firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; www.macalester.edu/wgs.
October 24-26, 2003, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society Biennial Conference, Chicago, IL. Contact: IUS 2003 Conference, IUS Secretariat, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, Department of Sociology, Art-Sociology Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-1315; e-mail IUS@socy.umd.edu.
The American Institute of Indian Studies announces its 2003 fellowship competition and invites applications from scholars who wish to conduct their research in India. Deadline: July 1, 2003. Contact: American Institute for Indian Studies, 1130 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637; (773) 702-8638; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fulbright Scholar Program is accepting applications for its 2004-2005 awards. Application deadline: May 1, 2003. Contact: Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 3007 Tilden Street NW, Suite 5L, Washington, DC 20008-3009; (202) 686-7877; e-mail email@example.com. More information at: www.cies.org.
IREX is pleased to introduce the new Starr Collaborative Research Grants Program, created to highlight contemporary issues facing the communities of Eurasia, the Near East, and Asia. Maximum Award: $20,000. Application deadline: May 1, 2003. Contact: IREX, Attn: Starr Collaborative Research Grants, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20037; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More information at www.irex.org/programs/starr.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is accepting applications for grants to support research on the epidemiology, etiology, prevention, and treatment of drug abuse. The institute is particularly interested in the relationship between chronic stress or post-traumatic stress disorder and drug use, abuse, and dependence. Deadline for letters of intent is May 19. Deadline for applications is June 18. For full announcement see: grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-04-001.html.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites applications for grants in support of research on mind-body interactions and health. Applicant institutions may request funds to support infrastructure and research designed to (1) enhance the quality and quantity of mind-body and health research and (2) develop new research capabilities to advance mind-body and health research through innovative approaches. Deadline for letters of intent is June 16, 2003. More information can be found at: Mind-Body Interactions and Health: Research Infrastructure Program grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OB-03-004.html; and Mind-Body Interactions and Health: Exploratory/ Developmental Research Program. grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OB-03-005.html.
Pathways Linking Education to Health, (RFA-OB-03-001) from the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institute on Aging, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Link to: grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/2003/03.01.10/index.html.
Social and Demographic Studies of Race and Ethnicity. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invite qualified researchers to submit research grant applications on the demography and social science of race and ethnicity in the United States. The goal of this program is to encourage research that will improve understanding of race and ethnicity in social science and demographic research. See grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-057.html.
In the News
Several sociologists were quoted in a January 18 New York Times article about social class in U.S. society: David B. Grusky, Cornell University, Kim Weeden, Cornell University, Paul W. Kingston, University of Virginia, Robert Perucci, Purdue University, Earl Wysong, Indiana University-Kokomo, David W. Wright, Wichita State University, and Erik Olin Wright, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Leo Bogart was quoted in the January 5 Dallas Morning News on corporate co-optation of youth counterculture.
Camille Z. Charles and Douglas S. Massey, both from the University of Pennsylvania, wrote an article in the January 10 Chronicle of Higher Education on minority students and racial stereotypes.
Stephen Cole, SUNY-Stony Brook, was featured in the January 31 Chronicle of Higher Education in an article that discusses his controversial new book that says affirmative action has many unintended negative consequences for minority students.
Judith Cook, University of Illinois-Chicago, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune on December 12 in an article about innovative programs for employing people with mental illness.
Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, discussed his work on the history of international policing on the local PBS station on November 2002.
Peter Drier, Occidental College, wrote an article in the January 27 The American Prospect contrasting George W. Bush’s opposition to affirmative action with his own privileged background that gave him preferential entry into elite universities.
Troy Duster, New York University, was featured in the February issue of Scientific American for his research and work on genetics and race.
Kathryn Edin, Northwestern University, was mentioned in the January 5 Monterey County Herald for her research on marriage in an article on marriage and American society.
Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, was quoted in the January 2 Baltimore Sun in an article about people and their New Year’s resolutions.
Reynolds Farley, University of Michigan, was quoted extensively in the January 5 The Detroit News in an article on the social and economic state of American society despite current challenging and worrisome times.
Mark Fishman, Brooklyn College, was quoted in the January 3 The Tampa Tribune in an article on reality television shows.
Michael Flaherty, Eckerd College, was interviewed on the January 1 Talk of the Nation program on National Public Radio about how people experience time.
Doug Hartmann, University of Minnesota, was quoted in the January 5 Minneapolis Star Tribune on perceived underrepresentation of Midwesterners on television.
Carol Joffe, University of California-Davis, wrote an op-ed column in the January 22 San Francisco Chronicle on the 30th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.
Ellis Jones, Sacramento City College, Ross Haenfler, University of Colorado, and Brett Johnson, University of Colorado, were profiled in the February 2003 issue of the Coloradan in an article, titled “Grad Students Write Handbook to Better the World,” highlighting their book, The Better World Handbook (New Society Publishers, 2001).
Donald Kraybill, Elizabethtown College, was quoted in the January 5 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in an article about a local controversy in Nittany, PA, where a ban on horse ownership is considered discriminatory by local Amish residents.
John Logan, University at Albany, was quoted in a front-page article in the January 13 Washington Post about the Washington, DC, mayor’s goal of increasing the number of residents in the city.
Paul Luebke, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, was interviewed on the CBS Evening News on New Year’s Day and again the following day on the CBS Early Morning Show, discussing Sen. John Edwards’ chances of capturing the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. On January 3, KMOX News Radio in St. Louis interviewed and asked him to compare the relative strengths of Edwards and Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt as presidential candidates.
Robert Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, was interviewed on January 30 on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered about the history of consumer debt in the United States.
Stephen J. Morewitz, Morewitz & Associates, published an opinion article in the National Law Journal on January 20. His article was based on his new book, Stalking and Violence: New Patterns of Obsession and Trauma (Kluwer, 2003).
Steven H. Murdock, Texas A&M University, was quoted in the January 17 Chronicle of Higher Education in an article on the declining Hispanic and other minority student enrollment in Texas universities.
J. Timmons Roberts, College of William and Mary, wrote an article in the January 5 Daily Press on overdevelopment in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Richard Sennett, New York University, was featured in an article in the January 10 Chronicle of Higher Education, regarding his career writing about and studying social class issues.
Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University and John F. Zipp, University of Akron, wrote an article with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee historian, Marc V. Levine, on the persistence of inequality and segregation in Milwaukee that appeared in the January 19 issue of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Rodney Stark, University of Washington, was quoted in the January 5 Perth Sunday Times (Australia) on the link between gender and religiosity.
Arlene Stein, Rutgers University, wrote an editorial in the January 5 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the politics of George W. Bush’s support for religious organizations to provide services traditionally provided by the government.
Jim Stockinger, University of California-Berkeley, was interviewed on the Public Broadcasting Service’s The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, on January 8 about faculty employment status (i.e., part-time, full-time, tenured) and the quality of college/university teaching.
Marta Tienda, Princeton University, was featured in the January 24 Chronicle of Higher Education as having led a team of sociologists who reported on the state of minority enrollment in Texas universities after affirmative action was repealed in that state.
Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota, was quoted in the January 1 Saint Paul Pioneer Press in an article on crime in the Twin Cities.
Allen Williams, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was quoted in the January 27 Daily Nebraskan in an article on the effect on diversity of ASA’s MOST program in his university’s sociology department.
Richard Wunderlich, College of St. Rose, was featured in the January 1 The Record on his work and research on the Pinocchio fairy tale.
Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University, wrote an article in the January 24 Chronicle of Higher Education on the scientific study of religion.
Lewis Yablonsky, California State University-Northridge, had two articles published in the op-ed Commentary pages of the Los Angeles Times (September 19, 2002 and January 14) on American death rows and the death penalty.
Fenggang Yang, Purdue University, was quoted as a leading scholar on Chinese Christianity in the article “A Chinese American Awakening: Immigrants Help to Reenergize U.S. Christianity” in the January 11 Washington Post.
Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College, was quoted in the January 5 Chicago Tribune in an article on an ethnic enclave neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, and in the January 5 New York Times on the future of Brooklyn as a cultural center.
Caught in the Web
The State of Preservation Programs in American College and Research Libraries is now available at www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub111/pub111.pdf.
The Impact of the Internet on Society, June 2-13, 2003, University of Maryland College Park. The Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland is hosting the third annual Graduate Student Workshop at the University of Maryland. 30 to 50 leading scholars and experts who study the behavioral aspects of information technology will discuss current issues and research. Student participants will receive up to $750 as a support grant as well as room and board. Students will develop original research projects as the basis for their thesis, dissertation, or other publication. Application deadline: April 1, 2003. Contact: Graduate WebShop, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742- 1315; (301) 405-6421; fax (301) 314-6892; e-mail email@example.com. www.webuse.umd.edu.
Prague Summer Seminar. Based on her research and experiences in the Czech Republic, Phyllis Raabe will be offering a seminar on “Women, Work, and Family—Is the Czech Republic Different?” in Prague from June 28 to July 27, 2003. This seminar will examine the interesting sources of gender equality and inequality in the Czech Republic (including the important role of social policies) and will feature talks by several Czech faculty. The Seminar, a part of the University of New Orleans Prague Summer Seminars, is available to both students and faculty and can be taken for credit or on a non-credit basis. Further information about the course and registration is available at www.uno.edu/prague/photo or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Members' New Books
Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Indiana University-Bloomington, Forging Gay Identities: Organizing Sexuality in San Francisco, 1950-1994 (University of Chicago Press, 2002).
Lonnie Athens, Seton Hall University, and Jeffrey Ulmer, Pennsylvania State University, Violent Acts and Violentization: Assessing, Applying, and Developing Lonnie Athens’ Theories (JAI Press, 2003).
Thomas C. Calhoun, Southern Illinois University, and Constance Chapple, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Readings in Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2003).
Mary Jo Deegan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, The New Woman of Color: The Collected Writings of Fannie Barrier Williams 1893-1918 (Northern Illinois University Press, 2002).
Joe Feagin, University of Florida, and Karyn McKinney, Pennsylvania State University, The Many Costs of Racism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003).
Steven J. Gold, Michigan State University, The Israeli Diaspora (University of Washington Press, 2002).
Michael Hechter, University of Washington, and Christine Horne, editors, Theories of Social Order: A Reader (Stanford University Press, 2003).
Robin Humphry, University of Newcastle (UK), Robert Miller, Queen’s University (Northern Ireland), and Elena Zdravomyslova, European University and Centre for Independent Research (Russia), Biographical Research in Eastern Europe: Altered Lives and Broken Biographies (Ashgate, 2002).
Denise B. Kandel, Columbia University, editor, Stages and Pathways of Drug Involvement: Examining the Gateway Hypothesis (Cambridge University Press, 2002).
Joseph A. Kotarba, University of Houston, and John M. Johnson, Arizona State University, editors, Postmodern Existential Sociology (Alta Mira, 2002).
J. Scott Long, Indiana University-Bloomington, From Scarcity to Visibility: Gender Differences in the Careers of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers (National Academy Press, 2002).
Douglas S. Massey, Camille Z. Charles, Garvey F. Lundy, and Mary J. Fischer, all from University of Pennsylvania, The Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America’s Selective Colleges and Universities (Princeton University Press, 2002).
Sarah H. Matthews, Cleveland State University, Sisters and Brothers/Daughters and Sons: Meeting the Needs of Old Parents (Unlimited Publishing, 2002).
John Torpey, University of British Columbia, editor, Politics and the Past: On Repairing Historical Injustices (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.)
Yvonne Vissing, Salem State College, Women Without Children: Nurturing Lives (Rutgers University Press, 2002).
Rose Weitz, Arizona State University, The Politics of Women’s Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance and Behavior (Oxford University Press, 2002).
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, and Caroline Haythornthwaite, eds., The Internet in Everyday Life (Blackwell, 2002).
Tim Bartley, Tim Hallett, Ethan Michelson, and Fabio Rojas will be joining the faculty of Indiana University-Bloomington as assistant professors in the fall.
Glen Elder, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, received an honorary degree from the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania State University in January.
Joe Feagin, University of Florida, was asked to do the first Occasional Paper for the Office of Minorities in Higher Education, American Council of Education, which was just published as The Continuing Significance of Racism: U.S. Colleges and Universities.
Gene Rosa, Washington State University, was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee to Review the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan.
Christine Williams, University of Texas-Austin, is the new editor of Gender & Society.
The Political Sociology section of the ASA honored The Journal of Political and Military Sociology for its 30th year of uninterrupted scholarly publication.
Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems, a research and public education project of the George Washington University Medical Center, seeks to increase access to treatment for individuals with alcohol problems by providing research-based information and tools to help curb the health care and other costs associated with alcohol use. More details at: www.ensuringsolutions.org. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking a new editor. International Sociology is a quarterly journal published by Sage (London). The journal has been established by the International Sociological Association to publish papers that deserve worldwide circulation and reflect the research and interests of the international community of sociologists. The editor should have a vision for the direction of sociological research in the global age and the most promising trends and developments. Expressions of interest should be submitted by the end of July 2003 to: Susan McDaniel, ISA Vice-President, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H4, Canada; (780) 492-0488; fax (780) 492-7196; e-mail Susan.McDaniel@ualberta.ca. www.ucm.es/info/isa/is.htm.
Paul Gellert, Cornell University, and James Raymo, University of Wisconsin-Madison, are two of 15 recipients of this year’s Abe Fellowship to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern.
Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University-Bloomington, received the Wilbert Hites Mentoring Award, an IU system-wide award to the outstanding mentor.
Francisco O. Ramirez and John W. Meyer, Stanford University, received major grants from the National Science Foundation and from the Bechtel Initiative on Global Growth and Change to study the expansion and impact of the world human rights regime throughout the twentieth century.
Rogelio Saenz, Texas A&M University Sociology Department Chair, has been selected to receive the 2003 Outstanding Latino/a Faculty Award in Research and Teaching in Higher Education by the American Association of Higher Education Hispanic Caucus.
Carla Shirley and Kathryn Henderson, both from Indiana University-Bloomington, each received the Lieber Associate Instructor Award, an IU system-wide award for outstanding teaching.
Fenggang Yang, Purdue University, and Helen Rose Ebaug, University of Houston, won the 2002 Distinguished Article Award by Society for the Scientific Study of Religion for their “Transformations in New Immigrant Religions and Their Global Implications.”
Robert Zehner, University of New South Wales Planning and Urban Development Program (Sydney, Australia), has been selected to receive a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Robert Alford, CUNY-Graduate Center, died on February 14.
Helena Lopata, Loyola University Chicago, died on February 12.
Joseph B. Maier of Maplewood, NJ, and a Professor Emeritus of Rutgers University, died on November 22, 2002.
Ruth C. Schaffer died on January 28.
Marcello Truzzi, Eastern Michigan University, died on February 9 after a long bout with cancer.
Charles Warriner, University of Kansas, died of a massive stroke on February 8.
Ivan J. Fahs
Ivan J. Fahs, professor emeritus of sociology at Wheaton College (IL), died on January 5, 2003, in his home from end-stage renal failure, a complication of a heart transplant eight years earlier. Survivors include his wife Joyce, his mother Elsie, his children Daniel, Stephen, and Aimee, and 12 grandchildren. Ivan was born in Binghamton, NY, on June 12, 1932. He earned a BA from Wheaton and MEd and PhD degrees from Cornell University. After teaching at Greenville and Bethel (MN) Colleges and doing medical research in Minnesota and at Harvard Medical School, he joined Wheaton’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 1981 for the final 20 years of his professional life.
After earlier heart by-pass surgery, in 1995 Ivan received a heart transplant that provided a sense of urgency and thankfulness to his exemplary teaching. In 1996 he chaired the City of Wheaton’s Task Force on Homelessness. On November 4, 2002—”Ivan J. Fahs Day” in Wheaton—he received Illinois’ Studs Terkel Humanitarian Service Award in recognition of his work on behalf of the homeless.
During his 20 years of teaching at Wheaton College, Ivan Fahs worked closely with undergraduate students. He was the subject of a feature story in The Chronicle of Higher Education for his unusual pedagogical simulations, including having students incarcerated or living as homeless. Students also developed papers from the research methods course Ivan taught for further purposes, winning more than 50 awards in student paper competitions. About 15 of his Wheaton College students went on to earn PhDs in sociology and related fields.
Ivan Fahs was my department chair during the mid- to late-1980s. He mentored me as a newcomer to Wheaton, traveled with me to conferences and then to Moscow to do collaborative research, studied the Hmong church in Wisconsin with me, and provided wise counsel in countless chats and bull sessions. Ten minutes into my haircut on January 9, my barber Don paused to blurt out, “Well, I saw that Dr. Fahs died.” To which I replied, “Yup, my buddy.” “Everybody’s buddy,” Don corrected me before continuing. “About once a month, Dr. Fahs would come in, and for 20 minutes, I would have him all to myself. What a privilege it was to know him.”
Ivan Fahs was everybody’s buddy to all who knew him. In the end, he will be remembered as a humble but energetic man who loved his God, his family, his students, and the downtrodden. We will miss him.
Jim Mathisen, Professor of Sociology, Wheaton College (IL)
Official Reports and Proceedings
Minutes of the First Meeting of the 2002-2003 Council
August 20, 2002, Chicago, IL
Officers Present: William T. Bielby (President), Michael Burawoy (President-Elect), Barbara F. Reskin (Immediate Past President), Ivan Szelenyi (Vice President), Bernice Pescosolido (Vice President-Elect), Elijah Anderson (Immediate Past Vice President), Arne L. Kalleberg (Secretary)
Council Members-at-Large Present: Linda Burton, Craig Calhoun, Esther Ngan-Ling Chow, Robert D. Crutchfield, Jennifer Glass, David Grusky, Deborah K. King, Rhonda F. Levine, Victor Nee, Barbara Risman, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Pamela Walters
ASA Staff Present: Sally T. Hillsman, Janet Astner, Karen Gray Edwards, Lee Herring, Michael Murphy, Jean Shin
1. Call to Order
President William Bielby called the meeting to order at 8:42 am on Tuesday, August 20th, 2002 in the Lake Erie Room of the Hilton Chicago Hotel. New members of Council were introduced and welcomed to the meeting: Esther Ngan-Ling Chow of American University, Jennifer Glass and the University of Iowa, Deborah King of Dartmouth College, and Rhonda Levine of Colgate University. The agenda for the meeting had been distributed in advance of the meeting; the agenda was approved as presented.
2. Report of the President
Bielby reported that planning for the 2003 Annual Meeting was well underway. The Program Committee held its last face-to-face meeting in Chicago at the 2002 meeting. Plans for the plenaries and other events in and around the hotel related to the theme of culture are nearing completion. The only problem was a slight decrease in the number of sessions. While this is a problem in the eyes of some, for others it means they are pulled in fewer directions simultaneously.
There is some concern among Program Committee members about how Atlanta will affect attendance. The Chicago meeting just completed was an overwhelming success with excellent turnout. The last time ASA met in Atlanta in 1987, however, attendance was down from some other cities.
The theme of the 2003 Annual Meeting, “The Question of Culture,” is an invitation to critically assess how the concept of culture is used across the full range of areas of social inquiry and to take stock of alternative approaches to theory, method, and explanation developed outside of our discipline. What is the empirical and theoretical status of the concept of culture, not just in fields that deal centrally with symbolic realms such as arts, media, and religion, but also in traditionally more materialist and structuralist subfields such as demography, organizations, and stratification? How has “the cultural turn” changed our understanding of social categories such as gender, race, class and the way we study social processes ranging from identity formation to globalization? How do we address issues of meaning, representation, and interpretation, and what are their implications for sociology as an explanatory science? The 2003 Annual Meeting will be an occasion for lively debate on these and related issues, for sharing new ideas for theorizing and research, and for experiencing first hand the culture of Atlanta, one of the world’s most vibrant multicultural urban centers.
Barbara Risman asked the Executive Office to explore the possibility of hiring a vendor to provide an Internet café at the meeting. She reported that she, and probably many others, found it difficult and frustrating to not have access to e-mail while at the meeting.
Council engaged in a substantial discussion of the 2005 centennial of the American Sociological Association, considering various alternatives for celebrating and recognizing this milestone event.
A sub-committee on ASA History and the Centennial chaired by Craig Calhoun had been created previously by President Reskin to consider publications related to the centennial. This group felt that there were basically three options: (1) compile a commissioned book on the history of the ASA; (2) edit a diverse collection of historical perspectives on American sociology; and (3) create a website with someone specifically designated as editor.
Members of the sub-committee had spoken with some of the publishers present at the meeting. Several of them expressed interest in an edited volume. When questioned about the audience for and goals of such a volume, members of the sub-committee reported that the book would be intended to inform the membership about the rich history of the association. Since the primary audience would be members of the association, the volume would be limited unless it could be woven into the overall history of sociology, which would provide a larger audience.
A number of alternatives were explored, including reissuing some older sociological classics with expired copyrights, a series of articles representing difference perspectives on the development of the association, and republishing key historical articles. It was proposed that the History of Sociology section be invited to participate, along with the previous ASA Presidents. However, there is very limited time so it was agreed that for something to be ready by 2005, work to finalize ideas would have to be completed in time for the February 2003 Council meeting.
Council voted to create a sub-committee of Council members, Publications Committee members, and others as needed, to review publications options for celebration of the ASA Centennial and to recommend to Council specific proposals that should happen with guidance on how those ideas should be put into place.
President Bielby selected President-Elect Burawoy to chair this sub-committee.
A second sub-committee on Centennial Outreach, appointed by President Reskin, was chaired by Pam Walters; members are Pam Walters, Robert Crutchfield and Victor Nee. This sub-committee presented a series of issues for Council feedback: What audiences do we want to reach? What messages do we want to convey? How do we convey these ideas?
This group’s mission was to focus on methods of communicating with an audience that goes beyond sociology itself. This group saw its focus as less on ASA as an organization and more on American sociology. The sub-committee suggested focusing on key sociological facts, understandings, and debates that had been sparked by sociological research, all of which could lend the material to looking forward, not just backwards. The group asked Council for some direction on how to proceed with their work. Options were considered along with pros and cons of each idea.
Council voted to commend the committee for its work and to ask it to specify proposals and to establish the feasibility of the proposals. Council also asked the committee to start the process of soliciting membership input on these proposals.
Finally, Council turned to the international component of the Centennial. Council considered the possibility of collaborating with the International Sociological Association (ISA) for the 2005 Centennial. It was suggested that ASA collaborate with ISA by helping the ISA Council of National Associations, a group that meets every other year and is hosted by national associations, hold its planning meeting for the 2006 ISA meetings in the United States. In conjunction with the 2005 ASA Centennial year, ASA could offer to host a combined meeting of the ISA Executive Committee, Program Committee, and Council of National Associations. President Bielby asked Secretary Kalleberg to ask Douglas Kincaid, ASA’s representative to ISA, to explore the idea more fully (including costs, what “hosting” would mean specifically, can ASA afford to undertake this effort, and would this tie the hands of the 2005 ASA President too severely) and to bring more details to Council at the next meeting.
Council voted to endorse the idea of having the ASA host at some site (e.g., Miami, Philadelphia) the ISA leadership for the planning meeting in conjunction with the 2005 meeting, if the costs are deemed reasonable. International participation is generally encouraged for ASA meetings, but especially for the 2005 Centennial annual meeting. To the extent that ASA might decide in the future to seek external funds to subsidize international participation, Council favors participants from less developed regions of the world with a diversity of international participation.
3. Report of the President-Elect
President-Elect Michael Burawoy reported that he had selected “Public Sociologies” as the theme for the 2004 Annual Meeting, which also builds upon the 1988 Presidential address by Herbert Gans. Sessions at the meeting will focus on the multiple publics (i.e., the inclusive notion of public sociology); how public sociology is dependent upon professional and academic sociology; and how public sociology varies in different countries. To prepare the program, Burawoy proposed the following for appointment to the Program Committee for the 2004 Annual Meeting: Patricia Hill Collins, Joyce Iutcovich, Verna M. Keith, John Lie, Cecilia Menjivar, Bernice Pescosolido, Walter W. Powell, Barbara Risman, and Rhonda Zingraff. In addition, Burawoy will serve as Chair, Sally T. Hillsman will participate in her role as Executive Officer, and Arne L. Kalleberg will participate in his role as Secretary. Burawoy also indicated that Emmanuel Wallerstein would be an advisor to the committee.
Council voted to approve the recommendations of President-Elect Burawoy for appointments to the 2004 Program Committee.
4. Report of the Secretary
Secretary Arne Kalleberg presented several items for Council information, discussion, and approval.
COLA Adjustment for 2003 Membership Dues
EOB recommended a 2.5% COLA adjustment for 2003 membership dues as permitted by the ASA Bylaws. Rounding, and holding low-income and student dues steady, produced the following rates.
Council voted to approve a COLA adjustment of 2.5% in the membership dues rates for 2003.
Re-examination of Membership Dues Categories
Several years ago, EOB adopted a guideline that the Executive Office and the Council should periodically review membership income categories. To examine this issue, data are needed on a number of issues, including overall economic factors, professional salaries within the field, how other comparable organizations handle dues, and the history of ASA dues structure changes. Executive Office staff will compile for review by EOB at its January 2003 meeting.
The idea of launching a development campaign was raised by President Portes during his Presidential year. Recently, the suggestion had been made to consider conducting this campaign in conjunction with the 2005 centennial celebration. Kalleberg reported that tying a development campaign to the centennial might not be the best approach. The idea is to raise money, which requires that we campaign with a specific goals; a development campaign tied to the centennial would not be tied to specific projects or purposes. In addition the weak state of the economy makes this an inopportune time. Therefore, EOB recommended to Council that the idea be tabled. Council generally agreed with this conclusion.
5. Report of the Executive Officer
Executive Officer Hillsman provided an extensive update on the transition and Executive Office functions yesterday during the final 2001-2002 Council meeting. In the interest of time, she referred everyone to that report.
6. Information Technology Update
ASA Director of Information Technology and Services, Kevin Brown, provided an extensive written report on technology, including overall analysis of ASA systems and system security and firewall. Members now have access to numerous services via the ASA website, including online access to ASA journals, online membership renewals and changes, online registration for the Annual Meeting. Future plans include development of a disaster recovery plan, a document management system upgrade, investigation of new remote desktop access methods, and continued enhancements to online services for members.
7. Electronic Enhancement of the Election
Executive Officer Hillsman presented a proposal to offer ASA voting members an additional option for casting their ballot in future elections beginning in 2003. In addition to the current paper ballot system, she and EOB proposed adding an electronic aspect to the election so that members may access candidate materials online and cast their ballots online. As part of this proposal, all biographical materials and statements by all candidates for ASA-wide and section offices will be online. In addition to giving members access to more information more easily than ever before, no longer printing this information will save thousands of dollars in printing, collating, and postage expenses. The proposal for 2003 was outlined in an extensive written report.
Hillsman noted that while cost was not a driving factor in the development of this proposal, cost is nonetheless something that cannot be ignored. Overall election expenses have increased over the last four years by more than 25% from $43,285 to $54,089. The addition of an online balloting system will cost approximately $8,250 for development in the first year, but will also reduce other expenses by nearly twice that amount. It is projected that election expenses could drop from $54,089 for the 2002 election to roughly $40,000 annually.
Hillsman reported that the participation rate in the annual election hovers at around 30%. This move to electronic ballots is not expected to give a huge boost to the participation rate, except possibly for international members, but will likely be viewed positively by the ASA membership that is increasingly using web-based methods of participating in association activities.
Hillsman indicated that ASA Bylaws currently require that ballots be distributed by mail; however they are silent on how members may cast their vote. ASA’s legal counsel has reviewed the Bylaws and offered the opinion that Council has the authority to interpret the present Bylaws as consistent with the proposed action. Hillsman noted that a number of other issues in the Bylaws required attention and that Executive Office staff would undertake a thorough review with Legal Counsel. It is likely that a series of Bylaws amendments will be proposed for addition to the 2003 ballot, including an amendment regarding the voting procedure.
One member suggested including a question on the upcoming dues renewal to ask members if they preferred voting electronically, giving us a sense of member preferences. There was no opposition to the proposal. Following discussion, the following was proposed and accepted:
Noting that current ASA Bylaws require distribution of election ballots by postal means, but do not specify a particular method for their return, Council voted unanimously that implementing electronic voting for ASA elections is consistent with the Bylaws. Under this system, in 2003 members will receive paper ballots by mail but will then have the option of casting their vote on the paper ballot or online at a secure site. Council also voted to submit to the membership the necessary changes to ASA Bylaws to permit Council to determine the best methods for future elections consistent with the principles of fair and secret balloting.
8. Annual Meeting Issues
Janet Astner, Director of Meetings Services, reported that the 2002 Annual Meeting had been a very positive meeting in terms of member feedback, attendance overall and at sessions, and hotel feedback. This year marked the first time that ASA has made a distinct effort to promote its extensive roster of educational seminars, workshops, and courses to ASA members. A special brochure was created and mailed to all members at the end of May. One goal of this promotional effort was to encourage members not to base attendance decisions solely on whether they are presenting a paper on the program, but also to consider attending the meeting to take advantage of the educational component. Registration for these seminars was very strong this year, with several seminars selling out completely. Initial feedback was very positive. The 2003 Program Committee will look at these workshops later this fall and will consider continuing this pattern.
Annual Meeting Fees
Secretary Kalleberg reported that EOB reviewed registration fees for the 2003 Annual Meeting and recommends to Council a $10 increase for general member and non-member registration fees. In addition, EOB recommends to Council small increases in fees for several categories of events and services.
Council voted unanimously to approve the following changes in 2003 Annual Meeting registration categories and fees: (1) increase by $10 the pre-registration fees for full member and non-member categories, (2) modest increases for events and services (as outlined in Table 4 of the written report and as outlined above), and (3) modification of the registration structure to include the new Secondary School Teacher category.
9. Committee on Sections
Lynn Smith-Lovin provided a report on the meetings of the Committee on Sections during the course of the Annual Meeting.
Update on Sections-in-Formation
Smith-Lovin reported that there are currently two sections-in-formation: (1) Animals and Society, and (2) Ethnomethodology and Conversational Analysis. Sections-in-formation are given two years in which to recruit at least 300 members before they can become full-fledged sections. Animals and Society has until September 30, 2002 to reach this number, and Ethnomethodology has until September 30, 2003 to reach this number. As of August 1, 2002, Animals and Society had recruited 239 members and Ethnomethodology had recruited 142 members. Members of Council agreed to follow existing guidelines regarding these sections, noting that if Animals and Society had not recruited at least 300 members by the deadline their status as a section-in-formation would cease and they would have to begin the process anew.
Smith-Loving indicated that for some time, the Committee on Sections has been considering options for handling sections that fall below the required minimum of 300 members. Recognizing the desire of relatively small groups of ASA members (i.e., fewer than 300) to meet regularly at annual meetings to discuss substantive issues of common interest, the committee asked Council to consider the formation of “interest groups”. Interest groups may not have enough people to constitute an official section, or necessarily want the organizational costs and benefits of full section status, but would like to have a session on the program at annual meetings, and perhaps a room to hold a business meeting.
Currently, the only way for such groups to have an official session is to become a section. Therefore, COS has seen a proliferation of requests to form sections, raising concerns about the possibility of “too many” in the Association that would be unlikely to achieve sustaining membership numbers. Some sections (especially some formed recently) have found it difficult to meet or maintain the membership of 300 people needed for continuing section status.
The Committee on Sections therefore asked Council to consider an alternative means for such groups to have opportunities for intellectual exchange at annual meetings operating as a full section. The committee asked Council to consider allowing the formation of “interest groups” with the following stipulations:
a. ASA members who wish to form an interest group must present to the Committee on Sections a petition with at least 100 signatures of bona fide ASA members. As part of the petition, organizers must draft a brief rationale for the interest group, and describe its anticipated activities.
b. Organizers must select a “convener” who will represent the interest group and serve as its sole contact for all ASA business.
c. Once the signatures have been certified, COS will consider the petition in a timely manner. Two criteria will govern the decision to grant “interest group” status: (i) The proposed substantive focus must be a legitimate and proper area of sociological inquiry; (ii) The proposed substantive focus must not overlap significantly with any existing section or interest group. COS may at some time also decide to limit the total number of interest groups.
d. If the petition is approved by COS, the interest group becomes an official ASA entity for subsequent annual meetings (the exact number of meetings is to be determined). To continue its existence for a longer duration, the interest group must provide a new petition with 100 bona fide signatures and an updated rationale. There is no limit to the number of times an interest group may renew itself.
e. An interest group will be entitled to one regular session at each annual meeting. The convener of an interest group will provide the ASA program committee with a title for its session, as well as the name of its organizer, and must conform to the schedule of deadlines for sessions organized by sections.
f. Apart from the conditions just discussed, the ASA will not provide any other services to interest groups (e.g., run elections, prepare and send newsletters, collect dues, prepare annual budgets, maintain website space and so forth).
g. Existing sections or sections-in-formation may choose instead to become an interest group, by following the above stipulations. Interest groups may become sections by satisfying established criteria.
Members of Council supported this concept in principle, noting that it creatively addressed long- standing problems with the current section structure, but raised several questions about its operations and consequences. First, is there some way to avoid the recurring petition mechanism outlined in item (d) of the proposal? Second, is it possible to place interest groups on the dues statement and assess a nominal charge for interest group membership?
Third, by the terms of this concept, there is a potential for a large number of interest group sessions, which would come out of the program committee’s allotment. Council expressed concern that this could crowd out the remainder of the program.
Finally, it was noted that sections have a detailed Sections Manual that defines what they are allowed to do and not do. Before interest groups can be recognized, a detailed set of policies and procedures will need to be developed.
Following an extensive discussion, Council voted to support the general idea of the Committee on Sections’ concept with several amendments. Council noted that many details will need to be addressed and analyzed by the Executive Office staff prior to implementation, including issues of charging a nominal fee, tracking members, and mechanisms for managing such information. Council agreed that the Committee on Sections needs to prepare a set of detailed rules and regulations for consideration at a future Council meeting.
Council voted to endorse the idea of the Committee on Sections for the establishment of interest groups with the following amendments: (1) in line 3 to delete the bracketed optional wording “or working groups”, (2) to change item (d) to read “If the petition is approved by the Committee on Sections, the interest group will be recognized for the subsequent 3 annual meetings. To continue its existence, the interest group must meet standards to be determined by the Committee on Sections.” (3) to insert at the end of item (d): “Whether there will be a dues charge will be determined by a subsequent action of Council, (4) to delete in item e use of the word “regular” and substitute the appropriate ASA meetings language (e.g., “session”), (5) to add to item (g): “Existing sections that fall below the approved minimum number of 300 members for 3 consecutive years would be automatically restructured as interest groups unless the Committee on Sections recommends that there are overwhelming reasons that the group remain a section. Council also voted that there will be a one year delay after implementation of interest groups before there will be any mandatory movement of sections to interest groups, and that the Committee on Sections will be charged with determining what rules and regulations must be assembled and provided. [12 in favor, 1 opposed]
Three-Year Moving Average
A suggestion was made during the annual session of the Committee on Sections with Section chairs that ASA to consider changing to a 3-year moving average system for determining section session and budget allocations. Executive Office staff will examine this proposal and run models to determine the financial and programmatic impact of this proposal and will report back to Council at its next meeting.
Free Section Membership for New Student Members
The Population Section has asked if it would be possible to give all new student members one section membership automatically in their first year of membership free of charge. Again, it was noted that there are financial and procedural implications of this proposal. In addition to the implication of sections and ASA losing the student section membership fees, there would be difficulty in the office determining the status of students. As with the item above, Council asked the Executive Office staff to examine this proposal and assess the implications of implementing the proposal as presented.
10. Executive Office Reports
Extensive written reports were provided to Council with updates on recent activities for each major programmatic area of the organization.
Academic and Professional Affairs Program
The Academic and Professional Affairs Program is focused on advancing the discipline through a number of ongoing efforts: the Preparing Future Faculty effort, collaboration with the MOST program, a series of annual meeting education efforts, and the NSF-funded project on undergraduate education.
Minority Affairs Program
A total of 39 MFP graduates were present at this annual meeting. A number of activities were planned for those graduates, including an all-day orientation for the new MFP Fellows at the start of the meeting. Plans for the upcoming academic year were reviewed.
A member of Council suggested that the name of the Minority Fellowship Program be changed to the Minority Scholars Program. There was agreement, however, that we must review the details of the NIMH grant that supports the program, which may dictate the name of the program. In addition, it was suggested that we solicit input from MFP graduates about such a name change. Council asked Executive Office staff to investigate these issues and report back at its next meeting.
Research Program on the Discipline and the Profession
The Research Program on the Discipline and the Profession is actively engaged in numerous efforts, including a departmental survey, a PhD cohort survey, and an analysis of the 2002 membership. Plans for the remainder of 2002 were reviewed.
Spivack Program on Applied Social Research and Social Policy
The Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy is directed to advancing the uses and contributions of sociology to social policy. Activities during 2002 were reviewed, including the Congressional Fellowship, Congressional Seminars, professional workshops, and the community action research program.
Public Information Program
Council was briefed on media inquiries that the ASA Public Information Office has handled over the last six months, as well as other activities of the office including press releases, Footnotes, promotion of ASA publications and activities, promotion of the new journal Contexts, and development of tools and strategies for public information.
Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline
The Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline is designed to nurture the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, groundbreaking research initiatives and other important scientific research efforts. Nine grants were awarded in the winter round of reviews. A FAD funding workshop was organized for this annual meeting.
11. Committee Appointments
A key activity of the August meeting of the new Council is to review recommendations for appointment to committees. These recommendations come from several sources.
Nominations from the President
President Bielby presented recommendations for the appointment of ASA members to be representatives to outside, non-ASA groups (e.g., representatives to AAAS).
Council approved recommendations from President Bielby for appointments of ASA members to serve as representatives to outside organizations.
Nominations from the Secretary
Secretary Kalleberg reported that the Executive Office and Budget Committee is composed of the secretary (who functions as chair), the current president, the immediate past president, and the incoming president, and 3 at-large members who each serve a 3 year at-large term. Each year the secretary presents a ranked list of candidates for one of the three at-large positions. Important skills for service on this committee include administrative experience, and knowledge of budgeting. Kalleberg presented five names in ranked order for service on EOB. Members of Council reviewed and accepted the list as presented.
Council voted unanimously to approve the ranked recommendations of the Secretary for appointment to the opening on the Executive Office and Budget committee.
Nominations from the Executive Officer
In addition to the committees established by the Bylaws and the award selection committees and task forces, there are several committees that serve in an advisory capacity to the Executive Office. Executive Officer Hillsman presented ranked lists of candidates for appointment to these advisory committees. Members of Council reviewed the candidates for the various advisory committees and accepted the lists as presented.
It was noted that while several different committees or individuals are preparing lists of people for possible service on committees, it is important to monitor the lists to ensure that specific members do not receive multiple appointments. Because there are far more members than committee openings, it is desirable to have as many members as possible participate. While Council did not want to make this a binding rule, they did suggest that, as much as possible, each member should hold only one appointment. Council seeks nomination of good, qualified people without significant overlap.
Council voted unanimously to approve the ranked recommendations of the Executive Officer for appointments to the ASA Advisory Committees.
Nominations from the Committee on Committees
Following a hiatus, the Committee on Committees has been reinstated by action of the membership. The newly reconstituted committee met for a full day to develop a slate of candidates for appointment to ASA components. Council carefully reviewed the ranked slates of candidates for each committee.
Council made one amendment and then voted to approve the ranked recommendations of the Committee on Committees for appointments to ASA components.[1 opposed]
12. Report from the Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Persons in Sociology
Roberta Spalter-Roth reported that over the course of the last three years, this Committee has been developing a review of major aspects of the professional experience of LGBT people in the discipline. The results of that review have been compiled into an 85-page report which was distributed to members of Council. The report’s Executive Summary provided an overview of the report, an overview of the research findings, directions for future research, and 6 specific recommendations. Spalter-Roth reported that the committee would like to work on the structures needed to implement the report’s recommendations.
Members of Council expressed their appreciation to the committee for this effort. Noting that this item came up late on the agenda after several members had already left the meeting, it was proposed that Council accept this report with thanks and that the recommendations be reviewed more thoroughly at the next Council meeting.
Council voted to accept the report of the committee with thanks to the members for their hard work. Council indicated a commitment to carefully review the recommendations contained in the committee’s report at the next Council meeting.
It was agreed that recommendation 5 could move forward now, rather than wait six months for the next Council meeting.
Council agreed that the chair of the LGBT committee should communicate their recommendation to the Contemporary Sociology editors immediately rather than wait 6 months for the next Council meeting.
13. Proposal for a Task Force on Assessment of the Major
ASA member Jon Lorence proposed the formation of a new task force to address student learning. Specifically, Lorence was concerned about the issue of standardized testing. Many states are requiring state universities to conduct outcome assessments for every major. Private institutions are also moving increasingly in the direction of requiring such standardized testing.
Lorence argued that an ASA nationally normed test could be administered to graduating seniors as part of a sociology department’s effectiveness evaluation. ASA members have previously been involved with development of tests such as the Graduate Record Examination in sociology (which is no longer offered).
Carla Howery, ASA Deputy Executive Director, offered a modification to this proposal suggesing that a task force entitled “Task Force on the Assessment of the Undergraduate Sociology Major” be created with a somewhat broader mission to:
Describe the “landscape” of undergraduate assessment as it pertains to sociology;
Identify promising practices in sociology departments, including exams, portfolios, assessment imbedded in courses, and so forth;
Explore the possibility of and pluses and minuses of a standardized exam and what role, if any, ASA might play in its preparation and update over time; and,
Suggest means to help departments consider these options and learn more about them, including proposals for relevant events at the annual meeting.
Council carefully reviewed the background and details of such a task force and a national standardized test. Caution was urged by many members, including a concern about the amount of time, work, and sophistication required to develop and administer such a test. Following an extensive discussion, it was agreed that a decision on this proposal was premature.
Council voted to table this proposal until the final report of the Task Force on the Implications of Assessment of Faculty Productivity and Teaching Effectiveness is received so that Council can determine if that task force adequately covered the issues proposed for this new task force.
14. 2002 Budget Review and Analysis
Members of Council received financial statements for January through May 2002 as well as projections of revenue and expenses through the end of fiscal year 2002. Data from actual 2001 performance was also provided for comparison purposes.
Secretary Kalleberg reported that the approved 2002 operating budget included a deficit of $1,159 (excluding losses on the Association’s long-term investments). However, based on financial data through the end of May, EOB was currently projecting a deficit of approximately $231,000 (excluding losses on investments). A portion of this operating deficit is attributable to lower than projected revenues and a slight increase in transition year expenses over what was originally budgeted.
Kalleberg reminded Council that projections are always tricky, especially when major activities such as the annual meeting, occurred in the latter half of the year. EOB will closely monitor the financial picture as it develops during the remainder of the year and will construct a 2003 budget for presentation at the next meeting of Council.
15. Follow-up Business
Business Meeting Resolutions
The Annual Business Meeting of the American Sociological Association was held on Monday morning, August 19, 2002 during the Annual Meeting. Reports were presented by the ASA President, President-Elect, and Executive Officer. In addition, members were invited to present issues of concern for discussion and forwarding to Council. Members in attendances voted to send three resolutions to Council: (1) a “bill of rights” for researchers in relation to Institutional Review Boards (IRBs); (2) an amicus brief in the University of Michigan Law School affirmative action case, Grutter v. Bollinger; and (3) support for Hilton Chicago hotel workers in their negotiations for a new contract.
ASA member Harry Perlstadt of Michigan State University and Jack Katz of UCLA requested Council’s endorsement of a “Researcher’s Bill of Rights” including:
The right to be told of the waiver to documented informed consent provisions contained in 45 CFR46 and have the waivers considered precedental;
The right to use data collected by state agencies under human subjects provisions governing those agencies under IRB standards no higher than state law;
The right to apply federal regulatory criteria that exempt research from IRB review without IRB review of the exemption;
The same rights to associate with and observe people, ask questions, and publish the information they acquire as does any person whose rights of assembly, inquiry, and publication are protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution unless the receipt of funding for research specifically requires prior review and approval of research procedures; and
The right to fair and uniform procedures and to due process.
Members of Council reviewed the resolution and discussed possible next steps. There was general agreement that IRB reviews can be challenging to field workers, but there was also agreement that steps were already being taken to address many of the issues raised by the resolution. There was also agreement that posing researchers’ rights against the rights of human participants in research would be counter-productive.
Following discussion, Council agreed that there is widespread concern about problems with IRB’s review of social science research, but that the way to address those issues was to improve existing processes rather than seek emancipation from it as outlined in the proposal.
Council voted unanimously to reaffirm its commitment to the association’s strong leadership role and efforts to improve the human research protection system and its operation. Council appreciates the need for federal rules for the protection of human subjects. Council urged the Executive Office, along with the Committee on Professional Ethics, to consider specific issues that may need to be addressed at the national and local levels to ensure the advancement of research in accordance with best ethical practices. Council further commends the Executive Officer to work with HHS’ National Human Research Protection Advisory Committee as well as other scientific societies and related organizations to further this goal.
Amicus Curiae Brief
Grutter v. Bollinger is an affirmative action case involving the University of Michigan Law School. This case is likely to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2003 term. It was suggested that this case could have considerable ramifications for the future of race and gender in admissions procedures for professional education. A resolution passed by a business meeting requesting that the American Sociological Association apply the weight of sociological research to the legal argument by writing an amicus curiae brief for the Supreme Court in this case. Specifically, it was proposed that ASA:
Contribute to Grutter v. Bollinger with an amicus curiae brief that provides relevant sociological data and research that supports the student intervenors’ case for affirmative action.
Endorse and help build the march on the U.S. Supreme Court on the date of the hearing in Grutter v. Bollinger.
Council supported the general concept of an amicus brief but expressed concern about the lack of detailed information on the case and the specific scientific data to be assembled. There was also agreement that amicus briefs can be expensive to prepare and that any brief must have a solid scientific foundation.
Council voted to affirm the value of sociological knowledge for court decisions regarding matters such as this. In accordance with existing Council policy on making decisions, such as this, Council established a subcommittee to explore whether other scientific societies are taking action in the case, to consult with the University of Michigan, to explore funding sources and to report back to Council via electronic communication for a final vote. Council sub-committee members include: Reskin, Bielby, Burawoy, Kalleberg, Hillsman, with consultation from Craig Calhoun regarding foundation activity.
Following the Council meeting, the Council sub-committee quickly organized to learn more about the case of Grutter v. Bollinger. The sub-committee learned that the attorneys for the student intervenors had not approached any other scholarly association, although they are considering approaching the AERA. The attorneys reported that what they needed was a substantive review; legal professionals will be available to integrate that review into a legal document. The sub-committee found that the ASA should not incur legal expenses associated with drafting the document.
Therefore, the sub-committee recommended that Council authorize an ASA amicus brief that summarized sound sociological research that addresses the need for affirmative action in legal education. This action, they felt, was consistent with other ASA initiatives, including the project synthesizing sociological research on race, and the Association’s recent policy statement on race.
The sub-committee proposed a drafting structure modeled after National Research Council committees, in which experts agree on the terrain the amicus brief should cover and then draft sections within their expertise. The sub-committee reported that Barbara Reskin was willing to chair that group and to orchestrate and write drafts of the entire document.
The preceding information was provided to members of Council in a memo from President Bielby, along with the recommendation of the sub-committee. Council members voted overwhelmingly in favor (16 in favor, 1 abstention) of proceeding with preparation of an amicus brief in the case of Grutter v. Bollinger
Hilton Hotel Employees
Several ASA members brought to the attention of the membership that workers at the Palmer House Hilton and the Hilton Chicago, a majority of whom are women and people of color, were in negotiations with the Hilton Corporation for a wage and benefits increase. The workers, through their union, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE) Local 1, had voted 98% in favor of a strike starting August 31st. It was reported that more than 500 ASA meeting attendees had signed a statement in support of the workers. The Business Meeting passed a resolution to urge Council to formally support the hotel workers in their quest for increased compensation.
Council voted unanimously to direct the Executive Officer to send a letter to the Hilton leadership and the leaders of HERE Local 1 indicating ASA’s support for improving the compensation of the hotel employees in the current labor dispute.
Selection of Dates for Mid-Year Council Meeting
The winter EOB meeting will be January 11-12, 2003. Based on this, Council members considered options for the next Council meeting for early 2003. Members agreed to meete on February 1st and 2nd, with some members arriving on Friday, January 31st for other meetings (e.g., FAD). The Executive Officer was asked to investigate the possibility of holding the meeting on the west coast.
It was suggested that Council meetings be scheduled farther in advance to avoid conflicts for individual Council members. Possibly as soon as the election results are known one of the first acts of the new President-Elect would be to set meeting dates for mid-year Council meetings.
With no further business for consideration at this meeting, President Bielby adjourned the meeting at 4:03 pm.
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