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1999 Annual Meeting in Chicago
 
Lively Annual Meeting in Sociology’s Kind of Town

The 94th Annual Meeting in Chicago—centered on the theme “Transitions in World Society at Century’s End”—lived up to its billing. Sunny days, street fairs, a glistening Lake Michigan, great eating and music, and the ubiquitous cow art made Chicago a perfect place for sociologists to work and socialize. Over 5200 people attended and participated in the meeting. The local Chicago sociologists did an excellent job in preparing Footnotes articles, a restaurant guide, and very special tours of the city.

ASA President Alejandro Portes and the Program Committee crafted three important Plenaries, special sessions, and hundreds of opportunities for sociologists to share their work. Census Director Kenneth Prewitt led a lively town meeting on the challenges of Census 2000. Sociologists’ skills were honed in teaching, academic, and professional workshops and in didactic seminars. The Student Forum made its organizational debut offering sessions and networking opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. And the Honors Program included over fifty top-flight sociology students who brought the tireless energy needed to navigate a convention.

 
  
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5 new task forces appointed
  ASA Council Appoints Five Task Forces

ASA Council appointed five Task Forces to address important issues of the profession. Council slated these Task Forces drawing primarily from ASA member volunteers. Each Task Force held an initial organizing meeting during the ASA Annual Meeting. As part of an effort to restructure ASA governance, Council established a system of task forces to address issues in a more flexible, timely, and focused manner.

In the first round of the task force “model,” Council identified five Task Forces to work on key topics suggested by the membership. The Task Forces, their charges, and their composition are listed in this article.

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  ASA Annual Meeting Over the Newswire

Wandering among the sociologists at this year’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, you may have noticed the occasional, somewhat disoriented looking individual wearing a crimson ribbon on his or her nametag. These were members of the press, probably working out the logistics of how to cover so many sessions simultaneously.

This year’s meeting did, in fact, receive quite a bit of media attention. We had stories on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and CNN, as well as the local Chicago news. CBS and ABC Radio both featured stories on studies released at the Meeting.

 
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