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August 12, 2005

Dear Members of the Media:

Welcome to the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in Philadelphia, PA.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Comparative Perspectives, Competing Explanations: Accounting for the Rising and Declining Significance of Sociology.” An exciting set of program sessions has been designed with this theme in mind, and includes timely topics such as America’s uninsured, the women and science, academic freedom, nationalism and capitalism, culture and politics, public policy regarding privatization, and more.

We are pleased to have the media present at ASA’s Annual Meeting. On August 13 at 12:30, a plenary on “Comparative Perspectives on the Rightward Turn in U.S. Politics,” Dan Carter (University of South Carolina), Thomas Frank (What’s the Matter with Kansas), and Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres (The Miner’s Canary) will discuss the growth of conservative power, politics, and culture in America in the last 30 years. Also, in commemoration of ASA’s centennial, the meeting will premieres two documentaries, A Century of Progress: Presidential Reflections and Lester F. Ward: A Life’s Journey, to celebrate sociology’s contributions to an understanding of social life in America.

Press facilities are located in the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, Room 406. Lee Herring, Director of Communications, and Johanna Ebner Olexy, Public Relations Manager, will staff the press facilities. They can be reached at (215) 409-4738. The ASA will work with you in arranging individual interviews, obtaining papers, and meeting any other needs. Please take note of our newest publication, Contexts magazine, a readable, award-winning journal designed to bring interesting and timely social science issues to the public.

If you have any questions after the Annual Meeting, you can reach the Public Information Office at ASA at (202) 247-9871 or

Annual Meeting sessions run from August 13-16. We are eager to help you in any way we can, and we thank you for your interest.

Sally T. Hillsman, Ph.D.
Executive Officer

About the American Sociological Association
The American Sociological Association (, founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science and profession, and promoting the contributions to and use of sociology by society.