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2000 Annual Meeting: August 12-16, 2000

You're Invited!

All sociologists and other interested social scientists are invited to come to Washington, DC, this summer to attend the first American Sociological Association Annual Meeting of the 21st century. The 95th Annual Meeting-to be held August 12-16, 2000-will bring together more than 5,000 sociologists and other social scientists, including professors, practitioners, and students, who are committed to examining the many important substantive issues that face our society and our world today.

The five meeting days are packed full of workshops, sessions, and roundtables loaded with provocative new ideas and interesting research data. Meet researchers who share similar interests and research commitments. Take advantage of topical roundtables, special events for newcomers, receptions, informational poster sessions, and sociologically oriented tours to network and connect with other sociologists, including leading researchers and practitioners in various fields.

Come to an exciting Town Meeting and stimulating Plenary sessions focusing on vital issues that animate our society and sociology as a field. In line with the general theme for this annual ASA meeting, "Oppression, Domination & Liberation: Challenges for the 21st Century," there will be special Plenary sessions on (1) Sexism and Feminism: Challenges for the 21st Century, and (2) Racism and Anti- Racism Struggles: Global Perspectives, as well as an array of thematic and special sessions related broadly to the general theme.

There will also be the usual array of regular sessions on more than one hundred topics of concern to sociologists, as well as numerous informal and refereed roundtables, student forum sessions, section sessions, poster sessions, academic workplace and teaching workshops, professional workshops, didactic seminars, computer lab-based seminars, author-meets-critics sessions, and regional spotlight sessions. The 2000 Program Committee and the ASA staff have worked hard to make this program one that will fill all scholarly, intellectual, and policy plates.

Washington, DC is an exciting city for all those interested in the present and future realities of U.S. society. Come and explore with your sociological imagination both the ASA meeting and the city. Washington, DC is a place of much diversity and many social linkages, changes, and transitions. It is a city of transition between North and South, since at least the time it was a key node on the underground railroad. It is the location of continued racial and class inequality etched in the physical face of the city, with its distinctive quadrants dividing people of different backgrounds.

DC is no longer a company town of federal employees but a nexus of international commerce and high technology firms. It is the home of more major interest groups and advocacy organizations than anywhere else, groups pressing the causes of the powerful and the powerless. It is famous as a site of national collective memory, with its numerous historical sites, museums, and libraries. It is the site of major international negotiations reshaping global political boundaries. It is the place where national politics will be a dominant presence even in the summer of 2000 when most politicians will be engaged in pre-election politicking outside the city. And, yes, it is a place where full citizenship and democratic representation are still denied to its residents.

Given this latter reality, one important event will be a Town Meeting on the status of Washington, D C within the U.S. political system. This unique Town Meeting will include some of the nation's leaders-including Eleanor Holmes Norton, Joyce Ladner, and Constance King-who have dealt regularly with racial, class, gender, and various political-economic issues in this international metropolis.

Let me extend to you a warm invitation to come and participate, listen, discuss, and contribute as sociology begins a new and challenging century of social inquiry.

Joe R. Feagin, ASA President