnology Age (Crown Press, 2001).
Kim Reed, SUNY-Oswego, Managing our Margins: Women Entrepreneurs in the Suburbs (Routledge, 2001).
Protosociology: An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, announces Volume 15 (2000), “On A Sociology of Boarderlines: Social Process in Time and Globalization.” Each issue concentrates on a specific topic taken from the current discussion to which scientists from different fields contribute the results of their research. For information on ordering or subscribing, see
Caught in the Web
Research Forum on Children, Families, and the New Federalism, at www.researchforum.org, encourages collaborative research and informed policy on welfare reform, child and family well-being, and community-related outcomes. The website features a searchable database of summaries of large- and small-scale research projects, pages with information and links related to key topics, and other useful resources. Barbara Blum is the Research Forum director. Jennifer Farnsworth maintains the site.
Fulbright Scholar Program offers Lecturing/Research Awards in 140 countries for the 2002-2003 academic year. Opportunities are available, not only for college and university faculty and administrators, but also for professionals from business and government, as well as artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. For information, contact the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), 3007 Tilden Street, NW, Suite 5L, Washington, DC 20008-3009; (202) 686-7877; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.cies.org.
National Council for the Social Studies invites nominations for its major grants and awards. NCSS annually honors the outstanding performance of teachers, researchers, and other worthy individuals and programs, and encourages unique and innovative social studies education projects through its award and grant programs. For a list of the award and grant descriptions contact Ana M. Chiquillo Post, Manager of Recognition Programs and Special Projects; (202) 966-7840, ext. 114; fax (202) 966-2061; e-mail email@example.com.
Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS) is offering a series of workshops, intended primarily for graduate students and junior faculty, in various methodological topics related to the mission of CSISS. Scholarships are being offered. Further information can be found at
Northwestern University. 6th Annual International Institute. “What Do the Best University Teachers Do?”, June27-29, 2001. The Institute stems from a 14-year study of the practices and thinking of highly successful teachers, those people who seem to have great success in helping and encouraging their students to achieve remarkable learning results. Registration deadline is May 1. For registration information contact the Excellence in Medical Education Program (847) 467-2338; http://president. scfte.nwu.edu/Bestteachers2001.html.
Universiteit van Amsterdam, 6th Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society, July 1-26, 2001. The Institute is an intensive four-week program focusing on the study of sexuality across cultures and is taught by an international faculty team. Applications can be found at www.ishss.uva.nl/SummerInstitute.
Armenian sociologist seeks U.S. colleagues to collaborate on research projects. No funding available from Armenia. Contact: Dr. Rubik Yegoryan, Vardanants str. 4/3, Yerevan 10, Republic of Armenia; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Policy and Practice
Peter Dreier, Occidental College, Jennifer Wolch, University of Southern California, and Manuel Pastor, University of California-Santa-Cruz, coordinated a report (Sprawl Hits the Wall), by the Southern California Studies Center at USC and the Brookings Institute, Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, that shows the Los Angeles region is at a crisis point. There is limited additional land on which to grow, and there are few additional resources left to consume, which means that the region can no longer run away from its problems: a distressed regional core, a severely taxed environment, and a fractured governance structure. The report argues that the Los Angeles region should, and can, grow differently. The entire report is available at http://www.brookings.edu/urban.
Tpini Enoch Kyllonen, University of Missouri-Columbia, died February 9, 2001.
Will Lissner, Clearwater, FL, died in March 2000.
Audrey Meyer died February 6, 2001.
Charles M. Barresi
“Chuck” Barresi would not cite his long and varied career in urban sociology, theory, and social gerontology as his most important life achievement. “Most important” were his contributions to the productive, caring, fulfilling lives of his children, Ellen, Chuck Jr., Dorothy, Timothy and Patrick. And, to their children’s lives.
“And did I tell you the big news?” was part of any phone or e-mail communication since his retirement a decade ago. He left full professorship at The University of Akron for Florida-based, part-time teaching and research. “The big news” was not typically about an invited ethnicity and aging paper he was presenting in Pisa, but about a new grandchild, a career change, move or special honor for one of his kids (“Dorothy’s reading her poetry before Congress!”). The number and length of cross-country visits to Florida during Chuck’s last year demonstrate his family’s deep devotion and the love and respect garnered in what he considered his most important roles, father and grandfather.
Charles M. Barresi, who received his BA, MA, and PhD (1965) from SUNY-Buffalo and did postdoctoral study at the Scripps Foundation, Miami of Ohio, was also a prolific and beloved “intellectual father.” He was first a teacher and mentor. He was instrumental in developing the Akron/Kent State joint doctoral program in sociology. Like his biological children, his intellectual children are scattered across North America, modeling his teaching and research skills. From his 10 years at Rosary Hill College in Buffalo to his 24 years at Akron U., he leaves students who absorbed the foibles along with the great ideas of classical thinkers and students who chose aging as a field of work and study because he ignited a special interest. Terry Albanese puts it well: “He...(was) more concerned about the significance of the sociological issues of aging, furthering our knowledge and understanding of them, and helping students learn and achieve, than about personal gains...”
Robert Denton, head of Summit County Victim Assistance and a teaching colleague, comments that Chuck embodied what “professor” means, and that he was a “true gentleman,” an asset to the community surrounding the university. (He helped found “Marriage Encounter”). Richard Gigliotti, former chair at Akron, now dean at New Jersey’s Montclair College credits Chuck with helping develop the department into a sizeable PhD-granting program, which now attracts skilled sociologists from several research areas and is parent to a large health and social policy institute.
Chuck Barresi’s research legacy is distinguished and includes many articles in key journals. He co-authored a number of books, most recently, with Donald Stull now of The University of Maryland’s School of Nursing, Ethnic Elderly and Long-term Care, (Springer, 1994). Widowhood and caregiving are his other published topics in social gerontology. Chuck was also a founding fellow of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology at Akron.p
Finally, Chuck Barresi’s obsession was golf. It impacted his retirement location. And, he was proud to work several years in a Chichi Rodriguez program teaching underprivileged youth to golf. His dear friends from Ohio to California say he golfed as he lived...as a gentleman, and always with compassion and humor.
Chuck was preceded in death by his wife of four decades, Lenore. In addition to his adored children, grandchildren, and siblings, he is survived by his dear traveling buddy and wife of three years, Natalie.
Virginia L. Smerglia
Raymond V. Bowers
Raymond V. Bowers died January 3, 1998, at Austin, TX, of pneumonia complicated by Parkinson’s Disease. He was 90 years old. His contributions were chiefly in academic and research administration, especially in the field of military sociology. His career demonstrates the success of a combination of academic and applied research contributions, with emphasis upon the application of sociological knowledge.
Ray was born in Victoria, British Columbia, June 19, 1907, of U.S. citizenship at birth. He attended Victoria College (now University) and received his baccalaureate from the University of Kansas (1927), majoring in classics. His sociology training began at the Northwestern University with the M A (1930) and continued at the University of Minnesota, PhD (1934).
Ray was a Social Science Research Council Fellow, 1934-35, at Yale University, studying experimental sociology and statistics. His sociological career continued at the University of Rochester where he progressed from Instructor to Chairman of the Department (1935-42). However, during 1940-41 he used a sabbatical to study personality and culture at Columbia University. His academic career was interrupted when he began government service as Assistant Chief of the research division of the Selective Service System, 1942-44.
His government service continued in the U.S. Naval Reserve. As Lieutenant he served in the American and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters. His military career continued to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Ready Reserve with specialties in Psychological Warfare and International Affairs. He entered retired status in 1968.
Following active military service, Ray served as Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director of the Committee on Human Resources, Research and Development Board, Office of the Secretary of Defense (1947-1949). He then moved into research administrative positions in the Department of the Air Force.
Ray’s administration of Air Force research programs resulted in fiscal support for research in intelligence gathering methods, organizational effectiveness, civilian-military relationships, interviewing of prisoners of war for intelligence gathering, psychological warfare, military manpower, personnel selection and other areas. He published Studies in Behavior in Organizations (1966), Studies in Organizational Effectiveness (1962), and ARDC Studies in Personnel and Organizational Effectiveness (1956).
Ray’s academic sociological studies included contributions on scale construction, diffusion, ecology of an urban community, labor force morale, environmental factors in mental hygiene, and other topics in research methodology. He published in Sociological Inquiry, the American Sociological Review, and the University presses of the University of Minnesota and Georgia.
Ray’s academic career continued in 1958 when he assumed responsibility as head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the University of Georgia. In 1962 he transferred to the University of Arizona as Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department (1962-1971). In 1970 he was Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he studied the military sociology program in NATO. He became Professor Emeritus at Arizona in 1975.
Ray served as consultant to numerous study panels and commissions. Among them, the NATO Symposium on Professional Obsolescence (Cambridge University, England, 1970); Consultant for the Media Analysis Study for the President’s Commission on Civil Disorders (1967); The Arizona Governor’s Commission on Problems of the Aging (1965-66); Chairman of the Panel on Traineeships in Sociology of the National Science Foundation (1966); Consultant on Behavioral Sciences Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (1963-64); Consultant on Welfare Planning to the Welfare Administration, DHEW (1960); and others with such organizations as the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company, the AT&T, to the Supreme Commander, Allied Powers (Japan), and the U. S. Strategic Bombing Survey (Japan). Through these functions he found opportunities to apply the findings of his and others research.
Ray’s work received both military and civilian recognition. He was honored by membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He was a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received World War II Commendation Medals from both the Army and the Navy, and American and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal for World War II, and a Selective Service Medal, signed by the President. The Governor of Arizona gave him a Citation of Merit in 1966 for his work on aging issues.
Ray served the ASA with membership on the Executive Committee (1947-49), as representative to AAAS (1952-57) and as Chairman of the Committee on Committees and of the Research Committee, and a member of the Nominating Committee. He was elected to the Sociological Research Association in 1940. He served as President of the District of Columbia Sociological Society, 1948-49, Vice-President of the Pacific Sociological Association, 1965-66, and Sociology Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Social Science Association (1967).
His wife, Virginia D. Wallis Bowers predeceased him by several years. He is survived by two daughters, Sally Wittliff and her husband, Ray, of Austin, Texas, and Kay Arrell and husband, Ralph, of Midland, Texas, and by four grandchildren.
Abbott L. Ferriss, Emory University
Mary Cuthrell Curry
( - 2000)
Mary Cuthrell Curry died December 22, 2000 after a four-year battle with cancer. At the time of her death, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Houston. Two years earlier, she and her husband Dave buried their only child, Anjorin Sebastian Curry in Brooklyn. Three days after the burial, Mary retuned to Houston to teach. She could grieve in Houston as well as New York.
Mary grew up in Richmond, VA and attended Virginia Union University in Richmond where she and Dave met and married. She graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science. Soon afterward she and Dave moved to New York where she received a Masters in Sociology from The New School for Social Research, in 1970. She was a Fellow in the ASA Minority Fellowship Program. She received her Doctorate in 1991 from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. During and after her doctoral studies she taught at various branches of City University.
She made important contributions to Sociology of Religion and to Methodology. Her studies of the Yoruba religion utilized a variety of methods, including participant observation. In her book, Making the Gods in New York, she discusses the difficulties of both being a participant and an observer. Mary also explains how she used informants to learn more about the people she was studying. Her main interest, however, was in using her observations to expand our knowledge of the Yoruba Religion, to critique existing theory, and to suggest alternatives. For example, she argued that the idea of “fictive family” did not adequately explain family structure in the religion, because God Parents, God Children were not intended to replace blood ties, but serve as a parallel structure. At the time of her death, she was engaged in developing an alternative concept that best described these relationships. She was not only a skilled observer, but a gifted writer. Her images of Yoruba evoke the feeling on the part of the reader that he/she is there.
She was an artist in addition to being a scholar. Her bead-work has been exhibited at museums throughout the country and Africa.
None of these accomplishments address her personal warmth and caring. She was a wonderful friend and a devoted mother and wife. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother Mildred Cuthrell Bryant, her bothers and sister, her Godparents, Godchildren and the priests she initiated in the Religion.
Susan B. Prager, Brooklyn College/CUNY, Stern College for Women/Yeshiva University
Robert E. Franz
Robert E. Franz, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, died Dec. 5, 2000, in his home. Bob struggled with a cancer diagnosed in early September. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Bob graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from St. Olaf College, and completed his MA and PhD at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He joined the Duluth faculty in 1967, where he spent his entire academic career. He served in many capacities at UMD; faculty member, department head, associate dean of the College of Letters and Science, acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and acting associate vice chancellor of Academic Administration. Among his many honors were the College of Letters and Science Outstanding Teaching Award, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award, and the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Academic Advisor.
Bob was a beloved faculty mentor and advisor to hundreds of students over the course of his career. Known for his archival memory of campus policies and procedures, he was highly sought out as the “person in the know” on campus. Unassuming, hard working and focused, Bob’s door was always open to faculty, staff and students. Students in his statistics classes always knew he was available for help. While he found attention to detail important and significant, he expected such exactness of himself, not just others. He was an “everyman” and enjoyed golf, his family—especially his grandchildren— and his work. He is missed dearly by family and friends, colleagues, and a campus which still says, “Bob would know the answer to that.”
Sheryl J. Grana, University of Minnesota-Duluth
William R. F. Phillips
William R. F. Phillips, 59, Professor of Sociology at Widener University died peacefully at home in the company of his life partner, his brother, and friends on Saturday, March 11, 2001 after a long struggle with ALS.
Born in Chicago, he learned to love art and architecture, which became the basis for some of his sociological research and publications. An enthusiastic lover of cities and the urban lifestyle, Dr. Phillips passed that excitement on to students, friends, and colleagues many of whom have become passionate advocates for city living.
After finishing undergraduate studies at Stanford University in 1962, he went to the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he completed work on his masters degree in 1964 and received his PhD in 1970.
His first teaching position, at Temple University, brought him to Philadelphia, which became his home. From Temple he moved on to Bryn Mawr College and then to Widener University in 1976.
In 1971, he discovered the nascent Gay Liberation movement in Philadelphia and joined the Gay Activists Alliance. Here he found a place for himself and met his life partner, Joseph R.G. DeMarco. Together they worked on many projects that have helped change the face of Philadelphia for gays and lesbians.
He brought his activism to his work and to his church. In 1983, Dr. Phillips single-handedly pushed through a change in the Widener faculty by-laws/handbook to include a sexual orientation non-discrimination clause. At his church, Old First Reformed (UCC), Dr. Phillips was an Elder and Editor of Old First/New Outlook, the Church’s monthly newsletter. In 1995, he initiated the Open and Affirming process at Old First, which, when successfully completed, permits a church to declare that they openly welcome gays and lesbians and will include them in the life of the congregation. Old First Reformed is such a church today.
Dr. Phillips was a highly regarded member of the Widener faculty, regularly serving on numerous University committees and founding the Criminal Justice major. His lively teaching style was recognized with a number of teaching awards including “The Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching” from the Widener College of Arts and Sciences and the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society’s “Outstanding Professor Award.”
He also made a mark in his field publishing articles in books and journals as well as editing a number of volumes. In 1996, his deep interest in cities and city planning led him to publish an article in Planning Perspectives and, in 2000, to author a course online entitled “The Modern City.” He led tours to New York City and actively participated in professional planning societies around the country.
Other interests led to articles published in Gender & Society, Commonwealth: A Journal of Political Science, Women and Politics, Indiana Law Journal, Wisconsin Sociologist, and Social Forces. He edited three volumes (with his colleague Janet Rosenberg) concerning the handicapped in society: Changing Patterns of Law; The Origins of the Modern Treatment of Handicapped Children; and Social Scientists and the Physically Handicapped. In addition, he and Rosenberg edited a series of thirty-nine book reprints on the handicapped. He co-authored a popular methods text, Understanding Social Research with his colleague, Alan Orenstein, and taught methods courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels.
He has presented papers around the world from Montreal to Trieste, Italy to Paris, and from Amsterdam to Bielefeld, Germany for Law and Society conferences, and for International Sociological Association, and International Institute of Sociology meetings. Dr. Phillips served as president of the National Council of State Sociological Associations as well as president of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society. He was inducted into Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and Phi Kappa Phi Honor society for which he served as president of the local chapter and on the board for many years.
Several awards were established at Widener University in his honor: The William R.F. Phillips Prize for a student who has promoted diversity; The William R.F. Phillips Criminal Justice Citizenship Award; and the Phi Kappa Phi William R.F. Phillips Research Award.
His friends and colleagues remember him as a man of convictions and great love. “If there is one word which typifies Bill, it is integrity,” David Ward, Professor of Philosophy. “What I remember most about him is his tremendous spirit of generosity and not just with money. He touched a lot of people,” Diana LeStourgeon, Professor of English at Widener. “One of his most admirable traits was that he was a principled man who stood up for what was right and for other people’s rights even if he was the lone voice,” Dr. Barbara Ryan, Professor of Sociology.
Dr. Phillips is survived by his life partner of more than 28 years, Joseph R.G. DeMarco, as well as by his mother Louise Bauer, a brother Louis Phillips and sister-in-law Mona, nephews Maxwell and Adam.
Barbara Ryan and Joseph DeMarco, Widener University
Hendrik W. van der Merwe
Hendrik W. van der Merwe (H.W.) died March 5, 2001. He was born June 24, 1929, in rural South Africa, about 130 miles east of Cape Town and he died on his farm near his birthplace. But he had traveled far in his life and helped bring his country with him. In the Forward to his memoir, Peacemaking in South Africa: A Life in Conflict Resolution, Nelson Mandela wrote about H.W.’s “long journey from a rural conservative and Calvinist environment as an Afrikaner farm boy to the cosmopolitan, multicultural rainbow nation of the new South Africa.” Mandela continued, “These memoirs tell the story of the gradual development of a Calvinist dissident to an anti-apartheid activist and a Quaker peacemaker whose religious commitment and academic insights enabled him to reach out to all sides of the conflict in South Africa.”
Hendrik received his BA in 1956 and his MA in sociology in 1957 from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He was awarded the PhD in Sociology in 1963, from the University of California, Los Angeles. He returned to South Africa, to teach sociology at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, 1963-1968. In 1968 he became the founding director of the Centre for Intergroup Studies, based in Cape Town and remained its Executive Director until 1992, serving as Senior Consultant for two more years. He retired in 1994. In 1992, he became Emeritus Honorary Professor of the University of Cape Town. He visited and lectured at many institutions in Europe and the United States, including Northwestern University (1969-70) in Evanston, Illinois, and Woodbrooke College (1986-87) in Birmingham, England.
He pioneered in the development of conflict resolution and peace studies in South Africa. In 1981, he organized the first training courses in handling community conflicts and led in organizing conferences and associations related to conflict resolution methods. He acted to advance integration, playing a leading role in forcing the whites-only South African Sociological Society to become integrated in 1976.
He organized many regional, national and international workshops where he brought together political opponents who otherwise did not meet. Thus, he arranged the first meetings between government supporters and the ANC in exile in 1984. He developed strong links with the Mandela family and visited Nelson Mandela in prison. He mediated in local, regional and national conflicts, including between Inkatha and the United Democratic Front in Natal in 1985-86 and he arranged the first meetings between the ANC and the Afrikaner Freedom Foundation in 1992.
Hendrik’s research and writing were highly related to his peacemaking activities, as indicated in his publications that include: Peacemaking in South Africa, published in 2000 by Tafelberg in Cape Town, “Restitution after Apartheid: From Revenge to Forgiveness,” in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 1994 (8:2) and 1995 (9:1), “Principles of Communication between Adversaries in South Africa,” in Conflict: Readings in Management and Resolution, J. W. Burton and F. Dukes, eds., (1990, St. Martin’s Press), and Pursuing Justice and Peace in South Africa, (1989, Routledge).
He also published Legal Ideology and Politics in South Africa, with J. Hund (1986) and White South African Elites, with others (1974). He co-edited African Perspectives on South Africa, (1978) and Race and Ethnicity: South African and International Perspectives, (1980).
He is survived by his wife Elsbeth Siglinde Woody of Bonnievale, South Africa and Sillaching, Germany, his daughter Marieke O’Connor of Oxford, and his sons Hendrik of Cape Town, and Hugo, of Johannesburg, children of his marriage to Marietjie, who predeceased him in 1992, and his brother Laubscher van der Merwe of Bonnievale.
Hendrik’s life was characterized by straightforward honesty and passionate moral convictions. His courageous work against apartheid and as a mediator contributed significantly to South Africa’s peaceful transformation to democracy. He was brave and tenacious, too, in his long struggle with cancer. His life is inspiring.
Louis Kriesberg Syracuse University