December 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 9

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Making Class Prep Easier:
ASA’s New Digital Library of Sociological Teaching Materials

Imagine: Professor Jones is teaching a course on the Sociology of Gender. He is looking for current materials on beauty image and pop culture. He goes online and logs onto the ASA digital library of sociological teaching materials, where he enters the search terms "beauty" and "pop culture." He indicates that he wants to see class activities, movie lists, lectures, and images related to this topic. After a brief search, the system delivers a list of downloadable files. He downloads the files he wants, edits them for his own use, and is ready for class an hour later.

With ASA’s newest technological advancement this scenario will no longer be only an imagination. The digital library, currently unnamed, will debut at the 2009 ASA Annual Meeting. It is being designed as an interactive website that offers a variety of teaching resources that can be downloaded in an adaptable format.

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First "Sociological Forum" of the International Sociological Association

Barcelona, September 5 — This fall the International Sociological Association (ISA), which has a long history of organizing the quadrennial World Congress of Sociology conferences, launched an innovation intended to invigorate the ISA and build increased visibility for this 59-year-old Madrid-based organization. Designed to make ISA a more indispensable player in advancing sociology transnationally, the innovation consists of a new kind of conference organized by the ISA Research Council, which represents the 55 Research Committees, two Working Groups, and four Thematic Groups that comprise ISA.

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Seeking Nominations for
ASA Officers and Committees

The American Sociological Association will soon announce the full slate of candidates for the 2009 election of ASA Officers, Committee on Committees, Committee on Nominations, and Committee on Publications. Until then, ASA Bylaws provide the option for members of the association to nominate additional candidates. Petitions supporting additional candidates for the offices of President-Elect, Vice President-Elect, and Secretary must be signed by at least 100 supporting voting members of the Association; petition candidates for other positions must receive the supporting signatures of at least 50 voting members.

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