Herbert J. Gans gave the commencement address to the School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania in June. The university was mistakenly omitted in the announcement in the July/August Footnotes.
Call for Papers
Arkansas Undergraduate Sociology and Anthropology Symposium, 25th Annual Meeting, March 19, 2004, Hendrix College, Conway, AR. Student presentations with a keynote address “Creating Humanized Spaces for People Through Architecture: A Social Psychological Viewpoint” by Anna Szafranek of the Technical University of Lublin, Poland. E-mail abstracts by March 8, 2004, to: James R. Bruce, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway, AR 72032; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawai’i Sociological Association 25th Annual Conference, February 14, 2004, Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu, Hawai’i. Send (e-mail submissions are encouraged) title and one-page abstract by December 1, 2003, to: Michael Hallstone, Division of Professional Studies, University of Hawaii-West O’ahu, 96-129 Ala Ike, Pearl City, HI 96782; (808) 454-4709; fax (808) 453-6176; e-mail email@example.com.
Journal of Baseball History & Culture 11th Annual Spring Training Conference, March 11-14, 2004, Tucson, AZ. Theme: “The Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball.” Keynote Speaker: Eliot Asinof, author of Eight Men Out. Original unpublished papers are invited that study
all aspects of baseball with a particular
emphasis on history and social implications. Abstracts only, not to exceed two pages, should be submitted by December 1, 2003, to: NINE Spring Training Conference, #444, 11044 - 82 Ave. Edmonton,
AB T6G 0T2, Canada. www.ninejournalofbaseball.com.
National Women’s Studies Association 25th Annual Conference, June 17-20, 2004, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Milwaukee, WI. Theme: “Women in the Middle: Borders, Barriers, Intersections.” Proposals may be submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail. All proposals must be postmarked no later than midnight Sunday, November 9, 2003. If you are submitting more than one proposal, please make a photocopy of the proposal cover sheet for each proposal. Contact: NWSA 2004 Conference, Center for Women’s Studies, Bolton Hall 735, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201; fax (414) 229-6855; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission form is available at www.uwm.edu/Dept/CWS/nwsa/.
Oral History Association 2004 Annual Meeting, September 29-October 3, 2004, Portland, OR. Theme: “Telling Stories: Narratives of Our Own Times.” We invite proposals that examine narratives that are meaningful at local, regional, national and international levels. Proposals must be postmarked by January 15, 2004. Contact Program Co-Chair: Lu Ann Jones, Department of History, Brewster A-315, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858; (252) 328-1025; e-mail email@example.com. www.dickinson.edu/oha.
The Program on Comparative Economic Development (PCED), Cornell University, International Conference, May 7-9, 2004. Theme: “75 Years of Development Research.” The PCED encourages the submission of papers on diverse topics and using diverse methods, as long as they have a bearing on development and the well-being of poor nations. Completed papers or long abstracts may be submitted by January 31, 2004, and preferably earlier. Contact: Dan Wszolek, Department of Economics, Uris Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853; fax (607) 255-2818; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For updates and more detailed information see www.arts.cornell.edu/econ/75years.htm.
American Sexuality magazine is seeking articles on sexuality health, education, and rights in the United States. American Sexuality is an on-line magazine published by San Francisco State University’s National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC). Newly established scholars and graduate students, as well as senior faculty are encouraged to submit brief proposals (200 words) for articles concerning sexual health, sexual education, sexual rights and/or sexual communities and cultures in the U.S. Publishing in American Sexuality is a unique opportunity to disseminate scholarly research in a widely read, internationally accessible medium aimed at informing academics, the general public and community-based advocates on the critical gaps in sexuality research and policy. The published article will be 1000-1500 words and written in a style accessible to non-academic audiences. Further instructions at nsrc.sfsu.edu. Contact the Editor, Cymene Howe, at (415) 437-1472; e-mail email@example.com.
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, Call for Papers and Reviewers for a special issue: “Children and Global, Commercial Culture.” Special emphasis on non-Western childhoods. Dan Cook, University of Illinois, Guest Editor. Deadline: April 15, 2004. Contact Dan Cook (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit: www.comm.uiuc.edu/Advertising/.
Communication Review. With the goal of exploring new, disciplined approaches to communication studies, the Communication Review seeks a synthesis of concerns traditional to the field of communication and humanities scholarship and is interested in a variety of theoretical challenges to, and perspectives on, orthodox categories in our field. We invite submissions employing critical theoretical, historical, and other empirical approaches to a range of topics under the general rubric of communication research. Contact: The Communication Review, Institute of Communication Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 228 Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright St., Urbana, IL 61801.
Critical Thinking in the Sociology Classroom. Call for syllabi and instructional materials for a new ASA handbook on using critical thinking in the classroom. Critical thinking is broadly defined as “intellectually disciplined thinking” within a field of study. Please send the following submissions for consideration: syllabi that reflect critical thinking; classroom exercises that promote critical thinking; assignments and projects that develop and demonstrate critical thinking among students; evaluation and assessment instruments that measure critical thinking in any course. Also considered will be bibliographic entries, guides, videos, and resources on using critical thinking in the sociological classroom. Materials will be selected using the following criteria: clarity, relevance, depth, breadth and precision. Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2003. Please forward a hard copy and a disk with MS Word file to: Agnes Caldwell, Department of Sociology, 110 South Madison, North Hall, Adrian, MI 49221; (517) 264-3963. E-mail submissions to email@example.com.
Global Crime. With a new name, focus, and editorial team, the journal will build upon the foundations laid by Transnational Organized Crime to consider serious and organized crime, from its origins to the present. The journal will continue to be published by Frank Cass and will appear three times a year, starting in spring 2004. Articles and queries about submissions should be sent to the Editor: Mark Galeotti, Global Crime, School of History, Keele University, Staffs. ST5 5BG, UK; e-mail Global.Crime@keele.ac.uk. We prefer articles to be submitted electronically in MS Word. See www.frankcass.com/jnls/gc.htm for further information.
History of Intellectual Culture is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that publishes research papers, forum pieces, and book and essay reviews on the socio-historical contexts of ideas and ideologies and their relationships to community and state formation, physical environments, human and institutional agency, and personal and collective identity and lived experience. The journal highlights the viability and vibrancy of intellectual history as a scholarly field, presents new perspectives for research and analysis, and stimulates critical discussion among scholars and students across disciplines. History of Intellectual Culture is published by the University
of Calgary Press. For further information visit the journal website at www.ucalgary.ca/hic/. Editors: Paul Stortz firstname.lastname@example.org; and E. Lisa Panayotidis email@example.com.
Internationalizing Sociology in the Age of Globalization. ASA Syllabus Set revision, Call for syllabi and related materials. A revision of the ASA syllabi set is in progress. The editors are Kamini Maraj Grahame (Penn State University-Harrisburg), Peter Grahame (Mount Saint Mary’s College), and Martin Malone (Mount Saint Mary’s College). We are looking for materials for inclusion in the new edition. In particular, we invite syllabi on internationalizing sociology, globalization processes, and global studies with a sociological focus. We are interested in both general processes of internationalization and globalization, as well as more specific topics such as the global environment. In addition to syllabi, assignments, lists of films, and other supplementary materials are also of interest. All materials should be submitted on disk or in electronic form; paper copies are encouraged as well. We cannot return submitted materials. Deadline for contributions is December 10, 2003. Syllabi, sample assignments, and supplementary materials should be sent to: Kamini Maraj Grahame, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057. Inquiries regarding contributions can be e-mailed to Grahame at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journal of GLBT Family Studies, will cover the sociology of families and family life from the perspective of affirmative research on gay parents, gay children, lesbian motherhood, gay adoption, alternative relationships. The Editor, Jerry Bigner, is an international authority in the field of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues
in family relations. Contact: Jerrry Bigner, Department of Human Development
and Family Studies, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80253; (970) 491-5640; fax (970) 491-7975; e-mail email@example.com.
Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Call for Papers on the theme: “Can the Market Be Moral?” Deadline for submissions: January 1, 2004. Contact: JIS Editor, IIR, 1065 Pine Bluff Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107.
The Journal of Poverty is a refereed journal designed to provide an outlet for discourse on poverty and inequality. Articles guided by conceptual analyses involving quantitative and qualitative methods are encouraged. The intent is to produce and disseminate information on poverty and social, political, and economic inequalities and to offer a means by which nontraditional strategies for change might be considered. Submissions should reflect the mission of the Journal. Authors should submit five copies of the manuscript to: Keith Kilty and Liz Segal, Journal of Poverty,
PO Box 3613, Columbus, OH 43210-3613; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.journalofpoverty.org.
Journal of Sociology, Journal of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). Special issue theme: “Fear and Loathing in the New Century.” The Journal of Sociology invites submissions. Papers may be empirically or theoretically oriented, and may deal with fear or loathing or both. Submissions should be sent by February 2, 2004, to: The Editors, Journal of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA 5001, AUSTRALIA.
Research in the Sociology of Health Care. Papers are being sought for volume 22. The major theme for this volume is: “Chronic Care, Health Care Systems, and Services Integration.” Papers dealing with macro-level system issues and micro-level issues involving ways to provide chronic and long-term care and meet health care needs of people both in the U.S. and in other countries are welcome. The volume will contain 10 to 14 papers, generally between 20 and 40 pages in length. Send completed manuscripts or detailed outlines for review by February 15, 2004. Contact: Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, Department
of Sociology, Box 872101, Arizona State
University, Tempe, AZ 85287-2101; (480) 965-8053; (480) 965-0064; e-mail Jennie.Kronenfeld@asu.edu.
The Social Organisation of Healthcare Work. Proposals are invited for the eleventh monograph in the series published by Sociology of Health and Illness, in conjunction with Blackwell Publishers, in 2005. The monograph aims to build on the strong tradition of studies of health care organisation in medical sociology and develop further the links with the sociology of the professions, health policy, and division of labour; organisational sociology, health services management; language and communication studies and studies of technically mediated collaborative work. Send proposals to: Davina Allen, Nursing, Health and Social Care Research Centre, East Gate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB, United Kingdom, by November 28, 2003. E-mail submissions are encouraged (email@example.com). The monograph will appear both as a regular issue of the journal and in book form. All proposals will be reviewed and notifications of the outcome will be given by January 16, 2004. Those invited to contribute to the monograph will be asked to submit articles of between 6,000-7,000 words by June 30, 2004.
Sociology of Sport Journal, Special Issue theme: “Whiteness and Sport.” Guest Editor: Mary G. McDonald. Submissions of empirical and theoretical work are welcome from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary viewpoints including but not limited to sociology, cultural studies, ethnic studies, gender studies, history and anthropology. Submissions must conform to the editorial guidelines identified in the Sociology of Sport Journal’s Instructions for Contributors and will be subject to the usual review process. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2004. The issue will appear in Volume 22, published in 2005. Contact: Mary G. McDonald, Miami University, 204C Phillips Hall, Oxford, OH 45056, (513) 529-2724; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Studies in Crime and Punishment, an editorial series published by Peter Lang Publishing, welcomes short manuscripts and book proposals. Completed manuscripts will be between 100-150 pages and be directed toward undergraduate use in criminology and sociology classes. Topics being solicited include: racial profiling, domestic violence and the law, drunk driving and the law, police brutality, sexual violence, victimless crimes, forensics and the law, juvenile justice, white-collar crime, crime and popular culture. For more information, contact the Editors: (1) Christina DeJong, School of Criminal Justice, 560 Baker Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1118; (517) 432-1998; fax (517) 432-1787; e-mail email@example.com; or (2) David Schultz, Hamline University, Graduate School of Public Administration and Management, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-A1710, St. Paul, MN 55104; (651) 523-2858; fax (651) 523-3098; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching About Families. Have creative ideas about how to teach about families? Then please consider submitting them! Teaching About Families, an ASA syllabi collection, is seeking contributions for its next edition. We are interested in innovative syllabi, useful classroom exercises, service learning/experiential learning components of classes, and annotations about books or films that you have found useful. The deadline for submissions is November 21, 2003. Potential contributors should send a hard copy of their work as well as a disk (clearly labeled), using either Word or WordPerfect. Send contributions to: The Family Teaching Project, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31698-0060. Questions? Feel free to e-mail any of the editors: Ginger Macheski (email@example.com), Kathe Lowney (firstname.lastname@example.org), Michael Capece (email@example.com), Kate Warner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Martha Laughlin (email@example.com).
September 23-26, 2003, 6th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Murcia, Spain. For more information visit the conference website at www.um.es/ESA/ or the ESA website at www.valt.helsinki.fi/esa/index.htm.
October 8-12, 2003, Oral History Association 37th Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD. Theme: “Creating Communities: Cultures, Neighborhoods, Institutions.” Contact: Oral History Association, Dickinson College, PO Box 1773, Carlisle, PA 17103-2896; (717) 245-1036; fax (717) 245-1046; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org www.dickinson.edu/oha.
October 16-19, 2003, 21st Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Sociology, New Orleans, LA, at the Lakeside Double Tree New Orleans Hotel in Metairie, LA. Theme: “Sociological Know-How: Back to Our Applied Roots.” Individuals with backgrounds in the social and behavioral sciences, related fields, and disciplines who share an interest in applying knowledge to solving social problems are invited to participate. Contact: Paul T. Melevin, 2003 Program Chair, Customer Survey Services Unit, Audit and Evaluation Division, Employment Development Department, 800 Capitol Mall, MIC 78, Sacramento, CA 95814-4807; (916) 487-6990; fax (916) 653-7171; e-mail email@example.com. Visit www.appliedsoc.org.
October 24-25, 2003, Pennsylvania Sociological Association 53rd Annual Conference,
California University of Pennsylvania,
California, PA. Theme: ”Meeting Pennsylvania’s Community Challenges: Local Initiatives-Global Challenges.” For more information view website at www.cup.edu/liberalarts/sociology/pss or contact Elizabeth Jones at Jones_EA@cup.edu or (703) 938-5723.
October 30, 2003, The Sociological Imagination: Past, Present, and Future, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. This symposium considers change in the discipline of sociology, especially the sociological imagination. Keynote speaker: Craig Calhoun, Director of the Social Science Research
Council and Professor of Sociology at
New York University. Contact: Phyllis Hunt, Sociology, Stone Hall, Purdue University, 700 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059; (765) 494-4666; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 1, 2003, Michigan Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Theme: “Social Action: Using Sociology
to Change the World.” For more information e-mail email@example.com. users.tm.net/aghill/msa/msa03-1.html.
November 8, 2003, New England Sociological Association 2003 Fall Conference, Bryant College, Smithfield, RI. Visit our web site at web.bryant.edu/~nesa. Click on the link to the 2003 Fall Conference for
detailed information. Contact: Fall Conference Organizer Kesha Moore: firstname.lastname@example.org; NESA President Yvonne Burgess: yvonne.burgess@
merrimack.edu; the NESA Business Office: email@example.com.
November 16-18, 2003, International Conference on Civic Education Research, New Orleans, LA. Contact: Center for the Study of Participation and Citizenship, 1100 E. Seventh St., Woodburn Hall #210, Bloomington, IN 47405; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.indiana.edu/~civiced/.
January 2-10, 2004, International Workshop and Conference of Transnational Risks and Civil Society, Berlin, Germany. Contact: Irmgard Coninx Stiftung, c/o Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung, Reichpietschufer 50,
D-10785 Berlin, Germany; Fax: + 49 30 25491 684; e-mail email@example.com
January 12-13, 2004, NIDDK Conference, Bethesda, MD. Theme: “From Clinical Trials to Community: The Science of Translating Diabetes and Obesity Research.” Contact Sanford Garfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 29-February 1, 2004, Sociologists for Women in Society 2004 Winter Meeting, Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, NM. Theme: “Women’s Rights, Globalization, and Feminist Praxis.” Contact: Nancy A. Naples, Sociology and Women’s Studies, 344 Manchester Road, Unit 2068, Storrs, CT 06269-2068; (860) 486-3049; fax (860) 486-6356; e-mail Nancy.Naples@uconn.edu.
March 22-24, 2004, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of York, UK. Theme: “Sociological Challenges: Conflict, Anxiety and Discontent.” If you are a member of the American
Sociological Association you can register
at the BSA Annual Conference at the
BSA member’s registration rate. Further details from e-mail Conference2004@britsoc.org.uk. www.britsoc.co.uk/AnnualConference2004.
March 31-April 4, 2004, Society for Applied Anthropology 64th Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX. More information at www.sfaa.net/am.html.
April 9-11, 2004, African American Studies International Conference, Boston University, Boston, MA. Theme: “Race, Nation, and Ethnicity in the Afro-Asian Century.” Contact: Ronald K. Richardson, Director, African American Studies, Boston University, 138 Mountfort Street, Brookline, MA 02446.
June 5-23, 2004, Erasmus Institute Summer Seminars, University of Portland, Oregon. See our website www.nd.edu/~erasmus.
July 10-12, 2004, 2004 Conference for Carnegie Doctoral/Research Intensive Institutions, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Theme: “Mission, Values and Identity.” Visit www.illinoisstate.edu/carnegie/. E-mail us at email@example.com.
October 14-16, 2004, Humboldt 2004 Bicentennial Conference, The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Theme: “Alexander von Humboldt: From the Americas to the Cosmos.” In commemoration of a visit from Alexander von Humboldt to the United States in 1804 at the invitation of President Thomas Jefferson, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York will host an interdisciplinary conference devoted to Humboldt and his legacy. Contact: Program Committee, Humboldt Conference, c/o the Bildner Center, The Graduate Center-CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5209, New York, NY 10016-4309; fax (212) 817-1540; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.humboldtconference.org.
October 21-23, 2004, 26th Annual North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University. Theme: “Class, Work and Revolution.” Contact: Janine Lanza, Coordinator, North American Labor History Conference, Department of History, 3094 Faculty Administration Building, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202; (313) 577-2525; fax (313) 577-6987; e-mail email@example.com.
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Visiting Scholars Program, 2004-2005, Post-Doctoral and Junior Faculty Fellowships. Postmark Deadline: October 31, 2003. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences invites applications for research projects related to its major program areas: Humanities and Culture, Social Policy and American Institutions, Education, and Science and Global Security (see program descriptions at www.amacad.org). The American Academy will soon mark its 225th Anniversary, it would also welcome proposals on topics that examine the impact of scientific and technological advances in the past two centuries on, for example, American institutions, social movements, and cultural change, humanities and culture in America, and American foreign policy and global security. Visiting Scholars will participate in conferences, seminars, and events at the Academy while advancing their independent research. Terms of Award: $35,000 stipend for post-doctoral scholars; up to $50,000 for junior faculty. For details, contact: The Visiting Scholars Program, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 136 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-1996; (617) 576-5014; fax (617) 576-5050; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Application information is available on the Academy’s website at www.amacad.org.
American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS). AIYS expects to award pre- and post-doctoral fellowships under a variety of programs, subject to renewal of funding by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The annual deadline is December 31. ECA-supported fellowships for U.S.-based
scholars may only be held by U.S. citizens. Contact: Maria Ellis, Executive Director, AIYS, PO Box 311, Ardmore, PA 19003-0311; (610) 896-5412; fax (610) 896-9049; e-mail email@example.com. www.aiys.org/fellowships.
The American Association of University Women www.aauw.org/ is accepting applications for fellowships to support women in completing a dissertation or conducting postdoctoral research. Deadline for applications: November 15. Amount of individual awards: $20,000 for dissertation research, $30,000 for postdoctoral research. www.aauw.org/3000/fdnfelgra/american.html.
The American Research Institute in Turkey announces the 2004-2005 ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey. ARIT Fellowships are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences. Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral
fellowships may be held for various terms, from two to three months up to terms
of a year. Stipends range from $4,000
to $16,000. Deadline for applications: November 15, 2003. Contact: American Research Institute in Turkey, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324; (215) 898-3474; fax (215) 898-0657. Website: ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT.
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2004-2005 at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Humanities, an institute devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. The stipend is $40,000. For information on criteria for eligibility, the application procedure, and the Center’s themes for 2004-2005, send an e-mail to Susan Ferris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications must be received by November 14, 2003.
The Aspen Institute Nonprofit Sector Research Fund (NSRF) announces grants to support doctoral dissertation research focused on the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, including hospitals, universities, human service agencies, arts organizations, advocacy groups, and other tax-
exempt entities. Studies may focus on
philanthropic and nonprofit activities in the U.S. or other countries. Guidelines online at www.nonprofitresearch.org/usr_doc/DoctoralGuidelines1.pdf. NSRF will award grants up to $20,000. Deadline for applications: October 1, 2003. For more information contact Jill Blackford at (202) 736-5855; e-mail email@example.com.
University of California-Los Angeles. The Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research of the School of Public Health and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center is accepting applications for a post-doctoral training program in population-based multi-disciplinary cancer prevention and control research. The program is funded by the NCI/NIH, and features: tailored coursework including the option of completing a MPH or MSPH degree; research in collaboration with nationally recognized senior faculty mentors; independent translational research leading to scientific publications and grant applications. Traineeships can be for one to three years. Compensation will range from $40,000 to $50,000 annually, plus benefits. Additional funds provided for tuition, travel and research expenses. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, EdD) and must be U.S. citizens or permanent
resident aliens. For admission into the
program in Summer/Fall 2004, application materials must be submitted by
December 15, 2003. Contact: Barbara Berman, Coordinator, UCLA Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research, A2-125 CHS, Box 956900, Los Angeles, CA 90095-6900; (310) 794-9283; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. UCLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
The Canadian Studies Conference Grant Program announces three grant opportunities. Priority topics include bilateral trade and economics, Canada-U.S. border issues, cultural policy and values, environmental, natural resources and energy issues, and security cooperation. In addition, projects that examine Canadian politics, economics, culture, and society as well as Canada’s role in international affairs are welcome. (1) The Research Grant Program promotes research in the social sciences and humanities with a view to contributing to a better knowledge and understanding of Canada and its relationship with the United States and/or other countries of the world. The purpose of the grant is to assist individual scholars, or a team of scholars in writing an article-length manuscript of publishable quality and reporting their findings in scholarly publications, thus contributing to the development of Canadian Studies in the United States. Applications must be postmarked by September 30, 2003. For more information see: www.canadianembassy.org/education/grantguide-en.asp#research; (2) The Graduate Student Fellowship Program promotes research in the social sciences and humanities with a view to contributing to a better knowledge and understanding of Canada and its relationship with the United States and/or other countries of the world. The purpose of the fellowship is to offer graduate students an opportunity to conduct part of their doctoral research in Canada. Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2003. For more information see: www.canadianembassy.org/education/grantguide-en.asp#graduate. (3) The Faculty Enrichment Program (Course Development) provides faculty members an opportunity to develop or redevelop a course(s) with substantial Canadian content that will be offered as part of their regular teaching load, or as a special offering to select audiences in continuing and/or distance education. We especially encourage the use of new Internet technology to enhance existing courses, including the creation of instructional web sites, interactive technologies, and distance learning links to Canadian universities. Applications for the Faculty Enrichment Program must be postmarked by October 31, 2003. www.canadianembassy.org/education/grantguide-en.asp#faculty. Information for all three grants can be found in www.canadianembassy.org/education/guidelines-en.pdf.
Erasmus Institute Fellowships, 2004-05. The Institute offers three types of residential fellowships: for dissertation students (advanced graduate students in the writing phase); for recent PhDs and untenured faculty; and for more senior faculty. Fellowships are provided for a complete academic year although applications for a single semester will be considered. Fellowships are both stipendiary and non-stipendiary. Stipendiary dissertation fellowships provide $15,000; postdoctoral fellowships $35,000; faculty fellowship stipends vary according to the fellow’s 2003-2004 salary at time of application. The Institute also welcomes applications for residence from scholars with funding from other sources. See our website for application instructions: www.nd.edu/~erasmus. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received in hard copy format by January 30, 2004, at: Erasmus Institute, Residential Fellowships, 1124 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5611; e-mail email@example.com.
Freie Universität Berlin and Social Science Research Council. The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, established in 1986 at the Freie Universität Berlin and in the United States at the Social Science Research Council, promotes a new generation of young North American scholars with specialized knowledge of modern and contemporary German and European affairs. The Program supports anthropologists, economists, political scientists, sociologists, and all scholars in germane social science and cultural studies fields, including historians working on the period since the mid-19th century. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation field research as well as postdoctoral research leading to completion of a monograph. The Program offers a stimulating academic environment that integrates research opportunities with intellectual and cultural interaction. An essential part of the Program is the bi-weekly seminar, conducted in German, which brings together the North American fellows and leading German scholars. Fellows have access to Berlin’s broader intellectual community and extensive libraries. For complete information and to download an application, go to www.ssrc.org/fellowships/berlin/ or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is December 1, 2003.
The Fulbright New Century Scholars Program (NCS) is a new initiative designed to build on the strengths of the Fulbright Scholar Program by extending its mission and outreach. Theme for 2004-2005: “Toward Equality: The Global Empowerment of Women.” Leading scholars and professionals in any area of the social sciences or humanities concerned with the study of women or gender are welcome to apply. Successful candidates will be active in the academic, public or private sector and will demonstrate outstanding qualifications and a distinguished record of experience, research and accomplishment in an area clearly related to the NCS theme. Applicants must be conducting current research relevant to the program’s theme and objectives, be open to exploring and incorporating comparative, interdisciplinary approaches in their investigations, and interested in developing collaborative activities with other program Scholars. Contact: Micaela S. Iovine, Senior Program Officer or Dana Hamilton, Senior Program Coordinator, (202) 686-6252; e-mail NCS@cies.iie.org. More information at www.cies.org/NCS/.
Library of Congress Fellowships in International Studies. The Library of Congress, the Association of American Universities, and the American Council of Learned Societies are pleased to announce the Library of Congress Fellowships in International Studies, supporting postdoctoral research in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences using the foreign language collections of the Library of Congress. Up to ten fellowships will be available for four to nine months each, with a stipend of $3,500 per month. During the fellowship, scholars will be expected to be engaged in full-time research at the Library. Application deadline: November 3, 2003. Applicants must hold a PhD conferred prior to November 3, 2003, and strong preference will be given to scholars at an early stage of the career—those within seven years of the degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (OFA) at ofa.acls.org.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS. The sponsor’s Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch (DBSB) and the Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDBB) and the Developmental Psychopathology and Prevention Research Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), invites research grant applications focused on creating a science base on the development of children living in low-income families. The NICHD and NIMH seek to stimulate systematic, multidisciplinary, and ecological research to understand the specific cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural, and economic factors, and the complex interaction among these factors that promote or impede development of children in low-income families. The research studies stimulated by this initiative should contribute scientific data on the developmental trajectories of low-income children and have relevant implications for emerging public policy issues, including health disparities. The sponsor intends to commit approximately $1.5 million and the NIMH intends to commit approximately $500,000 in total costs to fund three to four new grants.
The sponsor’s partner agencies may add funds to support or supplement projects in the program. Applications should include funds to support travel to a meeting
in each of the requested years of support. Contact: Natasha Cabrera, Demographic & Behavioral Sciences Branch, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 8B13, MSC 7510, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510; (301) 496-
1174; fax (301) 496-0962; e-mail email@example.com. grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-00-108.html.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) will accept applications to its five Loan Repayment Programs. December 31, 2003, is the application deadline. The NIH Loan Repayment Programs can repay up to $35,000 a year of qualified educational debt for health professionals pursuing careers in clinical, pediatric, contraception and infertility, or health disparities research. The programs also provide coverage for Federal and state tax liabilities. Participants must possess a doctoral-level degree, devote 50% or more of their time to research funded by a nonprofit organization or government entity (federal, state, or local), and have educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20% of their institutional base salary. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or U.S. nationals may apply. The five NIH Loan Repayment Programs are the Clinical Research LRP, Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds LRP, Contraception and Infertility Research LRP, Health Disparities Research LRP, and Pediatric Research LRP. Visit www.lrp.nih.gov to apply.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites applications in support of research on mind-body interactions and health. A central goal of this program is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation towards understanding the processes underlying mind-body interactions and health as well as towards the application of such basic knowledge into interventions and clinical practice in the promotion of health and the prevention or treatment of disease and disabilities. The participating ICs intend to commit at least $3,500,000 in FY 2004 or FY 2005 to fund approximately eleven (11) new grants. You may request a project period of up to five years. Awards pursuant to this RFA are contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Direct inquiries regarding to: Ronald P. Abeles, Office of Behavioral and Social Research, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, Gateway Building, Room 2C234, MSC 9205, 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20892-9205; (301) 496-7859; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Send letter of intent by November 17, 2003.
National Institutes Health Funding Opportunities. PA-03-161. Research on the Reduction and Prevention of Suicidality, grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-161.html. Request for Applications, RFA-MH-04-003. Developing Centers on Interventions for the Prevention of Suicide (DCIPS), grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-04-003.html.
National Science Foundation (NSF) offers a two-year postdoctoral research and training fellowship in the social and behavioral sciences primarily for underrepresented minority scientists within four years of receipt of their doctoral degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawfully admitted permanent residents and recipients of the doctoral degree within the past four years. The postdoctoral fellowships are designed to permit Fellows to choose a sponsoring scientist and a research and training environment most beneficial to their scientific development. Applications are due the 1st Monday of December. For additional information, see the NSF Program Announcement 00-139 at www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf00139. The contact for the program is John Perhonis; (703) 292-7279; e-mail email@example.com.
Office of Research Integrity (ORI)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) welcome grant applications on research topics associated with research integrity. Funding has been increased to $250,000 per year for three years (direct costs). Applications are sought for research on research integrity. The purpose of this RFA is to foster empirical research on societal, organizational, group, and individual factors that affect, both positively and negatively, integrity in research. Deadline: November 14, 2003. For more details: grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-04-001.html.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission invites applications for its 2004-05 Scholars in Residence Program. The Program provides support for up to three months of full-time research and study in manuscript and artifact collections maintained by any Commission facilty, including the Pennsylvania State Archives, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and 26 historic sites and museums around
the state. Deadline for applications is
January 16, 2004. Contact: Division of History, Pennsylvania Historical and
Museum Commission, Commonwealth Keystone Building-Plaza Level, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0053l (717) 787-3034; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.phmc.state.pa.us.
The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University invites applications for the 2004/2005 William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellowship. The faculty seminar, whose theme for the year will be “Strategic Actions: Women, Power, and Gender Norms,” consists of an interdisciplinary group of eight Vanderbilt faculty members and one visiting fellow. Holly McCammon (sociology) and Cecelia Tichi (English) will co-direct the program. The year-long seminar will explore the ways in which women have acted strategically to further women’s interests and to reconstruct gender norms. Application deadline: January 14, 2004. For details and application visit www.vanderbilt.edu/rpw_center, call Mona Frederick at (615) 343-6060, or e-mail email@example.com.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Substance Abuse Policy Research Program (SAPRP). The focus of this solicitation will be to produce policy-relevant information about ways to reduce the harm caused by substance abuse in the U.S. Proposals submitted must address one of the six research topics as outlined on the program’s website www.saprp.org. Letter of intent deadline: November 7, 2003. For more information call (336) 713-5259; or visit www.rwjf.org/cfp/saprp.
The Social Science Research Council announces the fifth annual dissertation fellowship competition of the Program on Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector. Fellowships will provide maintenance support for dissertation research on the history, behavior, and role of nonprofit and/or philanthropic organizations in the United States. Up to seven fellowships of $18,000 each will be awarded to graduate students in the social sciences and humanities. Application materials must be received by December 1, 2003. For further information, see the SSRC website www.ssrc.org/programs/philanthrophy or contact program staff at (212) 377-2700; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Community Forestry Research Fellowship Program (CFRF) provides fellowships to graduate students to support their field work in communities in the United States. The awards are up to $15,000 for dissertation fellows, up to $7,000 for masters fellows, and $2,000 for predissertation fellows. Students enrolled in degree-granting programs in the social sciences, economics, forestry or natural resource management, policy and planning at any institution of higher learning may apply for a fellowship. Applicants must be engaged in research that deals directly with or is explicitly relevant to U.S. forest communities. Questions concerning the sustainable production and distribution of benefits from the forest across diverse cultural and socio-economic groups are especially welcome. Fieldwork must be participatory. Fellows must work actively with members of the community in which they are conducting research to engage them in the research process. The deadline for application is February 2, 2004. Contact: Carl Wilmsen, CFRF Program Coordinator, College of Natural Resources, 101 Giannini Hall #3100, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-3100; (510) 642-3431; e-mail email@example.com. www.cnr.berkeley.edu/community_forestry/.
In the News
The American Sociological Association was mentioned in the July 5 Washington Post in an article about efforts by conservative activists in California to ban the state from using racial categories in collecting data from its residents.
Howard Aldrich, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted in the Raleigh News & Observer, in an August 24 article on how management styles differ between men and women.
Andrea Baker, Ohio University-Lancaster, was a guest on the July 8 Kojo Nnamdi Show on National Public Radio, discussing online dating services.
Carl L. Bankston III, Tulane University, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s “Here and Now Program” regarding the ending of five decades of court supervised desegregation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was also interviewed on the Baton Rouge radio station WIBR on his 2002 book, A Troubled Dream: The Promise and Failure of School Desegregation in Louisiana (Vanderbilt University Press, 2002). Quotations from several other interviews with Bankston about the Baton Rouge case appeared in newspapers around the United States in August, 2003.
Laurence Basirico, Elon University, was quoted in numerous media outlets about his work on family reunions in April, May, and July including the Baltimore Sun, National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, the Washington Post, and the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Jon Bloch and Shirley A. Jackson, both at Southern Connecticut State University, appeared on WTNH (New Haven, CT) on August 7, where they were interviewed on a course on Men’s Studies.
Dannielle Blumenthal was quoted in the August 2 New York Times about femininity and pop culture.
Alan Booth, Pennsylvania State University, was featured in the June 10 Psychology Today about his research on marriage and married couples.
Lisa Catanzarite, University of California-Los Angeles, her research on Hispanics skewing down the wage levels for blue-collar occupations in large cities was featured in the August 19 Wall Street Journal.
Christopher Chase-Dunn, University of California-Riverside. His research on long waves of trade globalization with Yukio Kawano and Benjamin Brewer, originally published in the American Sociological Review (February, 2000) was summarized in the June 2003 Scientific American.
Karen Christopher, University of Louisville, wrote a letter to the editor in the August 3 New York Times, which was critical of President Bush’s marriage promotion policies for welfare recipients.
Scott Coltrane and Michele Ann Adams, University California-Riverside, were quoted in the “Conventional Wisdom” column in the June 22 Washington Post on their research on housework by husbands as a turn on to their wives.
Mick Couper, University of Michigan, had his research featured in an article in the June 8 New York Times on the impact of using computerized voices in interviews for surveys.
Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, was quoted in an article on the IRA in the South China Morning Post, August 15.
Bette Dickerson, American University, was quoted in an article on child abuse in the August 18 issue of Newsweek magazine.
Peter Dreier, Occidental College, wrote an article on politics in Los Angeles since the 1992 riots in the Spring 2003 issue of the National Civic Review. He also co-authored an article in the June 22 Los Angeles Times on the growing influence in city politics of Progressive City Council members. He also wrote, “Is Baseball Ready for a Gay Jackie Robinson?” in the August 15 In These Times magazine.
Troy Duster, New York University, was quoted in a June 30 Wall Street Journal article on California’s Racial Privacy Initiative. The American Sociological Association’s race statement and opposition to the initiative was also mentioned. He was also interviewed and featured in the “Newsmaker” section of the July 28 Research USA, a weekly science policy publication.
Bonnie Erickson, University of Toronto, had her research on social connections featured in “In the Racks” in the April 17 Denver Post.
Toby A. Ten Eyck, Michigan State University, was featured in a story concerning safe food practices during a blackout on WLNS-TV of Lansing, MI. The story was broadcast August 15.
Donna Gaines, www.donnagaines.com, was interviewed for a July 6 feature in the Washington Post about “Guido” youth subculture in New Jersey. She was interviewed by Bravo for a TV series, More Than Music: Songs That Changed Our World, Regarding the Ramones’ song “I Wanna Be Sedated.” Gaines wrote the liner notes for the reissues of Ramones first two albums on Rhino, as well as their induction essay into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Gaines appeared in the July 31 edition of Dan’s Papers, following a speaking engagement at the Ross School, East Hampton, where she read from her recent memoir, A Misfit’s Manifesto: The Spiritual Journey of a Rock & Roll Heart.
Charles A. Gallagher, Georgia State University, was interviewed on Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor on June 26 and MSNBC’s Lester Holt Show on June 19 to discuss why the study of whites should be included in classes on race relations.
Al Gedicks, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, wrote an op-ed column on the Indonesian invasion of Aceh in the June 7 Madison (WI) Capital Times.
John E. Glass wrote an article in the August 1 CommonDreams.org about the violence portrayed in the rumor that a game in Las Vegas involved chasing naked women in a paintball game.
Norval D. Glenn, University of Texas-Austin, was quoted in the June 29 New York Times on Internet dating becoming more socially acceptable as a form of meeting people. He was, again, quoted in the August 10 Times in an article about gay marriage.
Catherine Hakim, London School of Economics, was quoted in an article in the July 23 New York Times about recently proposed far-reaching legislation to outlaw sexual discrimination by the European Commission.
Cedric Herring, University of Illinois-Chicago, was a featured guest in June on WVON Radio (Chicago) to discuss “African American Interests in Global Perspective.” He was also a guest on Chicago’s CBS affiliate WBBM Radio’s “At Issue: Affirmative Action” to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision with respect to the University of Michigan affirmative action cases.
Robert B. Hill, Westat, was interviewed in the August 17 Baltimore Sun about his views on the state of Black families.
Dean Hoge, Catholic University, was quoted in the June 29 Washington Post in an article about the increasing disputes and charges of heresy within Protestant churches.
Allan V. Horwitz, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, had his research on twins, which was published in the June issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, featured in the August 4 Chronicle of Higher Education.
Philip Kasinitz, City University of New York-Graduate Center, was quoted in an editorial about shifting ethnic identities in the May 16 Los Angeles Times. He and John Mollenkopf, City University of New York-Graduate Center, were both quoted in a front page New York Times story on the recent blackout on August 17.
Lisa A. Keister, Ohio State University, was featured in the “Unconventional Wisdom” column in the August 31 Washington Post about her research on the relationship between having siblings and wealth.
James R. Kelly, Fordham University, was quoted in the August 31 issue of the New York Times about the complicated relationship between mayors of New York City and religion.
Pauline Kent, Ryukoko University, was quoted in a July 19 New York Times article about the work of cultural anthropologist Ruth Benedict in post World War II Japan.
Stephen A. Kent, University of Alberta, was quoted in the July 5 New York Times in an article about the controversy in the Anglican Church surrounding a bishop who performs same-sex marriages in Vancouver.
Takeshi Kitazawa, Rikkyo University, was quoted in a July 12 article in the Washington Post about a controversial child murder case in Japan.
Jerome Krase, CUNY-Brooklyn, had his book, Ethnicity and Machine Politics mentioned in an August 13 issue of the New York Sun.
Paul Eric Krueger was featured in a story in the August 1 Chronicle of Higher Education about National University rescinding its job offer to him because of a past murder conviction.
Valerie Lee, University of Michigan, and Sean Reardon, Pennsylvania State University, were quoted on the learning gap between black and white school children in the August 19 Wall Street Journal.
Gerhard Lenski wrote a letter to the editor that appeared in the July 22 New York Times Magazine.
Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, was quoted in a July 6 Dallas Morning News article about the growing numbers of church missionary volunteers.
Stanley Lieberson, Harvard University, was quoted and his book, A Matter of Taste: How Names, Fashions and Culture Change, was mentioned in a July 6 New York Times Magazine article on the naming styles of each generation.
Clarence Lo, University of Missouri-Columbia, was mentioned as author of Small Property versus Big Government in a June 1 Sacramento Bee op-ed marking the 25th anniversary of Proposition 13 in California.
John Logan, University at Albany, was featured in a June 17 Chronicle of Higher Education article on how neighborhoods are changed or formed from decisions made from outside the community. This article is based on his article, “Neighborhoods in Context,” which appeared in the Spring issue of Contexts.
Robert Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, was featured in a May 22 article in the MSNBC website on recent college graduates’ credit card and other debt.
Sue Falter Mennino, Tulane University, was interviewed on June 23 by a local radio station (WWL-AM) on stay-at-home dads.
Melissa Milkie, University of Maryland, was quoted in a July 13 New York Times article about retailers seeking out good-looking people as their employees.
Peter M. Nardi, Pitzer College, was cited in the Calgary Herald (Canada) and Time magazine on men’s friendships, and in the Montreal La Presse and Hartford Advocate (CT) on recent gay events in the news.
Robert Newby, Central Michigan University, was quoted in a June 23 USA Today article on the implications of the University of Michigan Supreme Court decision.
Orlando Patterson, Harvard University, authored a June 22 New York Times op-ed on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on affirmative action. Patterson’s op-ed was also cited in a June 28 op-ed in the New York Times.
H. Wesley Perkins, Hobart & William Smith College, was quoted in a July 25 Chronicle of Higher Education article on the effectiveness of “social norms” process to curb college drinking. [See article on p. 5 of December 2002 Footnotes and Public Forum (p. 11) in February 2003 Footnotes.]
David Popenoe, Rutgers University, was quoted in a July 27 USA Today article on the rapidly changing opinions about the rights of homosexuals.
Cecilia Ridgeway, Stanford University, was quoted in an editorial in the August 10 Washington Post about the lack of ROTC programs in elite colleges.
Stephen C. Richards, Northern Kentucky University, was featured in an August 9 New York Times article about criminologists who had spent time in prison as inmates and how they are making an impact in their field.
Gene Rosa, Washington State University, was interviewed in Paris by BBC Television about whether Paris or London, candidates for the 2012 Olympic summer games, was better prepared to prevent the type of terrorism that occurred in Atlanta.
Ruth Rubinstein, the Fashion Institute of Technology, was quoted in a June 1 issue of USA Today on the retro fashions becoming popular again. Her book Dress Codes: Meanings and Messages in American Culture was mentioned.
Juliet B. Schor, Boston College, was quoted and her book, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, was mentioned in a June 26 New York Times article on using work e-mail as your personal e-mail address.
Marc Smith, Microsoft research, was the focus of a feature article in an August 19 Cnet.com article for his studies at Microsoft and was quoted in the August 19 San Francisco Chronicle on social scientists and technology.
Robert C. Smith, Barnard College, was quoted in the July 30 New York Times about the Mexican experience in New York.
Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University, and Samantha Friedman wrote a “Viewpoints” column for the American Banker on August 29.
Bill Strauss was mentioned as a co-founder of the Cappies Awards, a highly successful annual awards program for Washington, DC-area high school theater, in the June 8 Washington Post.
Verta Taylor and Leila Rupp, University of California-Santa Barbara, were interviewed for a cover story about their book Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret in the April 3-16, 2003 issue of Celebrate, Key West Florida’s Gay Newspaper. The book was also noted among new scholarly books in the July 4 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education and discussed in articles in the June 11 issue of The Washington Blade, the July issue of Instinct Magazine, and the July 18 issue of GAYTODAY.com. They were also feature guests on Larry Mantel’s Airtalk, KPCC Southern California Public Radio, August 6, where they discussed their book.
John Torpey, University of British Columbia, was quoted in the Taipei Times on August 25 in an article on international requirements of more biometric markers in passports and other identification documents.
Diane Vaughn, Boston College, see Public Sociologies column in this Footnotes.
Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia University, was quoted in the August 3 New York Times Magazine about his work on the economics of small-time drug dealers with economist Steven Levitt.
Milton Vickerman, University of Virginia, and Andrew Beveridge, Queens College and the CUNY-Graduate Center, were quoted in a front page New York Times story on Caribbean Immigrants, June 28.
Ruth A. Wallace, George Washington University, was recently interviewed by the National Public Radio program Religion and Ethics, which aired on June 20.
Suzanna Walters, Georgetown University, was quoted in an August 11 Washington Post article about the lure of chain letters.
Duncan J. Watts, Columbia University, had his research on degrees of separation between strangers in the Internet featured in the August 8 CNN News and National Public Radio’s Science Friday show.
Rhys H. Williams, University of Cincinnati, was quoted in the August 27 Wall Street Journal in an article on the growing popularity of NASCAR comparing it to other movements of Southerners.
Howard Winant, University of California-Santa Barbara, was quoted in the June 20 Washington Post in an article on the controversy over “whiteness studies” as an academic discipline.
David Yamane, University of Notre Dame, wrote, “The Bishops and Politics” in the May 23 Commonweal Magazine.
Caught in the Web
The Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University and the Social Indicators Survey Center at Columbia University are pleased to announce the release of the second public use file from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. The study follows a cohort of children born in the late 1990s to married and unmarried parents. The study follows both mothers and fathers, documenting their relationship, each parent’s relationship with the child, the family’s health and wellbeing, and a variety of other outcomes. This public use release contains data from the first follow-up, which occurred when the focal child was aged 12-18 months. Visit the website at crcw.princeton.edu/fragilefamilies. To go directly to the data archive, visit opr.princeton.edu/archive/ff.
Children, Youth and Environments (CYE) is a new web-based, refereed journal, guided by a distinguished Editorial Advisory Board. The editors solicit submissions on a broad range of topics related to young people and their environments, broadly defined. The current issue includes papers on street children, environments for play and learning, and children’s resilience under stress. CYE’s readership is international. During the first two months, more than 6,000 readers from 59 countries accessed the journal. For more information, visit the website cye.colorado.edu or e-mail Willem van Vliet (co-editor) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Stanford Graduate School of Business www.ssireview.com.
The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the inauguration of the annual NCSA Article Prize. The Prize will recognize excellence in scholarly studies on subjects from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (French Revolution to World War I). The winner will receive a cash award of $500 to be presented at the 25th anniversary of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association in St. Louis in March 2004. Articles published between September 1, 2002, and August 31, 2003, are eligible for consideration for the first annual Prize and may be submitted by the author or by an editor or a publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. Submission of multi-disciplinary studies is especially encouraged. Essays written in part or in whole in a language other than English must be accompanied by translations in English. The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. The deadline for submission is October 15, 2003. Send three off-prints or photocopies of published essays/articles to the Chair of the Article Prize Committee: Suzanne Ozment, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of South Carolina-Aiken, 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801; e-mail email@example.com. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. Applicants should provide an e-mail address so receipt of their submissions may be acknowledged.
Members' New Books
Javier Auyero, SUNY-Stony Brook, Contentious Lives. Two Argentine Women, Two Protests, and the Quest for Recognition (Duke University Press, 2003).
Barbara J. Bank, University of Missouri-Columbia, Contradictions in Women’s Education: Traditionalism, Careerism, and Community at a Single-Sex College (Teachers College Press, 2003).
Helen A. Berger, Evan Leach, Leigh Schaffer, West Chester University, Voices from the Pagan Census: A National Survey of Witches and Neo-Pagans in the United States (University of South Carolina Press, 2003).
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Texas A&M University, Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); Ashley Doane and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (eds.), White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism (Routledge, 2003).
Richard D. Bucher, Baltimore City Community College, Diversity Consciousness: Opening Our Minds to People, Cultures, and Opportunities (Prentice Hall, 2004).
Stephen J. Caldas and Carl L. Bankston III, Tulane University, The End of Desegregation? (Nova Science Publishers, 2003).
Thomas Calhoun, Southern Illinois University, and Alex Thio, Readings in Deviant Behavior, 3rd Edition (Allyn & Bacon, 2004).
Luiz A. Castro-Santos, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, O Pensamento Social no Brasil (Social Thought in Brazil) (Campinas, EDICAMP, 2003).
Dan A. Chekki, University of Winnipeg, The Philosophy and Ethics of the Virasaiva Community (Edwin Mellen Press, 2003).
Richard A. Colignon, Duquesne University, and Chikako Usui, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Amakudari: The Hidden Fabric of Japan’s Economy (Cornell University Press, 2003).
Gordon J. DiRenzo, University of Delaware, Individuo e Societa: Prospettive sullo Studio del Compotamento Sociale dell’Uomo (DR Editore, 2003).
Keith Doubt, Wittenberg University, Sociogija nakon Bosne (A Sociology for Bosnia) (Buybook, 2003).
Susan A. Eisenhandler, University of Connecticut, Keeping the Faith in Late Life (Springer Publishing Company, 2003).
Debra S. Emmelman, Southern Connecticut State University, Justice for the Poor: A Study of Criminal Defense Work (Ashgate Publishers, 2003).
David O. Friedrichs, University of Scranton, Trusted Criminals: White Collar Crime in Contemporary Society, 2nd Edition (Thomson/Wadsworth, 2004).
Josef Gugler, University of Connecticut, African Film: Re-Imagining a Continent (Indiana University Press, 2003).
Maureen T. Hallinan, University of Notre Dame, Adam Gamoran, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Warren Kubitschek, University of Notre Dame, and Tom Loveless, Brookings Institution (editors), Stability and Change in American Education: Structure, Process, and Outcomes (Eliot Werner Publications, 2003).
Richard Hogan, Purdue University, The Failure of Planning: Permitting Sprawl in San Diego Suburbs, 1970-1999 (Ohio State University Press, 2003)
John Iceland, University of Maryland, Poverty in America (University of California Press, 2003).
Richard M. Ingersoll, University of Pennsylvania, Who Controls Teachers’ Work? Power and Accountability in America’s Schools (Harvard University Press, 2003).
Amanda Lewis, University of Illinois-Chicago, Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the Color Line in Classrooms and Communities (Rutgers University Press, 2003).
W. Allen Martin, University of Texas-Tyler, The Urban Community (Prentice Hall, 2003).
Sharon Preves, Hamline University, Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self (Rutgers University Press, 2003).
William I. Robinson, University of California-Santa Barbara, Transnational Conflicts: Central America, Social Change, and Globalization (Verso Press, 2003).
Deirdre A. Royster, College of William and Mary, Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men from Blue Collar Jobs (University of California Press, 2003).
Charles Selengut, County College of Morris, Sacred Fury: Understanding Religious Violence (AltaMira Press, 2003).
Christopher E. Smith, Michigan State University, Christina DeJong, Michigan State University and John D. Burrow, University of South Carolina, The Supreme Court, Crime & The Ideal of Equal Justice (Peter Lang, 2003).
Gregory D. Squires (ed.), George Washington University, Organizing Access to Capital: Advocacy and the Democratization of Financial Institutions (Temple University Press, 2003.).
Mary C. Tuominen, Denison University, We Are Not Babysitters: Family Child Care Providers Redefine Work and Care (Rutgers University Press, 2003).
Debra Umberson, University of Texas-Austin, Death of a Parent: Transition to a New Adult Identity (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
Robin M. Williams, Jr., Cornell University, The Wars Within: Peoples and States in Conflict (Cornell University Press, 2003).
Charles V. Willie, Harvard University, and Richard J. Reddick, A New Look at Black Families 5th edition (AltaMira Press, 2003).
Sarah Susannah Willie, Swarthmore College, Acting Black, College Identity and the Performance of Race (Routledge, 2003).
Joseph Zajda, Australian Catholic University, Schooling the New Russians: Transforming Soviet Workers to Capitalist Entrepreneurs (James Nicholas Publishers, 2003).
Policy and Practice
Robert Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, delivered testimony, titled ”The Role of FCRA in the Credit Granting Process,” at a June 12 congressional hearing before the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit of the Financial Services Committee on the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University, presented his recent research on insurance redlining and housing discrimination before staff at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on July 15. He also participated in a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights forum on community reinvestment on July 18 where he discussed his recent work on predatory lending as well as insurance redlining.
Pablo J. Boczkowski, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been selected to hold the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair at MIT beginning July 1, 2003, for a three-year term.
Jeffrey R. Breese has joined the faculty at the University of Tampa as an Associate Professor.
David Brinkerhoff retired in December, 2002, after 25 years at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Wendy Cadge will join the faculty of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology in Fall 2003.
Thomas Calhoun, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Sociology at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale effective Fall 2003.
Robert L. Crosnoe, University of Texas-Austin, and Wen-Jui-Han, Columbia University, each received a three-year, $150,000 fellowship from the Foundation for Child Development to study the development of immigrant children from birth to 10 years of age.
Raymond De Vries, St. Olaf College, will be a plenary speaker in the British Sociological Association’s Annual Conference on September 26-28.
Riley E. Dunlap, Åbo Akademi University (Finland), gave the inaugural Afonso de Barros Memorial Lecture at the Superior Institute for the Study of Work and Enterprise in Lisbon, Portugal, in May.
Kenneth Ferraro has been named Director of Purdue University’s new Center on Aging and the Life Course.
Viktor Gecas has joined the faculty of Purdue University as the Head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Jack A. Goldstone has been named the Faculty Research Lecturer for 2003 by the University of California-Davis. This is the highest recognition given by the UC Davis Academic Senate for research. He will also become the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University in fall 2003.
Shirley A. Jackson, Southern Connecticut State University, is the incoming president of the New England Sociological Association.
Jason Kaufman was recently named John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. His book For The Common Good? American Civic Life and the Golden Age of Fraternity will be reissued in paper this summer by the Oxford University Press.
Judith Lorber, Brooklyn College and Graduate School-CUNY, was Visiting Professor in the Dynamics of Gender Constellations Research Program, University of Dortmund, Germany in May-June 2003. She gave a lecture at the official opening of the program and the keynote address at a workshop. She also lectured at seven other universities in Germany.
Robert Lee Maril will be the Chair of the Department of Sociology of East Carolina University as of August 1.
Thelma McCormack, York University, addressed joint meetings of American and Canadian Library Associations in Toronto on June 25 on political and cultural censorship in Canada.
Ann Meier has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota.
Ann L. Mullen has joined the faculty at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department.
Mark Oromaner, Hudson County Community College, will retire December 31 after 26 years at the college. He is the longest serving employee in the college’s history, and also served as dean of academic affairs, executive vice president, and acting/interim president.
Keith Parker has accepted an administrative position at the University of Georgia-Athens.
Winnie Poster, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation for her project: “Women in the Global Information Technology Workforce: Customer Service Call Centers in India.” The grant was for $89,000.
Richard Quinney presented the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Justice Studies Association in Albany, NY, on May 29.
Adrian Raftery, University of Washington-Seattle, was the world’s third most cited mathematician in the decade 1993-2003, according to the Institute for Scientific Information, which publishes the Science and Social Science Citation Indexes and the Web of Science.
Jack Rothman, University of California-Los Angeles, was featured in a recent issue of UCLA Today about his unconventional second career as a standup comedian.
Deirdre A. Royster has been elected chair of the College of William and Mary’s Department of Sociology.
Doris P. Slesinger, University of Wisconsin-Madison, received the Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award from the Rural Sociological Society.
David A. Sonnenfeld has been granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor, Department of Community and Rural Sociology, Washington State University.
Zoltan Tarr lectured in May at the universities of Erlangen and Kassel, Germany.
Ramon S. Torrecilha, former ASA Minority Fellowship Program Director, is the new Provost of Berkeley College.
Ana Wahl has assumed a faculty position at Wake Forest University.
Charles V. Willie, Harvard University, was re-elected president of the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston.
Joseph Zajda, Australian Catholic University, has been appointed Chair of the Publications Standing Committee (2003-5), World Council of Comparative Education Societies. He is the Editor of the International Handbook of Globalisation and Education Policy Research; Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council for International Relations, Comparaive and International Education Society; and was appointed Guest Editor of a special issue of International Review of Education.
The Consumers, Commodities and Consumption Research Network has been in existence for five years serving as a forum for sociologists interested in the study of consumption. We have a website, a biannual newsletter and a listserv. Members have organized ASA sessions and attended receptions and dinners. We are currently soliciting petitions from those interested in making this group an official ASA Section. If you are interested, contact Dan Cook directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or download a petition from the group’s website st-socrates.berkeley.edu/~nalinik/ccc.html. Petitions will be accepted at any time, but we are seeking to get as many as possible by October 21.
Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have changed their name to Development Sociology. According to Philip McMichael, the department’s chairperson, rural social change is contained within development sociology rubric, but the reverse is not true. The faculty emphasizes “development” as the framework motivating its work on social and economic change in rural and urban contexts throughout the world. The department is comprised of 14 faculty members and four PhD-level researchers. Approximately 70 undergraduate students major in development sociology, and about 50 graduate students are currently enrolled in the PhD program in development sociology. www.cals.cornell.edu/dept/devsoc/.
The Egyptian Students Association in North America (ESANA) announces the 7th Annual Book Campaign. Each year an Egyptian university is selected to receive books as a donation. Ain Shams University is the chosen university for the 2003 campaign. Local units collect the donations and ship them to the central collection point in Purdue University from which the books will be shipped to Egypt. We are looking for your generous contribution to this year’s book campaign with any available books and journals in all disciplines that are published after 1985. PC hardware and software that can be used in developing a computer-based library system to replace the existing manual system in Egypt’s libraries will be of great use. E-mail email@example.com. For more information visit: www.esana.org.
The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is seeking research papers and case studies in preparation for a 2004 think tank on the topic, “Motivating Americans to Develop Constructive Financial Behaviors.” Guidelines for submission and volunteer reviewers may be found on NEFE’s website at www.nefe.org in the “Research and Strategy” area of the Innovative Thinking section. The direct link to the Call for Papers is www.nefe.org/callforpapers/index.html. The postmark deadline for submissions is October 31, 2003.
2003 Southwestern Sociological Association Student Paper Awards: James F. Hollander, University of North Texas, and Andrew Clarkwest, Harvard University and Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla.
The Social Science Research Council in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies is proud to announce the 2003 International Dissertation Field Research (IDRF) fellows conducting research in sociology: David Fitzgerald, University of California-Los Angeles; Hwa-Jen Liu, University of California-Berkeley; Sandra Moog, University of California-Berkeley; Yektan Turkyilmaz, Duke University; Jonathan VanAntwerpen, University of California-Berkeley; Matthias vom Hau, Brown University.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln has awarded the following commendations: “Certification of Recognition for Contributions to Students Award” to Julia McQuillian and Lynn White; “College Distinguished Teaching Award” to Julia McQuillian; “College Distinguished GTA Award” and the “UNL Outstanding GTA Award” to Katherine Acosta.
Richard D. Alba, SUNY-Albany, has been named a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellow for 2003-2004.
Howard Aldrich, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, received the Center for Women’s Business Research award for “Best Women’s Entrepreneurship Paper” at the 2003 Academy of Management, for his paper, “On Their Own Terms: Gendered Rhetoric Versus Business Behavior in Small Firms.”
Mounira Maya Charrad, University of Texas-Austin, received the following awards for her book, States and Women’s Rights: The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco (University of California Press, 2001); Hamilton Award for Outstanding Book in Any Field, University of Texas-Austin, 2002; Award for Best First Book in History (co-winner), Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History, 2002; Honorable Mention, Best Book in Sociology Komarovsky Award, Eastern Sociological Society, 2003.
Xavier Coller, Universitat de Barcelona, won Honorable Mention for the 2003 Seymour Martin Lipset Award from the Society for Comparative Research.
Stephen J. Cutler, University of Vermont, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to do research and lecture at the University of Bucharest in Romania during the 2003-2004 spring semester.
Nancy Davis, DePauw University, won the university’s Fred C. Tucker Jr. Distinguished Career Award.
Glen H. Elder, Jr., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Rand Conger, University of California-Davis, were recently honored with the 2003 Award for Distinguished Service to Rural Life by the Rural Sociological Society.
Keith Hampton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received the Harold A. Innis Biannual Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Media Ecology (2001-2002) from the Media Ecology Association. He was also awarded the MIT Class of ’43 Career Development Professorship.
Xia Jianzhong won a CSCC Chinese Fellowship for Scholarly Development from the American Council of Learned Societies.
Lora Lempert, University of Michigan, won the Sarah Goddard Power Award from the Academic Women’s Caucus and the Susan B. Anthony Award from the Women’s Commission for “leadership, scholarship, and service on behalf of women.”
Anthony P. Lombardo, McMaster University, is the winner of the 2003 Martin Levine Student Essay Competition.
Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University, received the Best Paper Award for 2002 from the journal, Human Relations.
Leslie Salzinger, University of Chicago, won a 2003 Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.
Heike Trappe, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, has been named a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellow for 2003-2004.
James H. Wiest, Hastings College, was awarded the 2002 USA Today top professor award for the state of Nebraska.
James Q. Wilson, Harvard University and University of California-Los Angeles, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony at the White House on July 23.
Feng Xiaotian, Nanjing University, won a CCSC Chinese Fellowship for Scholarly Development from the American Council of Learned Societies.
Joseph Zajda, has received the Australian Catholic University National Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2003.
Lynne Zucker, University of California-Los Angeles, received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the social implications of nanotechnology.
Deborah Franzman, Alan Hancock College, was killed by a shark attack in August in Avila Beach, California.
Rob E. Kling, Indiana University Center for Social Informatics, passed away unexpectedly on May 14, 2003.
Joseph H. Meyerowitz died in Jerusalem, Israel, on March 19 after an 18-month struggle to overcome lymphoma.
Msgr. Philip J. Murnion, sociologist and adviser to parish and diocesan leaders, died August 19 of colon cancer in New York.
Ashakant Nimbark, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY, died suddenly on March 15.
Ruth Useem died on September 11.
Kurt Wolff died September 14 of a pulmonary embolism.
Albert D. Biderman
One of the “First Citizens” of the Social Indicators Movement, Albert D. Biderman, died June 15, 2003. He was nearing his 80th birthday. He contributed essays, methodological studies, and a wide range of other research on a number of topics, including social indicators, crime, military sociology, interviewing methodology and others. His life work engaged social theory in the service of applied research in numerous applications.
Biderman’s essay, “Social Indicators and Goals,” in Social Indicators, edited by Raymond A. Bauer, positioned indicators in the agenda for achieving national goals set by study boards and presidential addresses. He charted the shift in emphasis of the President’s State of the Union addresses between economic and non-economic indicators. Recent addresses, he found, shifted emphasis from the individual to economic growth. He also reviewed problems of collection and interpretation of crime statistics, a topic he later studied intensively. His essay called for a system of social indicators that show the state of society in areas not covered by economic indicators.
With Albert J. Reiss, Biderman examined crime statistics, reporting in Data Sources of White-Collar Law Breaking (1980), and, with James P. Lynch, Understanding Crime Incidence Statistics: Why the UCR Diverges from the NCS. These and other studies led to an essay in the volume Victimology: A New Focus, edited by Isreal Drapkin and Emilio Viano (1975). During 1979-86 he was Director of the Crime Survey Research Consortium. One outcome was the Victimization Survey, which is one of the three important data gathering instruments that arose from the Social Indicators Movement. He made another contribution to social indicator data collection in a volume he edited with Thomas F. Drury, Measuring Work Quality for Social Reporting (1976).
During Biderman’s association with the Air Force’s Human Resources Research Institute, 1952-57, he engaged former prisoners of war in interviews. This resulted in two publications, March to Calumny: The Story of American POW’S in the Korean War (1963), and, as co-editor, Mass Behavior in Battle and Captivity: The Communist Soldier in the Korean War (1958).
Biderman’s interest in military sociology resulted in contributions to several volumes, among them: Morris Janowitz (ed.) The New Military: Changing Patterns of Organization (1964); Mortimer Appley and Richard Trumbull (eds.) Psychological Stress (1966); Sol Tax (ed.) The Draft: A Handbook of Facts and Alternatives (1967); and, Roger W. Little (ed.) A Handbook of Military Institutions (1971).
With Herbert Zimmer, Biderman published The Manipulation of Human Behavior (1961), and an article in the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.
Al was born in Paterson, New Jersey, July 10, 1923, the son of Isaac and Celia Silberstein Biderman. He attended New York University where he received an AB degree in economics in l947. He received an MA in sociology from the University of Chicago in l952, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago in l964. At the University of Chicago he, and others who contributed to the social indicators development, including Eleanor B. Sheldon, came under the influence of W. F. Ogburn, the editor and mover behind Recent Social Trends, the first important U.S. social report that demonstrated the significance of charting trends.
During 1943-45 he served in the U.S. Army and from 1948-52 he taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Then he turned to applied research and teaching became a minor interest. He was a research social psychologist with the Human Resources Research Institute at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in 1952-57. He joined the Bureau of Social Science Research in Washington, DC, in 1957 and remained there until it was closed. While officially retired in 1986, in semi-retirement he served as Research Professor of Justice at the American University.
His contributions were recognized by the District of Columbia Sociological Society in 1985 when he received the Stuart A Rice Award. He had been president of that organization in1965-66. He was also honored by being appointed a Fellow in the following: the American Statistical Association, The Human Ecology Fund,1958-59, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to these organizations, he belonged to the American Sociological Association, the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. He regularly contributed papers at their annual conventions.
On November 9, 1951, he married Sumiko Fujii. She and their three children survive him: David Taro Biderman and Joselph Shiro Biderman of Los Angeles, and Paula Kei Biderman of Purcellville, Virginia.
Abbott L. Ferriss, Emory University
Elizabeth Anne Czepiel
Elizabeth Anne Czepiel of Pomfret Center, CT, formerly of Old Saybrook and Gaithersburg, MD, died June 24, 2003, at Hartford Hospital after a courageous battle with lymphoma. She was born in New Haven on April 5, 1967. Ms. Czepiel was a 1985 graduate of Old Saybrook High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Upsala College in human resource management and sociology in 1989 and a Master of Arts degree in sociology from Boston College in 1992. From 1994 to 1998, Ms. Czepiel held the position of Governance Coordinator for the American Sociological Association (ASA) at the Association headquarters in Washington, DC. In this role she worked with many members and leaders of ASA Sections and committees. She was highly dedicated to the Association and its members.
After leaving ASA, she served as the Director of Member Services for the Composite Wood Council in Gaithersburg, MD, from 1998 to 2001. Ms. Czepiel returned to Connecticut in 2001, where she worked with students at Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) in Danielson and as a mentor for an on-line educational service for College students across the country. She completed a Master of Arts degree in higher education, student affairs, at the University of Connecticut in January 2003. She had planned to specialize in providing support of at-risk college students, when she was stricken with cancer. Liz, as she was known to her many friends, loved nature, hiking, camping, gardening, gourmet cooking, fine wines, cats, her work, her family, and her friends. Her vivacious nature and enthusiasm for life will be missed by those who knew her.
Liz leaves behind her fiancé, Douglas Ungeheuer of Pomfret Center, his parents, Marion and Otto Ungeheuer of Danielson; her mother and stepfather, Laurel and Thomas Kahak; her father, Ronald Czepiel; and her brother Adam Czepiel, all of Old Saybrook; her aunts, Susan Cunningham of Pomfret Center, Beverly Zadroga of Florida and Sandy Kahak of New Jersey; and her uncles, Joseph Kahak of Illinois and Robert Kahak of Texas. A Quinebaug Valley Community College scholarship has been established in memory of Elizabeth Czepiel. The scholarship will provide a QVCC at-risk student with funding for tuition. Persons wishing to make a contribution may send a check payable to: QVCC Foundation, Inc., attention Elizabeth Czepiel Memorial Scholarship, 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT 06239.
Susan Cunningham and Adam Czepiel
John T. Flint
John Torgny Flint, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, died unexpectedly of heart failure at the age of 76 at his home in Binghamton, NY, on June 17, 2003. He was born in Mahnomen, Minnesota on March 28, 1927, to Rev. John Flint and Josephine Flint (née Ellingson).
A popular teacher and colleague at the State University of New York-Binghamton since 1966, he was much loved for his infectious sense of humor and his open, friendly, and loquacious way with people from all walks of life, both at the university and in the community. He was a natural intellectual “networker” who loved to bring people together to such an extent that it bore mention as service to the campus community upon his promotion to full professor in 1990. A historical sociologist well before it was recognized as a legitimate subfield in the discipline, he used the Sociological Imagination to great effect with his freshman students, comparing his own choices and chances in the scholarly job market with mine.
My father had an incredible, almost photographic memory for the events of his life, even if the occasional “senior moment” prompted him to ask, “stop me if you’ve heard this story before” . . . . This served him very well in the classroom, where he would use these anecdotes to illustrate sociological concepts. The lives of his wife and children were also fair game, as I discovered as an undergraduate at Harpur College. To underscore the importance of social structure over individual merit as an explanation for differences in opportunities, he would often compare the very different choices and chances that he and I had as we each moved into academia—he from relative poverty—I from relative privilege. He would tell his students that it was because of the marked differences between the labor market for newly minted PhDs in 1960 vs. 2000 that his opportunities were greater than mine, and that this was for historical reasons rather than because of differences in our individual attainments.
He served in the Navy during WWII and attended college on the G.I. Bill, earning a BA in 1949 from Kent State University, an MA in 1951 from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in 1957 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
As a student of Louis Wirth and Everett C. Hughes at Chicago, and Hans Gerth and Howard Becker at Madison, Professor Flint was part of what Gary Alan Fine described as “A Second Chicago School of Sociology.” Younger than Mills and a contemporary of Wallerstein, his articles in Comparative Studies in Society and History were among those that laid the foundation for what is now a flourishing subfield. At Madison he also worked with Einar Haugen, a seminal figure in Scandinavian studies in the United States. He was among the first class of Fulbright scholars to work in Norway in 1951-1952, where he carried out research while based at the Institute for Sociology and the University of Oslo. He joined the Sociology Department at Binghamton (then Harpur College) in 1966 after teaching at the University of Kentucky-Lexington from 1957-63, and San Fernando Valley State College in Northridge, California, from 1963-66. Professor Flint helped build the SUNY-Binghamton Sociology Department into an internationally known, if idiosyncratic, program of brilliant and wide-ranging scholars who transcended a sometimes parochial and insecure discipline.
Specializing in the historical study of religion, popular culture, and music, as well as theory and method in historical sociology, Flint’s contributions to these fields include Historical Role Analysis in the Study of Religious Change: Mass Educational Development in Norway, 1740-1891, published in 1990 in the ASA Rose Monograph Series. The work critically examines the interaction between the development of literacy (as an aspect of “mass education”) and the process of differentiation of religious viewpoints and styles of religious behavior during a period of significant social and economic transition. He has published articles and reviews in his fields in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, the International Review of Sociology, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Social Forces, and American Journal of Sociology, among others. He most frequently wrote for Comparative Studies in Society and History, then-edited by Sylvia Thrupp, where his most influential article, “A Handbook for Historical Sociologists,” was published in July 1968.
For 43 years, Professor Flint was an enthusiastic and supportive teacher of undergraduates, and mentor to graduate students. At Binghamton, he taught courses in the sociology of religion; the sociology of music, literature, and the visual arts; and a senior seminar in sociological theory. He sat on more PhD dissertation and Master’s committees across more programs than most, particular in history, but also in anthropology, art history, political science, music, and English. Works in progress, like “Is a Sociology of Music Possible?” and “The Changing Social Worlds of Agatha Christie, 1920-1976,” also reflected the wide-ranging and multidisciplinary nature of his intellectual interests.
Professor Flint was director of the Religious Studies Program from 1982-88, for which he organized an annual series of cross-disciplinary faulty-student colloquia. His greatest contribution in teaching was in the undergraduate division, where he devoted most of his time and energy to the education of undergraduates. He reveled in the diversity of the students at Binghamton, long before the term became a buzzword, because he found them so interesting and because he was always interested in people, regardless of their background or status. He was particularly supportive of those students, who, like himself, were among the first in their families to attend college. One telling statement about him as a teacher was made to me by a long-time colleague who said that in more than 30 years, he never heard John Flint say an unkind thing about a student.
Professor Flint retired from active teaching in 2000. Particularly important for John was his participation in the local Unitarian Universalist Congregation, which was as much a part of his Norwegian-American background (his father was a Unitarian Universalist minister) as his love of Grieg and Ibsen and his pride in the rationality of Norwegian democratic socialism. He was a life-long advocate for peace and social justice and his commitment only increased with age. An avid lover and supporter of live classical music in the Binghamton community, Professor Flint will be fondly remembered there for hosting numerous chamber music gatherings at his home and for his substantial support of the arts. A generous and loving husband and father, he took great pride in supporting the professional and political work of his family. He is survived by his daughter Portia Johnson, a psychological counselor in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and son Adam Flint, assistant professor of sociology at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. His wife of 36 years, Dr. Frieda Flint, well-remembered for her outstanding work as a clinical psychologist and peace activist, died on December 29, 1995.
In retirement he returned to his project, as he called it, examining changing historical relations between clergy and laity in western Europe, from the early church (c. 300) to 1914. Not infrequently I would come down to breakfast and he would remark, “Adam, I’ve just spent the morning in late antiquity, and boy it’s exciting” and his enthusiasm for the recent historically sophisticated literature on the subject was as infectious as ever. Donations can be made in his memory to the Binghamton-El Charcón Sister City Project www.tier.net/~elcharcon/, PO Box 444 SVS, Binghamton, NY 13903. Friends and Colleagues wishing to contact the family may write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1006 Powderhouse Road, Vestal, NY 13850.
Adam Flint, Hartwick College
Butler A. Jones
Butler A. Jones died May 9, 2003, at his retirement center in Delaware, Ohio. He was 86, and remained active and alert almost to the end, in spite of numerous chronic health problems. Dr. Jones’ many acts of leadership in service to the profession, his academic institutions, the community, and indeed the nation, are legendary. A past president of the North Central Sociological Association and the Association of Black Sociologists, he was a central figure in the founding of the latter group as well as the ASA’s DuBois-Johnson-Frazier award and Minority Fellowship program. He was president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) at all three of his colleges, and later served for several years on the AAUP national executive council. In Cleveland he served on over a dozen major public boards and commissions. Among his many other national activities, he was an early member of the Amistad Restoration committee.
Dr. Jones retired from Cleveland State University in 1982, where he was chair of sociology from 1969-1975, during the formative years of the department. He began teaching at Talladega College in 1943. In 1952 he came to Ohio Wesleyan University and was its first Black professor, later becoming chair of sociology. A bronze bust of Dr. Jones, sculpted by his long-time friend Eb Haycock, stands at the entrance to the department.
Jones was born July 22, 1916, in Birmingham, Alabama. His mother was a casualty of that year’s flu epidemic, causing him to be raised in nearby rural Dothan by his maternal grandparents, Anna and Henry Butler. Henry had lived in slavery through adolescence, and was an important early teacher for Butler. After attending a local high school run by black parents, he moved to Atlanta and studied at Morehouse College and Atlanta University, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, respectively, in 1937 and 1938. His PhD from New York University came in 1955 after his career was well underway.
Dr. Jones’ first job was teaching Social Studies for four years at the Atlanta University laboratory school, where his remarkable students included Martin Luther King, Jr., and sociologist Larry Bobo’s mother. During that time he conducted background research as one of the contributing young scholars in the Carnegie-Myrdal Study of the Negro in the United States, which resulted in Myrdal’s Nobel prize-winning classic, An American Dilemma. Throughout the 1940s and early 50s he contributed several briefs for the NAACP in support of school desegregation, including one for Thurgood Marshall’s successful 1954 Supreme Court pleading. His steady pursuit of social justice, however, was not without an occasional light touch. After moving north, Jones surreptitiously and with wry humor got himself on the mailing list for the Mississippi White Citizen’s League newsletter and was counted as one of their members.
In his teaching, Dr. Jones insisted on high academic standards for all students, regardless of the subject matter or level of instruction. At Cleveland State he successfully promoted the curriculum concept that all students would benefit from rigorous course work on the Black experience. The three courses he developed for this purpose—Black-White Interaction, the Black Family, and the Black Community—continue to be taught as popular electives that fulfill the University’s diversity requirement. Another mark of his teaching was to use original sources whenever possible. Among the many sociologists that Dr. Jones helped develop was Edgar Epps. Epps recalled how as a student of young Butler Jones at Talladega he had the opportunity and challenge to read two books for the freshman honors seminar—the complete text of An American Dilemma and Oliver Cromwell Cox’s critical alternative, Caste, Class, and Race.
Beginning in 1995 and 1996, respectively, Ohio Wesleyan and Cleveland State have held annual Jones lecture series on contemporary issues in American race relations. A heart-warming parade of leading scholars has appeared at both schools to pay tribute to Dr. Jones, many of whom counted him as a major career mentor. Until the past couple years Dr. Jones regularly appeared at both lectures to give the closing commentary, always the highlight of the evening no matter how accomplished the main speaker.
He leaves to the profession a legacy of scholarship, teaching, and community service in the very best sense of these three terms.
Dr. Jones was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Lillian Webster Jones, in 1978, and his second wife Mary Moran Martin, in 1995. He is survived by his stepdaughters Alice Miller of Cleveland and Cynthia Stevens of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A memorial service was held on May 25 at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Delaware. Contributions in memory of Jones may be made to the Butler Jones scholarship fund, c/o The Cleveland State University Foundation, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-2214.
William Morgan and Mareyjoyce Green, Cleveland State University
Carl B. Klockars
Carl B. Klockars, 57, professor of criminal justice and sociology, died on July 24.
Klockars had been a member of the University of Delaware faculty since 1976, and wrote extensively on professional crime, criminological theory, and the moral dilemmas of policing and police use of force.
With colleagues, he had recently completed a study, entitled “Enhancing Police Integrity,” that seeks to understand the mechanisms through which police agencies may create organizational environments that enhance and encourage integrity.
Klockars was the author of five books, more than 50 scholarly articles, and numerous professional papers. He had served as a nationally elected vice president of the police section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
He was a pioneer in building collaborative research relationships between police and academics.
Born in Providence, RI, Klockars was a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, c/o the R.T. Foard & Jones, 122 West Main St., Newark, DE 19711.
Adapted from the University of Delaware Daily
Ruth C. Schaffer
Ruth C. Schaffer, 77, died in College Station, TX, after complications from heart surgery on January 28, 2003. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Albert Schaffer, of College Station, TX; and by her daughters, Edith Schaffer and Pamela Wade, of San Francisco, CA.
Schaffer received her AB degree in 1947 from Hunter College, her MS from Pennsylvania State University in 1949, and her PhD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1954. She taught at Cleary College, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Alabama before coming to Texas A&M University in 1971.
She met her husband, Albert Schaffer when they were both graduate students at the University of North Carolina. She and he conducted community research for most of their careers. Ruth’s first book on community (Community Organization: Action and Inaction (University of North Carolina Press)) was co-authored with Floyd Hunter in 1956. In 1970, she published Woodruff: A Study of Community Decision-Making Patterns (University of North Carolina Press), co-authored with Albert Schaffer. In the 1970s and 1980s, she and Al focused upon how issues of water affected communities’ politics and development.
Ruth was a devoted teacher and single-handedly managed a social work program that trained many students. From the time she first taught a class at A&M in 1971 to the time she last taught a class in 1998, she was known for the long hours she spent with students, and her insistence that students learn to conduct research and write. In 1982, in recognition of her commitment and skill, she received the Former Student Association College level teaching award.
But, Ruth was best known throughout Texas A&M and Texas for her relentless advocacy of diversity for the faculty, staff, and students. (Of course, her commitment to the issues of race and diversity were not new. When she taught Race Relations at the University of Alabama, the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan frequently followed her to school. He made it perfectly clear to her that he knew who she was. On her part, she made it clear that she knew who he was and she was not to be intimidated.) For many years, she served as Chair of the President’s Committee on Minority conditions. She continued her involvement even after her official retirement. Ruth was known for her no-nonsense approach to this issue. Never intimidated, Ruth took responsibility for collecting, organizing, and reporting data about minority hiring and enrollment. She was famous for her frank responses to questions and her constant reminder that Texas A&M owed it to the state of Texas to be more representative. It was but a few months before her death that Ruth had presented her last report to the Faculty Senate. Faithful to her commitment and her insistence that the university just was not doing enough, Ruth chastised the faculty for their inactivity. It seems a fitting memory: Ruth articulating the hard truth and urging all involved to work toward a more diverse community.
Rogelio Saenz, Dudley Poston, and Jane Sell, Texas A&M University
Robert Neal Wilson
Bob Wilson, a medical sociologist who used literature to analyze culture, probably preferred being known as a poet before all his other roles. Several books and many articles on topics such as hospitals and epidemiology (more than 20), three or four books on literature and the arts, as well as some 20 more related articles, attest to a rich and prolific intellectual life.
Perhaps his most important legacy for our discipline is reflected in Bob’s 1952 doctoral study of American poets, Man Made Plain (Howard Allen, 1958), and Arts in Society (Prentice-Hall, 1964). This collection, which he wrote and edited, was one of the first attempts by an American sociologist to connect with the European social and sociological interpretation of the arts, as had, for example, de Stael, Marx, Engels, Tomars, Sorokin, and Lowenthal. Wilson’s experience at Cambridge in 1945-46, as Fulbright Scholar in Lund University, Sweden, in 1975, and his three faculty assignments with the World International Center of Excellence in Leeuwarden, Holland, indicates how widely he ranged beyond parochial roots.
Wilson served as a consultant to more than a dozen professional organizations such as the Carnegie Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Endowment for the Arts. He was especially proud of his involvement with the annual conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, where we first met Vera Zolberg, Richard Peterson, Judith Balfe, and others whose work seeded the ground for the burgeoning Culture Section of the American Sociological Association.
In the 12 years after retirement (having served six years as chairman of the department of Mental Health at the University of North Carolina) he left sociology for “the belles lettres” to “relish the freedom to mess around with poems and essays.” He also claimed he was undertaking another “liberal education” when he served as a museum docent in recent years. His emotional and political instincts also were involved in a faculty seminar on “forgiveness” in which the Holocaust was a central issue—a subject of mutual interest because of the anthology on Anne Frank that my wife and I had compiled a few years ago.
A few months before his death on December 20, 2002, our Alma Mater, Union College, published a memoir of his post-war job (at 80 cents an hour) as a reader to a fellow student, Alan Gowman, blinded by shrapnel at Anzio. In it are the essential elements of Bob’s humanistic approach to sociology. He wrote:
I here encountered one of the first rewards of my later vocation as a teacher: to see a mind come alive with intellectual vibrancy....
I was introduced to the blind world, learned the modalities of helping and the equally important lessons of when not to help....
In that memoir Bob recounted how Helen Keller visited Alan and he whispered to her: ‘Protect me from mercy killers!’ Alan also told Bob of a remark by George Homans, his teacher at Harvard, who used the expression “Do you see?” and who then blurted awkwardly that he shouldn’t have said that. One of Alan’s first professional articles was based in part, Bob wrote, “on our time together, an analysis of how a companion to a blind person may be appropriately educated into suitable behaviors. I helped him write his dissertation, later to become a book, The War Blind in American Social Structure.” Bob is survived by his wife Joan and two daughters from a previous marriage.
Hyman A. Enzer, Professor Emeritus, Hofstra University
Bette Woody, educator, prolific scholar and urban activist, died at her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 31, 2003. A person of great tenacity and high energy, she led a very interesting and full life. Her selflessness and modesty masked her many accomplishments.
Reared in Wilberforce, Ohio, Bette grew up on a ‘’sundown’’ farm that her father Nelson Woody worked after his day job as a civilian accountant for the U.S. Air Force. Her mother, Elizabeth, was a grade school teacher in nearby Xenia. As the middle child of three children, Bette stated that her childhood memories are many and clear. In a 1991 book, Heaven Is Under Our Feet, she indicated that they “include planting sweet potatoes in the mud and rain when I was 3 or 4, growing a garden a year or two later, nursing an injured owlet back to full flight, and exploring the end of our branch through the pasture to where it widened into Massey’s Creek.’’
Receiving her BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Bette subsequently earned a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University and a doctorate in planning, public policy, and urban analysis from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bette’s professional and academic career underwent several transitions where she frequently found herself at the forefront of change and innovation. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she moved to New York, where she worked briefly for Sports Illustrated and then in an architectural design studio. She was then lured to Europe by a “culture nouveau for Blacks” where she worked in Paris as a research assistant to an American writer. She then moved to Rome where she was employed as a planner for a private consulting firm. It was there that she met her husband-to-be Al Huerby. They both were assigned to work on a plan to develop a new infrastructure for Libya, which unfortunately was later thwarted by the coup by Moammar Khadafy.
Upon returning to the United States, Bette focused her efforts on acquiring her doctorate, concentrating on urban and environmental issues. In 1975, she became the first commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management. During her tenure, she worked to preserve Walden Pond and other green spaces from further development. She also worked as Legislative Assistant to Senator Edward Kennedy in 1984-85.
Moving from public service to academia, Bette assumed faculty positions at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Columbia University School of Architecture and Planning, and the University of Maryland’s Institute for Urban Studies. She joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 1985 achieving tenure in the College of Public and Community Service, after a long and hard fought battle. At the time of her death, she was a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at UMass-Boston serving on the faculty of the Sociology Department. She also had served as a visiting professor at University of California-Berkeley and the University of California-Santa Cruz.
Bette had numerous friends among sociologists and urban planners, although she did not formally join the ranks of sociology until fairly late in her academic career. Through her work on women’s employment and the glass ceiling, she became active in the sociology organizations and their annual meetings. She served on the professional ethics committee for the ASA and was on the editorial board of the ASA journal Sociological Practice Review. For the Association of Black Sociologists, she chaired the awards committee and participated on the annual program committee for several years. She was a regular presenter at the ASA, Association of Black Sociologists, and Eastern Sociological Society annual meetings. At these meetings she would take the time to meet friends, and during these social interactions, one could anticipate having a profound, intellectual and often, humorous conversation, given that she was an avid reader who kept up to date on national and international issues of public policy. Bette was also an active member of the American Association of University Professors, serving on their committee on the status of women from 1990-97.
Writing for publication came easily for Bette and she published two books, numerous monographs, and journal articles. Her earlier work focused on urban planning issues, governance, and city infrastructure, culminating in Managing Crisis Cities (Greenwood Press, 1983). Her passion however, was doing research on women and employment, and over her academic career, she published articles ranging from “Black Women in the Emerging Services Economy” (Sex Roles, 1989) to “U.S. Policy and Working Women of Color” (Stanford Law Review, 1992). She subsequently published the book Black Women in the Workplace (Greenwood Press, 1992). Bette was also the recipient of numerous research grants to examine barriers to employment and advancement for women in America, especially women of color. Most recently, her efforts had focused on women in managerial positions, women on corporate boards, and women-owned businesses. Her work on women and glass ceiling experiences led to her involvement with the International Association for Feminist Economics, where she spent consecutive summers doing comparative work at the University François Rabelais in Tours, France.
Adding to her scholarly endeavors, Bette assumed the editorship in 2002 of Race and Society, the official journal of the Association of Black Sociologists. She undertook this challenge with much enthusiasm and a strong intellectual and personal commitment. In the absence of institutional support, Bette used her own financial resources to obtain student assistance to help her with the journal.
Always the urban activist and environment preservationist, just prior to her illness, Bette acquired funding to establish an urban environmental academy at UMass-Boston to teach city dwellers how to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. The academy will focus on issues like safe neighborhoods, social equality, jobs, and transportation.
Although Bette had a full academic life, she took time to enjoy classic films, gardening, Broadway musicals, the symphony, international travel, flea markets, and, of course, Filene’s Basement. Bette’s death is a profound loss to her spouse, Al Huerby, her two siblings, Nelson and Lloyd Emerson Woody, numerous friends, colleagues, and the profession.
Diane Brown, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, and Mary Holley, Montclair State University
Official Reports and Proceedings
Minutes of a Meeting of the American Sociological Association Council
Monday, March 31, 2003
Members Participating: William Bielby (President), Michael Burawoy, Craig Calhoun, Esther Chow, Robert Crutchfield, Jennifer Glass, Arne Kalleberg, Deborah King, Rhonda Levine, Victor Nee, Barbara Reskin, Barbara Risman, Lynn Smith-Lovin.
Members Unable to Participate: Linda Burton, Elijah Anderson, David Grusky, Bernice Pescosolido, Ivan Szelenyi, Pamela Walters.
Staff Participating: Sally Hillsman (Executive Officer), Michael Murphy.
1. Call to Order
The ASA Council met by telephone conference call at 8:00 pm on Monday, March 31, 2003. Upon obtaining a quorum, the meeting was called to order by President Bielby at 8:06 pm.
2. Member Resolution
Bielby reported to members that several ASA members had prepared a resolution on the current US-led war in Iraq, and had circulated that resolution among members seeking their support. Earlier that day, the sponsors submitted the resolution along with 784 names in support of the resolution.
ASA Bylaws require that member resolutions have at least 3% membership support in the form of signatures on a petition in order to be considered. Staff reviewed the names offered in support of the petition on behalf of Secretary Kalleberg who certified based on this review that, while not all names provided were current members of ASA, more than the necessary 3% had been provided.
The resolution submitted reads:
The American Sociological Association comprises sociologists and kindred professionals who study, among other things, war and peace, democracy and totalitarianism, conflict resolution and violence, systems of inequality and their effects, states and legal orders, nationalism, and nation building.
We believe that foreign interventions that do not have the support of the world community create more problems than solutions. President Bush’s and Prime Minister Blair’s decision to invade Iraq against the wishes of most of the nations of the world will undermine the already weakened UN, the League of Arab States, and the rule of international law, and will bring more harm than good to the Iraqi people.
We also believe that the threat of terrorism is not ameliorated by this intervention in Iraq. Instead of lessening the risk of terrorist attacks, this invasion could serve as the spark for multiple attacks in years to come.
This statement is not issued, and should not be construed in any way, as supporting the dictatorship of President Hussein or his regime. Our major concern with Bush and Blair’s policy is not the stated end but with the means.
Hence, the American Sociological Association calls for an immediate end to the war against Iraq.
President Bielby led Council’s discussion of the options available in response to this member-initiated resolution. He indicated that because the Members Resolution had been signed by 3% of the eligible voting membership, the Bylaws required that the resolution go to the membership for a vote in the upcoming election ballot unless Council voted to endorse the statement as written as the official position of the Association. Bielby called for a non-binding straw poll of Council members to get a sense of Council’s initial position on endorsing the Members Resolution. Council members participating were unanimously opposed to Council endorsing the statement contained in the member resolution as ASA policy without further discussion as to its content and available options.
While Council was uniformly against Council accepting the Member Resolution forthwith, members’ reasons were numerous and varied. Most Council members, however, agreed that they did not think Council should take such an action without additional information on where the general membership stands on the question of ASA taking an official position on the war. Other concerns expressed included the following: that the statement did not display specifically sociological knowledge and scientific expertise brought to bear on an important policy issue; that the lack of a sufficient sociological basis for taking such a stand could undermine the credibility of the Association and the discipline; that it was not clear whether a scholarly association should take positions that are not directly related to the profession or discipline or based on scientific expertise and thus many other associations were not taking official positions on the war; that there might be a backlash from federal agencies affecting sociology funding; and that there was no clear distinction drawn between an Association stand that was morally-based and one that was scientifically based.
Council members felt uniformly that an issue of this magnitude required the fullest possible discussion among and input from the Association’s membership. When asked about electronic options to facilitate such discussion, Executive Officer Hillsman reported that there is currently a system for “threaded discussions” on the ASA website. That mechanism, however, has not been utilized recently. She reported that this discussion system could be activated, made prominent and easily accessible to members via the ASA homepage, and that a discussion could be stimulated by inviting members with different perspectives on the issues raised by the Member Resolution to offer initial comments.
A member of Council suggested that perhaps Council could draft an alternative statement that would address the concerns raised by members of Council. Others, however, felt that sociology was probably not in a position to make claims about the consequences of this war, and even if it could make a credible scientific statement, it would be a difficult job to assemble a committee of scholarly experts to undertake this task in a timely manner.
Several members expressed feelings of ambivalence, noting personal opposition to the war, but reluctance to have the Association take an official policy stand. One member expressed dissatisfaction that the Association had not used sociological knowledge and expertise more frequently in the past to bring scientific knowledge to bear on important public policy debates. Yet the same member agreed that the current issue was substantially different from Council’s recent decision to submit an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of considering race in university admissions and to craft an Association policy statement on the importance of continued public collection of data on race.
Burawoy proposed that rather than Council taking a position for or against the Member Resolution that Council assist the Association’s members decide the question by helping them frame the issues presented by this resolution when they cast their vote for or against the Resolution in the upcoming election. In addition, he suggested that Council also provide members with the opportunity on the ballot to express their personal opinions about the war in a vote that was independent of their vote on whether the Association should accept the Members’ Resolution as official ASA policy.
Hillsman reported that in the 1968 when the ASA confronted the member concerns about the Vietnam War, the membership voted both on whether the Association should take a formal position on that war and on what the membership’s opinions were on whether the US should withdraw from Vietnam.
Burawoy suggested that Council provide members with a list of the key issues that had been raised by Council in its own discussion of the Resolution and ask members to think about those points while deciding how to vote on this question.
Council members expressed agreement, noting that while it is a personal obligation of citizens in a civil society to oppose the actions of their government if they disagree with those actions, members may disagree about whether a policy statement by the ASA was the best means to do this. Hillsman reviewed the guidelines that had been adopted by Council in 2001 about criteria to be used in making policy statements on behalf of the Association’s membership. Members of Council agreed that the language utilized in that report would be useful as part of the framing of this issue for the membership.
Bielby called for a vote of those in support of Council framing the issue for members; nine members were in favor, two were opposed, and one abstained.
Council continued the discussion, ultimately accepting general framework provided by Burawoy, in which Council would frame the issue for members along the following lines: “In light of the gravity of this issue, and in the interest of public debate within the Association, Council proposes to send the Member Resolution to the entire membership, encouraging members to consider the following issues in deciding how to vote on the statement as official ASA policy.” Burawoy suggested that the issues listed could include, among others, scientific evidence in support of the statement, whether all ASA positions should be of a scientific nature, the risk of retaliation, and the risk of damaging the legitimacy of the society.
Bielby again called for a vote of Council; 11 members were in favor on the plan outlined by Burawoy; one member abstained.
Following consideration of this option, Council voted unanimously to support the idea of presenting members with an additional question which would provide them with an opportunity to give their opinion on the war.
3. Appointment of Sub-Committee
Bielby appointed a sub-committee of Council composed of Michael Burawoy, Deborah King, Jennifer Glass, and Victor Nee, with Michael Burawoy as facilitator, to draft the framing statement for the Member Resolution on the ballot and to draft the second question on the war to be presented to the members. The Sub-committee is to report back to the full Council to review the drafts. Given the timetable for completion of the ASA election ballot, the sub-committee will proceed immediately with the intent of have language ready for Council review this week. Since Council has decided on an approach, there is no need for an additional conference call or vote to ratify the sub-committee’s language.
With no additional business for consideration, Bielby thanked the members of Council for their attention to this issue and thoughtful participation. The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 pm.
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