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Special Plenary and Reception Opens the 2002 Annual Meeting

The 2002 Annual Meeting opens with a special plenary on the evening before the first full day of regular program sessions. All members are invited to attend the Opening Plenary Session on “The Social Dimensions of Terrorism” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, followed by a reception.

The topic for this opening session was carefully chosen. Terrorism is a public policy challenge and often a private tragedy. But it is also a social phenomenon. It depends on social organization, is shaped by patterns of social interaction and public space, is a tactic used by some social movements, and is informed by culture, social psychology, and other social processes. This panel, chaired by ASA President Barbara Reskin, Harvard University, will look at terrorism in general and the events of September 11, 2001, in particular, exploring the social context and significance of these actions.

Speakers at this timely plenary include Neil J. Smelser (University of California, Berkeley), Craig Calhoun (Social Science Research Council and New York University), Nilufer Gole (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; and Bogazici University, Istanbul), and Timur Kuran (University of Southern California).

At the conclusion of the plenary session, all attendees are invited to the ASA Welcoming Party. This gala reception is open to all registrants of the 2002 Annual Meeting.

Please keep these special events in mind as you plan your travel schedule to Chicago. Come celebrate the start of this year’s Annual Meeting on the evening of August 15!