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One of the activities of ASA presidents—if interested—is to participate in regional sociological association meetings. The ASA also facilitates presidents visiting under-resourced universities to give talks and discuss the Association with circles of students and faculty. My first trip as ASA President was to attend the Mid-South Sociological Association annual meeting in Little Rock in October. With me on this trip was Göran Therborn, a distinguished Swedish sociologist teaching at Cambridge University in England, who had been lecturing at the University of Wisconsin in the days before the Mid-South Meeting. While in Little Rock, I visited Philander Smith College, a historically black liberal arts college. As things developed, Göran and I also spent a few hours at the Occupy Little Rock encampment where we were asked to lead a discussion around our perspectives on social justice and the occupy movement.
Policy leaders examine the past and look toward the future Brad Smith, Director ASA Office of Public Affairs and Public Information Social scientists need to communicate the value and importance of their research to policy makers in Washington, DC, and throughout America if they want to receive more financial support in the future, a Congressman told Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) members.
The American Sociological Association is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for ASA Officers, Committee on Committees, Committee on Nominations and Committee on Publications. Ballots for the 2012 ASA election will be sent in early May 2012.