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Activist Scholarship and Public Sociology

As part of the centennial celebration this year, six special sessions on activist scholarship and public sociology are being co-sponsored by the American Sociological Association (ASA), the Association for Black Sociologists (ABS), the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), and the merged Society for Applied Sociology (SAS) and the Sociological Practice Association (SPA)—now known as the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS). All sociologists are welcome to attend these joint sessions!

Attacks on Academic Freedom
Friday, August 12, 4:30-6:10 pm
Lead Sponsor:
Society for the Study of Social Problems
Organizer and Presider: Sherryl Kleinman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

What is Academic Freedom? Michael Schwalbe, North Carolina State    University
Contested Meanings of Academic Freedom and Diversity. Melanie Bush,    Brooklyn College
Malign Neglect: A University’s (Non)Response to Heterosexism. Elyse Crystall,    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Academic Realpolitik: The Case of the University of California Institute for    Labor and Employment. Ruth Milkman, University of California, Los Angeles

The Battle over Social Security’s Future
Saturday, August 13, 10:30am-12:10 pm
Lead Sponsor:
American Sociological Association
Organizer and Presider: Fred Block, University of California, Davis
Presenters: Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Kilolo Kijakazi, Economic Development Unit, Ford Foundation
Jeff Manza, Northwestern University
John Myles, University of Toronto

Comparative Perspectives on the Rightward Turn in US Politics
Saturday, August 13, 12:30-2:15 pm
Lead Sponsor:
American Sociological Association
Organizer and Presider: Troy Duster, President, ASA
Panel: Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres, authors of The Miner’s Canary
Dan T. Carter, Historian, author, From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich:    Race in the Conservative Counter-Revolution
Thomas Frank, author, What’s the Matter with Kansas

Gender and Race Based Data: The Case of BLS Data
Saturday, August 13, 2:30-4:10pm
Lead Sponsor:
Sociologists for Women in Society
Organizer and Presider: Nancy A. Naples, University of Connecticut
Presenters: Philip N. Cohen, University of California, Irvine
Paula England, Stanford University
Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Voting Rights
Date and Time to be announced
Lead Sponsor:
Association of Black Sociologists
Panel to be announced

How Did You Do That? Examples of Doing Applied Sociology
Date and Time to be announced
Lead Sponsor:
SAS/SPA/AACS
Organizer and Presider: Jammie Price
Panel: Johnnie D. Spraggins, Our Lady of the Lake University
Arthur B. Shostak, Drexel University
Eleanor Lyon, University of Connecticut
Steve Steele, Anne Arundel Community College
Jay Weinstein, Eastern Michigan University
Suzanne Maurer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
John Glass, Colin County Community College