April 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 4

Looking Forward to the 2008 ASA Annual Meeting in Boston

Three Plenary Sessions at 2008 ASA Meeting Focus on Policy, Globalization, and Immigration

The 2008 ASA Annual Meeting program will feature three exciting plenary sessions that address key questions related to the theme of "Worlds of Work": (1) policies that offer the promise to restore the "American Dream;" (2) the impacts of globalization on work; and (3) immigration between the United States and Mexico. In the previous issue of Footnotes, I described the opening plenary (July 31 at 7:30 pm) on the Future of the American Labor Movement. Below is an overview of the other three plenary sessions that will be featured on the program.

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Green Initiatives on the Rise
at the ASA

As a major professional association of almost 15,000 members, ASA’s environmental impact is considerable. Given the magnitude and severity of the environmental issues we now face, it is incumbent on us to take actions to mitigate our environmental impact. Over the past year, a small working group—composed of representatives from the Environment and Technology Section (ETS) and staff of the ASA Executive Office—has been developing a series of initiatives to reduce the ASA’s ecological footprint. This working group has developed several initiatives to address this issue.

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Communal Grief and Solidarity after 4/16/07 at Virginia Tech

vt_memorial.jpgBelow, we express our experiences with the mass shootings, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history, which occurred at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. These are experiences we wish we did not have and many of them are too personal to share. We share those experiences that we can make sense of through our sociological perspectives and training. Even as we write this, our colleagues at Northern Illinois University are involved in a tragedy of their own and our hearts go out to them.

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