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Official Reports and Proceedings

1998-1999 Council Minutes

Monday, August 9, 1999

President Alejandro Portes convened the Council at 2:30 p.m. He welcomed new Council members and elected officers. He thanked Past President Jill Quadagno and those Council members whose terms will be ending at the end of this meeting. He also indicated that, in deference to priority issues on the agenda, the full reports of Secretary Florence Bonner and Executive Officer Felice Levine would be covered in the first meeting of the 1999-2000 Council.

Present: Richard Alba, Catherine White Berheide, William T. Bielby, Florence B. Bonner, Diane Brown, Paul Burstein, Nancy Denton, Paul DiMaggio, Paula England, Joe R. Feagin, Michael Hout, Nan Lin, Carole C. Marks, Douglas S. Massey, Phyllis Moen, Alejandro Portes, Jill Quadagno, Patricia A. Roos, Ann Swidler, Robert Wuthnow.

Staff: Felice J. Levine, Carla B. Howery, Phoebe H. Stevenson, Edward Murguia, Roberta Spalter-Roth, Svetlana Durkovic

Absent: Cora Bagley Marrett, Melvin Oliver, Linda Waite

1. Approval of the Agenda and the Minutes

The agenda was approved as presented. The minutes from the February 1999 meeting had been previously approved.

2. Report of the President

President Portes expressed regret that the year is ending on a negative note, referring to the controversy about the American Sociological Review (ASR). He reminded Council members that, when Council is deliberating on confidential issues, the content of the proceedings are to be kept confidential. Adherence to confidentiality is a collective responsibility of everyone on Council. He noted that disclosure of confidential information had led to negative events that could have been avoided.

Council member England asked whether confidentiality as set forth in the Code of Ethics applied to all Council deliberations or only to issues related to selection of candidates for journal editors. Portes indicated that Council operates under rules of confidentiality only on specific issues like editor selection or other discussion or evaluation of nominees, editors, or staff. Otherwise, he indicated, Council discussion is open, although the custom is to report to the members on content and not the details of who said what.

3. Report of the Secretary

Secretary Bonner reported on the 1998 Audit Report, noting the strong financial state of the Association. She emphasized that the increased market value of ASA long-term investments as well as conservative spending on operating activities contributed to the increase in net assets. The auditor's management letter was also positive, showing that the internal control and adherence to accounting standards are sound.

4. Follow up Discussion on ASR Editor Selection

Background. President Portes introduced the topic by summarizing the events that led to the public discussion about the ASR editor selection process. He indicated that, when the Committee on Publications (COP) was briefed on Council action regarding the editor of ASR, the Committee expressed strong objections to Council's decision not to support its choice of ASR Editors. Portes reported that he recommended an additional meeting for the Publications Committee to discuss this issue. The meeting was held in May where agreement was reached on a series of recommendations to Council regarding editor selection. In June, Michael Burawoy, a member of the Publications Committee, made public a letter of resignation protesting Council's decision. Portes noted that the contents of his letter breached the confidentiality of the proceedings. What followed were numerous e-mail messages and comments as expressed in the ASA Business Meeting regarding the issues of confidentiality and democracy.

General Discussion. Council discussed at length the importance of both confidentiality and open communication between Council and the membership. Council members discussed the possible boundaries and balance among these principles. While they recognized the value of confidentiality, they emphasized that it was important that confidentiality not be viewed as hiding information from the ASA membership. Council believed that a great deal of its deliberation should be open and communicated to the ASA membership. However, on topics where confidentiality is needed, it is important to safeguard that principle, as per the ASA Code of Ethics. Potential candidates for editorships, for example, need to know that the discussion of their candidacy will be private and confidential. Council debated whether more public discussion would or would not discourage candidates from applying for these important professional posts and whether it would affect the quality of the deliberations.

Council member England, a former ASR editor, stated that the length of the recommended list of editors received from the Committee on Publications has varied throughout the years. Secretary Bonner reviewed the process of editor selection and read the relevant sections from the ASA By-laws (Articles 3 and 4). This document does not, however, go to a level of specificity about ranking or confidentiality, although the By-laws make clear that Council may add or delete names submitted by the Committee on Publications and that Council meetings shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order.

Executive Officer Levine said that ASA's customary practice is for Council to hold open meetings except for executive sessions. In past years, a number of members attended meetings as observers. Council minutes are provided in detail to members in Footnotes, but not with attribution about who said what (as might be found in a transcript). She noted that the rationale for this approach is that Council members should feel free to share and test ideas and discuss and change their views as preparation for taking formal votes.

President elect-elect Massey said that confidentiality in the deliberation process encourages individuals to speak frankly. In the case of selecting journal editors, confidentiality may encourage more timid candidates to apply.

Council discussed various mechanisms for calling for an executive session when a significant number of Council members believe this option is needed to fully discuss a topic. Some Council members felt that calling for an executive session might bring negative reactions from the membership. There was consensus that discussions on publications policy should be open, but, when candidates for editorships are being discussed, the normal procedure should be to have an executive session.

Secretary Bonner said that resolutions for editor selection among Council members should be conducted in a way that the discussion is not shared outside. Portes informed Council that the Publications Committee discussed the issue of confidentiality during their meeting on August 8. Vice President Roos expressed concern about the possible gap between the Publications Committee and the Council if Council treats its discussions and decisions as open while Publications still treats its discussions and decisions as confidential. President-elect Feagin suggested that confidentiality needs to be constructed narrowly and not broadly.

Council member Hout suggested that Council needs to respond to the concerns voiced by members at the Business Meeting, preferably in a motion. Council discussed how to convey most accurately clear criteria on how Council bases its editor selection decisions and the rationale behind them. Council member Marks stated that the criticisms concerning the ASR editor selection process and concerns of African-Americans feeling left out of this whole process need to be addressed.

Motion: To hold open Council meetings except when the meeting is called into executive session (according to Robert's Rules of Order) when evaluating candidates for ASA positions and ASA staff. Withdrawn.

Council discussed the motion at length and the merits of this approach versus other actions. President-elect Feagin suggested that an ad hoc committee be appointed to develop a better articulation of issues relating to confidentiality.

A motion was made and seconded to establish such a subcommittee. As a friendly amendment, England suggested that this subcommittee should consist of COP and Council members.

Motion: to appoint a joint subcommittee of Council and the Publications Committee to articulate a policy regarding confidentiality and accountability that addresses the interests of both candidates and the ASA membership. Carried.

Consideration of Resolutions from the Committee on Publications. Council next turned to the specific resolutions of the Committee on Publications regarding how the Committee and Council should operate on matters considered by COP. Council overall responded favorably to these recommendations for improving communication between these two bodies, especially for editor selection.

The first resolution of the Publications Committee was briefly discussed. Bonner said that COP agreed that the Chair of the Publications Committee should present the recommendations coming from the Committee given that the Secretary has a dual role as a member of the Publications Committee and of Council.

Motion: The Chair of the ASA Committee on Publications, or his/her representative, will present the Committee's recommendations to Council on the selection of editors, and other matters deemed of importance. Carried.

Council next took up the second resolution of the Publications Committee. Council was concerned that one implication of a resolution that would return decisions to COP if Council cannot give support is that this procedure would create delays in taking action. Council considered whether COP and Council should meet together to avoid the delay of appointment of six months or more.

Council decided to table this motion and move to the third motion, which, if approved, would make this motion unnecessary.

Motion: If Council rejects the recommendations of the Committee on Publications, Council must return the decision to the Committee with Council's rationale and alternative proposals. Tabled.

Council turned to the third motion. The brief discussion centered on whether Council should establish a subcommittee of COP and Council when selections are in dispute, or whether Council should proceed with its responsibility to make an editor choice. While there was a difference in view, it was more about the appropriate procedure than about the intent for these committees to work together constructively. Council voted and passed the following resolution:

Motion: As a matter of Council policy, if Council rejects all of the recommendations for an editorship by the Publications Committee, a subcommittee of Council and the Publications Committee will be formed to discuss and ultimately prepare a mutual recommendation for Council's consideration. Carried (8 yes; 5 no)

Council members discussed the need to work out the timing of this process so that it did not delay the editor transition process. Also, a question was raised about what the meaning of "mutual recommendation" in the resolution passed by the Publications Committee. President Portes clarified that the subcommittee would arrive at a consensus recommendation but that this recommendation will still require Council's consideration.

Motion: To arrive at a process and schedule for editor selection that, if necessary, can accommodate a subcommittee of Council and the Publications Committee without delaying the transition to the new editor beyond the anticipated date. Carried.

Business Meeting and Member Resolutions on the ASR Editor Selection. Council expressed the view that the concerns articulated at the Business Meeting required a thoughtful response. Council member Marks indicated that Council needed to consider a number of issues relating to the recent ASR editor selection process. She noted that Council needed to consider whether President elect­elect Massey's letter read to Council was confidential. Also, Council's decision to put forward a third proposal for the editorship of ASR after rejecting the first two needs to be revisited. She also expressed concerns that Council did not allocate sufficient time for Council members to review the third proposal.

Levine clarified the sequence of events that led to the distribution to Council of the additional proposals. She indicated that several Council members had requested seeing one of the unranked proposals which, according to the ASA By-laws, Council may consider. She reported that, after consultation with Secretary Bonner and President Portes, she prepared packets for distribution at the Council meeting of all three candidates considered, but not ranked by the Publications Committee. She also noted to Council that it was only in recent years that Council received ranked material in advance; prior to three years ago, all materials from the Publications Committee were distributed at the Council meeting.

Portes said that the two original recommendations for ASR editors from the Committee on Publications were discussed at the Council meeting. He reminded Council that a motion to approve the ranked list submitted by the Publications Committee failed and the resolution to table these recommendations carried. The consideration of additional candidates was allowable under the current By-laws. While at the time Council discussed whether there was sufficient time to read the new material and took no action to defer deliberation, in retrospect, perhaps the agenda did not allow enough time for the review of all proposals. He noted, however, that the process and outcome were legitimate according to the existing By-laws.

Council indicated consensus that the process was legitimate, but chose to discuss three issues: (1) the addition of another proposal to those advanced by the Committee on Publications; (2) whether the presentation of a letter written for one purpose breached confidentiality when shared with Council for another purpose; and (3) whether the process permitted sufficient time for adequate discussion and deliberation.

Secretary Bonner said that, since there was a request from Council, unranked proposals were made accessible at the meeting so as to facilitate the process of decision making among Council members. President elect-elect Massey stated that he read a portion of his own letter to provide his evaluation of the candidate for consideration by Council. He apologized for adding to the difficulty. President-elect Feagin stated that the issue of (lack of) time contributed to rushing the process of decision making and deliberation.

Council turned its attention to the resolution passed at the Business Meeting regarding the ASR editor selection process: That the publications schedule of ASR be continued and the current editor(s) be asked to continue for one year while the entire slate of editorial candidates be revisited by the Council and Publications Committee to be either ratified or revised. Council members thought that they needed to identify meaningful steps that could be taken to respond to the concerns expressed at the Business Meeting. Council thought, however, that the general discussion that took place in offering this resolution could best be addressed by other actions. Also, Council concurred that it should reaffirm its decision to support Camic and Wilson as the duly appointed ASR editors based on their merit and according to the procedures in place.

Motion: Move to table the motion to ask the immediate-past ASR editor to continue as editor until the process could be reviewed and either ratified or revised. Carried (approved 7; rejected 4; abstain 3).

The issue will be revisited at the 1999-2000 Council Meeting chaired by President Feagin.

5. Committee on Publications

Council turned to a consideration of the proposed candidates for editor of the new journal as recommended at its August 8 meeting by the Committee on Publications. Council members with a possible conflict of interest recused themselves.

Motion: To meet in executive session. Carried.

Council discussed the Committee on Publications' recommendations and rationale. President Portes stated that the Committee on Publications had a strongly preferred first choice but was providing Council with a very acceptable alternate candidate so as to move expeditiously forward.

Council initially discussed the proposals of the two candidates who were advanced by COP. Some members of Council expressed concerns that the material was just distributed and that they should have more time to review the proposals. A suggestion was made and accepted that the topic and final action should be deferred until the first meeting of the 1999-2000 on the following day.

6. Update on Council Recommendations on ASA Policymaking and member Resolutions

President Portes provided a summary of the background and history, including the outreach efforts undertaken this spring to solicit member input and the current year-long comment period. Since no in-depth discussion was afforded during the Business Meeting, Executive Officer Levine suggested that additional outreach efforts should be made in the fall (e.g., through the use of Footnotes and the ASA homepage) to solicit member views. Council members supported this idea especially given the sentiment expressed at the Business Meeting that Council was perceived to proceed too quickly on certain issues without giving members enough time to debate and provide feedback.

Council adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

Call for Papers


Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting, August 11-12, 2000, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Papers on any aspect of Gypsy Studies are welcome. Send 100-word abstracts to the Program Chair: Matt T. Salo, 5607 Greenleaf Rd., Cheverly, MD 20785; (301) 457-4992; e-mail or

Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, July 28-29, 2000, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. Proposals are due March 1 and registrations are due April 21. Proposal and Registration forms are available on the web site, <> under Conference Schedule.

New England Sociological Association 2000 Spring Conference, April 29, 2000, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT. Theme: "21st Century Sociology: Past Themes and New Directions." Proposals are invited for papers, sessions, roundtable discussions on any aspect of sociological research, teaching or professional development. Submit papers by February 1st to: Judith Lawler Caron, Department of Sociology, Albertus Magnus College, 700 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511-1189; (203) 773-8566; e-mail

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity Conference, November 18-20, 2000, Washington DC. Abstracts for papers and poster sessions are due April 30, 2000. Contact: Nicholas Steneck, Office of Research Integrity, 5515 Security Lane, Suite 700, Rockville, MD 20852; e-mail

Social Theory, Politics and the Arts 26th Annual Meeting, October 12-15, 2000, Washington DC. Theme: "Art, Culture and Policy: Prospects for the 21st Century." Send a panel proposal or paper title and 100-word abstract to: Center for Arts and Culture, Attn: STP&A Conference, 401 F St. NW, Suite 334, Washington, DC 20001. Proposal deadline: April 1, 2000. Contact Mark Hager, Americans for the Arts, e-mail

Society for Utopian Studies 25th Annual Meeting, October 19-22, 2000, Vancouver, British Columbia. To organize a panel or present a paper contact the Program Chair: Nancy Sloan Goldberg, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Middle Tennessee State University #79, Murfreesboro, TN 37132; (615) 898-2281; fax (615) 898-5735; e-mail <>.

Women & Society Conference, June 9-11, 2000. Now accepting proposals, panels, papers on all aspects of women and gender being explored in academia. The conference is feminist and multi and interdisciplinary, now in its 10th year. Contact: J. A. Myers, e-mail by January 28.


Academic Exchange Quarterly (AEQ) special issue to be released Summer 2000 and dedicated to "The Community College". Submit research articles, opinion pieces, or other manuscripts related to the successful operation of the Community College. <>. The call for papers can be found at <>. Deadline for submissions is March 20, 2000. You may submit your contributions via e-mail to Or you may send your manuscript in triplicate to: Linda Serra Hagedorn, Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, WPH 701 E, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0031.

Agencies of Globalization and Identity. Scholars are invited to submit abstracts, proposals, and papers dealing with the many horizons of globalization and identity. Manuscripts should be 25-30 pages. Send two copies and a brief biographical sketch including contact information to: James Murphy, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-1315; e-mail

American Journal of Economics and Sociology. The October 2000 issue will focus on the broad theme of "City and Country: An Interdisciplinary Collection." Interdisciplinary studies are cordially welcomed as are papers in urban economics and planning. All proposals in the form of 200-250 word abstracts must be sent to the editor no later than July 1, 2000, with a target date for delivering the final paper on July 15, 2000. Contact: Laurence S. Moss, Editor, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Babson College, Mustard Hall, Babson Park, MA 02457; fax (617) 728-4947; e-mail LMOS@AOL.COM.

Communication Review invites submissions from those employing critical theoretical and empirical approaches to a range of topics under the general rubric of communication research. Three copies of each manuscript, single-sided and double-spaced throughout (including notes) should be submitted to: Andrea L. Press and Bruce A. Williams, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 505 East Armory Ave., Champaign, IL 61820-6295.

From Feminist Theory to Feminist Practice: Experiential Learning and Activist Strategies in Women's Studies. We are soliciting abstracts for papers, course outlines, course assignments, description of internships programs, videos, and related teaching materials which have proven valuable in working with students to encourage their understanding of and experiential learning about political activism. This edited collection is designed to provide theoretical approaches, methodological strategies, and practical teaching tools for Women's Studies faculty. Deadline for proposals: April 30, 2000. Send the title of your paper, an abstract of approximately 300 words (or a copy of the paper) or other relevant materials with your name, full address, e-mail and phone number to: Nancy A. Naples, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697; (949) 824-5749; fax (949) 824-4717; e-mail

Instructor's Resource Manual on Social Problems, third edition. The ASA Teaching Resource Center is seeking: syllabi, assignments, teaching hints, classroom activities, teaching aids (handouts, questions, other materials), research projects and instructions, and recommended (and preferably annotated) books, internet sites, and audiovisual materials.) Illustrations (cartoons, drawings, tables and graphs) may be included if they photocopy well and don't require copyright clearance. Send both a hard copy and an electronic file (in MS Word or RTF format) to the editors. Send the hard copy of your materials to: Walter Carroll, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA 02325. Send your electronic file(s) attached to an e-mail to: Lutz Kaelber, Lyndon State College, e-mail KAELBERL@MAIL.LSC.VSC.EDU. Copy to Walter Carroll, e-mail

Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, the official journal of the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology, seeks original studies or impression pieces for a special issue from practitioners, scholars, and clinicians on criminal profiles/characteristics for its fall issue. Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, and not to exceed 30 pages in length (including tables, charts, notes, etc). Three copies of the manuscript should be submitted (or one e-mail attachment as an inquiry) accompanied by an abstract of 125 words and a brief biographical sketch of the author/s affiliation and research interests. Manuscripts should follow the APA style of citations, notes, and references. Disc is also required upon acceptance (Microsoft Word). Deadline April 30, 2000. Contact Guest Editor: Dennis J. Stevens, University of Massachusetts-Boston, College of Public and Community Service, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125-3393; e-mail

Minding the Time in Family Experience: Emerging Perspectives and Issues is the third edition for the JAI Press monograph series entitled Contemporary Perspectives on Family Research. Papers must explore some aspect of family experience related to time, but beyond this, there are many possible topics. Papers may be based on empirical research but should emphasize the conceptual and theoretical dimensions of time. Theoretical or methodological papers are also welcome. Manuscripts addressing diversity in family forms and experience are encouraged. Interested authors may e-mail a brief outline of the paper for initial feedback if desired. Completed papers (25-30 pages) are due August 30, 2000. Contact: Kerry J. Daly, Guest Editor, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada; (519) 824-4120 ext.3345; e-mail

Political Sociology Syllabi Set. The ASA Teaching Resource Center seeks submissions of syllabi for undergraduate and graduate courses in Political Sociology as well as syllabi for related special topics and courses. Submissions of innovative instructional materials (e.g. classroom exercises, research projects/ assignments) are also welcome. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2000. To have your syllabus or teaching materials considered for the 2000 edition, please send: one single-sided hard copy of your syllabus and an accompanying version on diskette (in Word or WordPerfect) to: Sarah Sobieraj, Department of Sociology, Social Science 340, University at Albany, Albany, NY 12222.

Qualitative Sociology. Special issue theme: "Qualitative Observations on the University as a Social Change Agent." Articles should deal with attempts by universities to work on progressive social change projects. Articles are due for review September 1, 2000. Abstracts should be submitted by April 15, 2000. Contact: Adam Weinburg, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY 13346; e-mail

Sociological Perspectives. Papers are invited for a special issue focused on the theme: "The Sociology of Interpersonal Relationships." All methodologies are welcomed, as are theoretical papers. However, papers should be primarily sociological in their focus. Deadline: October 1, 2000. Sociological Perspectives, Pitzer College, 1050 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711; e-mail; Please check a current issue or the web page <> for submission information.

Sociology of Sexuality and Sexual Orientation: Syllabi and Teaching Materials. The third edition is currently being prepared for the ASA Teaching Resource Center. Potential contributions include relevant course outlines and syllabi, pedagogical essays, bibliographies and filmographies, games and simulation exercises, assignments, and other materials that may be of value to instructors of courses in this area. Send your contributions to: Tracy E. Ore, Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education, Saint Cloud State University, B118 Education Building, 720 Fourth Avenue South, Saint Cloud, MN 56301-4498. Deadline for submission of materials is April 1, 2000. Please submit materials in hard copy and disk form (note application and version on disk). Please direct any questions to e-mail

Syllabi and Instructional Material for Courses in the Sociology of Law. The ASA Teaching Resource Center will be publishing a second edition in August, 2000. Syllabi, class exercises, related assignments, and any related teaching resources are sought for the new volume. Such information as internet assignments, critical thinking components, essay examination, bibliographies, and innovative methods of teaching the sociology of law would be helpful for the targeted audience. Contributions must be turned in by April 15, 2000 in hard copy and IBM-formatted disk (preferably WordPerfect). Send materials or direct inquiries to the editor: Lloyd Klein, Criminal Justice Program, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, 615 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403; (423) 785-2166; fax (423) 785-2228; e-mail

Transformations: A Resource for Curriculum Transformation and Scholarship. Call for Papers for the Fall, 2000 issue. Seeking a variety of approaches-theoretical essays to short descriptions of pedagogical innovations, which will assist teachers and scholars at all levels who are committed to integrating recent scholarship on gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other identity positions. For more information and special features of the Fall 2000 issue, visit the journal's web site at: .


March 3-5, 2000. Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia (CSEGA) Conference, Marshall University, Huntington, WV. Theme: "Piecing It Together: Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia." Contact: Mary Thomas, CSEGA Office, Marshall University, (304) 696-3348; e-mail <>.

March 5-8, 2000. Research and Training for Children's Mental Health 13th Annual Research Conference, Clearwater Beach, FL. Theme: "A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base." Contact: Department of Child and Family Studies, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida-MHC 2328, 13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612-3807; Maria Peas (813) 974-4661; Lyn Bryan (813) 974-4649; .

March 23-25, 2000. Population Association of America 2000 Annual Meeting, Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA. Contact: Population Association of America, 721 Ellsworth Drive, Suite 303, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 565-6710; fax (301) 565-7850.

March 25, 2000. Central Pennsylvania Consortium Women's Studies Conference, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. Theme: "Women as Agents of Change." Contact: Molly Seidel, Executive Assistant, Central Pennsylvania Consortium, c/o Franklin and Marshall College, P.O. 3003, Lancaster PA 17604-3003; fax: 717-399-4518; email

March 27, 2000. Rural Policy: Issues, Data Needs, and Data Access Conference, National 4-H Center, Chevy Chase, MD. Inquiries can be directed to David Zilberman (University of California-Berkeley,, David Lambert (North Dakota State University,, or David Kraybill (

March 29-April 1, 2000. National Black Graduate Student Association 12th Annual Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. For more information on this conference, please visit the NBGSC website at <> or <>.

April 14, 2000. 21st Annual Arkansas Undergraduate Sociology and Anthropology Symposium, The Mills Center, Hendrix College, Conway, AR. Contact: James R. Bruce, Sociology/Anthropology Department, Box 3398, Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Avenue, Conway, AR 72032-3080; (501) 450-1307; fax (501) 450-1400; e-mail

May 10-12, 2000. Building Family Strengths International Symposium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Contact: Academic Conferences and Professional Programs, 156 NCCE, 33rd and Holdrege Streets, Lincoln, NE 68583-9600; (402) 472-2844; e-mail;

May 18-20, 2000. 4th Annual University of California-Los Angeles/Center for Language, Interaction and Culture (CLIC) Conference, University of California, Los Angeles, CA. Contact: CLIC Graduate Student Association, University of California-Los Angeles, Department of Applied Linguistics, P.O. Box 951531, 3300 Rolfe Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1531; e-mail to;

May 20, 2000. The Working Class at Century's End: Retrospect and Prospect, University of California-Irvine. Contact: Gilbert G. Gonzalez, Director, Labor Studies Program, University of California-Irvine; (949) 824-5273; e-mail

May 25-28, 2000. Global Awareness Society International, Ninth International Conference, Regal UN Plaza Hotel, New York. Theme: "Global Awareness and its Effects on Peace and Reconciliation." Contact: James C. Pomfret, President, Global Awareness Society International, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA 17815; (570) 387-4292; fax (570) 389-3599; e-mail; <>.

May 31-June 2, 2000. Justice Studies Association, Second Annual Conference, Ramada Inn, Albany, NY. Theme: "Confronting Processes and Institutions of Power: Where Restorative Justice and Social Justice Meet." Contact: Justice Studies Association, c/o Dennis Sullivan, Institute for Economic and Restorative Justice, P. O. Box 262, Voorheesville, NY 12186; (518) 765-2468; e-mail

July 9-14, 2000. 6th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement, Renaissance Hotel Conference Center, Jerusalem, Israel. Theme: "Life, Grief, Coping and Continuity." Contact: Conference Secretariat, Peltours-Te'um, Congress Organisers, POB 52047, Jerusalem 91520, Israel, 9 Hauman St., Suite 207, Jerusalem 93420, Israel; (972) 2 648 1245; fax (972) 2 648 1305; e-mail <>.

July 15-19, 2000. International Visual Sociology Association 2000 Annual Conference, Salt Institute for Documentary Field Studies, Portland, ME. Theme: "The Image in Field Work: Assessing Traditions and Envisioning Futures." Contact: Nancy Allen, Box WAK, Wheaton College, Norton, MA 02766; (508) 286-3650; Fax (508) 286-3640; e-mail

July 23-26, 2000. Community Development Society 32nd Annual International Conference, Saint John, Canada. Theme: "Rising Tide: Community Development for a Changing World." Contact: Community Development Society, 1123 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202; (414) 276-7106; fax (414) 276-7704; e-mail <>.

August 10-11, 2000. International Coalition Against Sexual Harassment (Formerly SASH), Ninth Annual Conference, Washington, DC. Theme: "Sexual Harassment in Global Context." For further information and registration material contact conference co-chairs Susan Fineran, Boston University, (617) 353-7912, e-mail; or Patti Giuffre, Southwest Texas State University, (512) 245-2113, e-mail

August 10-13, 2000. Society for Applied Sociology and Sociological Practice Association 2000 Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Washington, DC. Theme: "Unity 2000." Contact: Society for Applied Sociology, Baylor University, Center for Community Research and Development (CCRD), P.O. Box 97131, Waco, TX 76798-7131; (254) 710-3811 <>.

August 11, 2000. Conference on Carework, Howard University, Washington, DC. Theme: "Carework: Research, Theory, and Advocacy". Contact Mary Tuominen, (740) 587-6646; e-mail, for names and addresses of session organizers to whom papers should be submitted. For general information contact the carework listserve at

August 11-13, 2000. Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) 50th Annual Conference, Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC. Theme: "Inventing Social Justice: SSSP and the 21st Century." Contact: JoAnn L. Miller, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN 47907; e-mail; and Earl Wysong, Department of Sociology, Indiana University-Kokomo, Kokomo, IN 46902; e-mail

August 12-16, 2000. American Sociological Association 95th Annual Meeting, Hilton Washington and Towers and Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC. Theme: "Oppression, Domination, and Liberation: Challenges for the 21st Century." For complete details: <>.

August 16-20, 2000. Rural Sociological Society 63rd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. Theme: "Policy and Rural Communities: Challenges for the 21st Century." Contact: Don E. Albrecht, 2000 Program Chair, Department of Rural Sociology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2125; (409) 845-9781; fax (409) 845-8529; e-mail; <>.

August 24-26, 2000. Posting the Male: Representations of Masculinity in the Twentieth Century Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. Contact: Daniel Lea and Berthold Schoene-Harwood, Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University, Dean Walters Building, St. James Road, Liverpool L1 7BR, United Kingdom. Deadline: January 31, 2000. Contact: Cathy Cromby, 0151- 231-5009; e-mail


Columbia University. The Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program announces openings for pre- and post-doctoral fellows beginning July 1 or September 1, 2000. The program provides social scientists, epidemiologists, psychologists and psychiatrists with research skills in psychiatric epidemiology. Training involves course work in substantive issues and research methods, and participation in an affiliated research unit. Post-doctoral stipends range from $26,256 to $41,268 depending on years of experience. Pre-doctoral stipends are $14,668. Application Deadline: March 1. Contact: Training Coordinator, Columbia University, School of Public Health, 630 W. 168th St., EPI PH18-332, New York, NY 10032.

University of Chicago. The Consortium on Chicago School Research seeks African-American and Latino/a candidates for the Spencer Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on Urban Education Reform. Fellows will conduct interdisciplinary research on urban schools, students, families and communities, with particular emphasis on policy and practice intended to improve the academic and social development of urban youth. Fellows will also have the opportunity to engage in research on program design, practice and teacher professional development at the Center for School Improvement. Fellows receive an annual stipend of $45,000 plus health benefits. Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree in education, a social science discipline or related field, including dissertation defense, by the time of appointment. Appointments normally begin September 1, 2000. Preference will be given to scholars awarded doctoral degrees recently. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 1, 2000. Application materials are available at <>. For more information, contact: Nikki Edgecombe, Consortium on Chicago School Research, 1313 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL, 60637; (773) 834-2302; fax (773) 702-2010; e-mail

University of Michigan announces the availability of National Institute on Aging (NIA) postdoctoral and predoctoral fellowships in Social Research training on Applied Issues of Aging. Emphasizes: research methods for studying aging and the aged in applied settings; examination of the social and behavioral influences on health and health care, socioeconomic status, extreme old age, racial/ethnic variations, mental health, and stress and coping; multidisciplinary perspective. Application deadline: April 1, 2000. Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Contact: University of Michigan, School of Social Work, 1080 S. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106; (734) 763-9534; <>.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has issued a request for applications (RFA) to invite qualified investigators to participate in the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN). The Institute has set aside $11 million for up to five awards for a project period of five years. The deadline for completed applications is March 16, 2000. The RFA is posted on the NIDA website <>. Contact the Project Officers: Betty Tai, (301) 443-1428; e-mail; Jack Blaine, (301) 443-0107; e-mail

Population Reference Bureau is accepting applications for the following fellowship and internship programs for the 2000-2001 year: (1) International Programs Fellowship. Full-time position, 12 months. Fellows help with data analysis, the production and distribution of population and health materials for policymakers in developing countries, and other policy and information activities. Candidates must have education or work experience related to population, communication, or public health. Language skills (particularly French or Spanish) also are required. The fellowship pays a minimum of $24,000 annually plus benefits, with the possibility of a higher salary depending on academic background and experience. This position is subject to the availability of funds. Applicants must have at least a BA or BS by June 2000. Résumés must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2000. (2) Domestic Policy Fellowship. This full-time position lasts nine months, starting in August or September 2000. Candidates for the fellowship should demonstrate a strong interest in U.S. population issues and trends (such as children and families, aging, and immigration). The fellow will assist PRB staff with data analysis, dissemination, writing reports, producing material for the internet, and providing information to the public and the media. Domestic Policy fellows work 35 hours a week, receiving a stipend of $13.00/hour plus benefits. Applicants must have at least a BA by June 2000. Résumés must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2000. Contact: Internship Program, Population Reference Bureau, 1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 520, Washington, DC 20009-5728; e-mail:

World Society Foundation funds selected proposals for research on the structure of and change in world society. The next deadline for applications is June 30, 2000. Detailed information is available on the web site: <>. Contact: World Society Foundation, c/o Sociological Institute, University of Zurich, Rämistr. 69, CH-8001 Zurich, Switzerland; +41 1 634 21 51; fax +41 1 634 49 89.


ASA Section on Sociology and Computers announces two awards: (1) Distinguished Research Award. The awards committee will consider research papers and books that address computer-related issues from a sociological perspective. In addition, the committee will consider new or innovative uses of existing software. Submissions involving software should include copies of the software. Three copies of submissions should be sent by June 15, 2000, to: Ed Brent, Award Committee Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211; e-mail (2) Student Paper/Software Award. The awards committee will consider research papers on topics subsumed by the section's name, innovative uses of existing computer software, or designs and implementations of new software. Submissions involving new or existing software should include detailed descriptions of the projects and, if possible, copies of the software. This award includes a prize of $150. Three copies of submissions should be sent by June 15, 2000, to: Denny Benson, Award Committee Chair, Department of Sociology, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242; e-mail

Sociologists' AIDS Network announces its annual competition for the outstanding student paper award. Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled as a graduate or professional student at the time of submission. Applicants should send four copies of a sole-authored published or unpublished paper that is no more than 30 double-spaced pages (including text, tables, figures, and references) by May 1, 2000 to: Norah D. Peters-Davis, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Beaver College, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038; (215) 572-2109; fax (215) 881-8758; e-mail

In the News

Ira J. Cohen, Rutgers University, was quoted in the Newark Star Ledger, December 12, on the cultural consequences of technology over the past 25 years.

Stephen J. Cutler, University of Vermont, was interviewed for the BBC radio program "Analysis" on the social, political and cultural effects of population aging.

Steve Derné, State University of New York-Geneseo, received extensive national print, radio and television coverage in November and December for his article "Let's Get Rid of Our Cigarette Butt Glut" which originally appeared in the November 10 USA Today.

Riley E. Dunlap, Washington State University, was quoted in articles on the environmental component of the anti-WTO protests in Seattle in the Chicago Tribune, December 3rd and the Pullman-Moscow Daily News, December 1st.

Donna Gaines,, was interviewed in November by Chrysalis Television, London, for a documentary about the "Top Ten Girl Groups". She was quoted in a November 22 Newsday editorial about youth alienation. Her work on suburbia was cited in a New York Times article on December 5. She also wrote an opinion piece for Ms. Magazine in December on "Guns and Lobsters," about possibly contradictory policy positions.

Anita Ilta Garey, University of New Hampshire and Center for Working Families at the University of California-Berkeley, was interviewed on KQED-San Francisco Public Radio Station's "Forum" program on November 10, about her book, Weaving Work and Motherhood.

Robert J. Hironimus-Wendt, Millikin University, was interviewed by National Public Radio affiliate WILL in Urbana, IL, November 11. The interview focused on the community's responses to a controversial decision by school board officials to expel seven Decatur high school students for two years after a fight at a local football game in September.

Ray Hutchison, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, was recently quoted in the Detroit Free Press about Hmong street gangs, and in the Appleton (WI) Post Crescent about the social impacts of high density multi-family housing projects in suburban communities.

Philip Kasinitz, City University of New York-Hunter College and Graduate Center, was quoted in a front-page story on the New York Times on immigrants and American politics, December 28. He and Roger Waldinger, University of California-Los Angeles, were quoted in the November 19 New York Times on conflicts between immigrant taxi drivers and African American customers.

Rebecca Klatch, University of California-San Diego, was interviewed on three separate occasions by public radio stations about her recent book A Generation Divided: The New Left, The New Right, and the 1960s.

Tom Linneman, College of William and Mary, was cited in the Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune, November 6, about his research on the perceptions of conservative Christians about the gay and lesbian rights movement.

Robert Manning, American University, was featured in a one-hour show on National Public Radio on student credit cards and bank marketing policies.

Carole Marks, University of Delaware, had her book, The Power of Pride: Stylemakers and Rulebreakers of the Harlem Renaissance (Crown Publishers) listed in the December issue of Marie Claire as a "great gift book."

Maurice Penner, University of San Francisco, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on the fate of St. Luke's Medical Center, then again in Healthcare Strategic Management and California Physician Magazine, on reasons for the failure of medical groups and independent practice associations.

Martin D. Schwartz, Ohio University, had excerpts from his Annual Justice Studies Oration to the Institute of Justice, Adelaide, Australia, published as an op-ed piece in the Melbourne Age, entitled "Why Are We So Afraid?" on October 17. The piece was on the American export of fear of crime to places with lower crime rates.

Theda Skocpol, Harvard University. Her book, Working Families and the Future of American Social Policy, was reviewed in the January 12 Washington Post.

Jackie Smith, State University of New York-Stony Brook, was quoted in a French newspaper, l'Humanite on December 5 regarding her analysis of the anti-World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Her work was also highlighted in Newsday on December 26 about the role of transnational citizen's organizations in promoting peace in the 21st century.

Stephen Zavestoski, Providence College, was quoted in a November 26 article in the Boston Globe on anti-consumption attitudes and "Buy Nothing Day."


Mohammed Bamyeh, New York University, won the 1999 Honorable Mention Award in the Middle East Studies Association's Albert Hourani Book Competition for The Social Origins of Islam: Mind, Economy, Discourse.

Robert Bendiksen, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, received the 1999 George Floro Outstanding Contribution to the Discipline Award from the Wisconsin Sociological Association.

Rand Conger, University of Iowa, received the Victor I. Howery Award from the National Association for Rural Mental Health in recognition of his work on the impact of stress on rural families.

John Dentice, University of North Texas, won the 1999 David Malone Paper Competition.

Riley E. Dunlap, Washington State University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his contributions to the field of environmental sociology.

Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University, received the Charles Horton Cooley Award for his book Moral Tales from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

Michael Flaherty, Eckerd College, is the author of a book, A Watched Pot: How We Experience Time (NYU Press), that has been included in Choice magazine's list of Outstanding Academic Titles, 1999.

Martha K. Huggins, Union College, was awarded the American Society of Criminology's Michael J. Hindelang Award and the New England Council of Latin American Studies Prize for her book Political Policing: The United States and Latin America.

Joyce Miller Iutcovich, Keystone University Research Corporation, received the 1999 Lester F. Ward Distinguished Contributions to Applied Sociology Award from the Society for Applied Sociology.

Korni Swaroop Kumar, SUNY-Potsdam, received the University's President's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors in spring, 1998. In the fall of 1998 he was awarded the Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action Leave.

Helena Lopata and Laurel Richardson, Loyola University-Chicago, received SSSI Mentorship Awards.

David Maines, Oakland University, received the George Herbert Mead Award for career contributions to the advancement of the study of human behavior and social life, from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

John A. Michael, U.S. Department of Agriculture, was presented by the Rural Sociological Society and the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service with certificates of appreciation. The American Evaluation Association's Extension Education Evaluation Topical Interest Group also presented him with an award for outstanding leadership and service.

Kristin Moore, Child Trends, was honored by the Foundation for Child Development for her achievements on behalf of children.

Yoshio Nukaga, PhD candidate, McGill University and Visiting Researcher, Department of International Health, University of Tokyo, received an Abe Fellowship to study "Regulating DNA Banks."

Marifeli Perez-Stable received a Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education (POWRE) award from the National Science Foundation for her project "The Cuban Republic: Themes and Interpretations (1868-1960)." She will spend the year 2000 at Florida International University in Miami where she will teach a graduate seminar on state and national formation in the Caribbean.

Penny Phillips received the Herbert Blumer Award for best graduate student paper from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

Kent Sandstrom, University of Northern Iowa, received the University's 1999 Outstanding Teacher Award for excellence and innovation in classroom teaching.

Lawrence W. Sherman, University of Pennsylvania, has been selected the 1999 recipient of the American Society of Criminology's Edwin H. Sutherland Award for lifetime achievements in the field of criminology.

Charles U. Smith, Florida A&M University, was honored as one of the most influential "FAMUans" of the century by the University. He was also awarded the Tuskegee University Alumni Merit Award.

Kerry Strand, Hood College, received the Martha Church Award for contributions of the college to the community.

Gene L. Theodori, Texas A&M University, received the 1999 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award from the Rural Sociological Society for his paper "The Effects of Community Attachment and Satisfaction on Individual Well-Being," which he wrote while completing his PhD at Pennsylvania State University.

Doris Wilkinson was inducted into the University of Kentucky Social Work Hall of Fame.


Nachman Ben-Yehuda was elected by the faculty council to be the next Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

Dalton Conley has joined the faculty of New York University as Associate Professor of Sociology. He is also Director of NYU's Center for Advanced Social Science Research.

David F. Duncan is now Senior Study Director for the Westat Corporation in Rockville, MD.

Myra Marx Ferree will join the faculty in the Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 2000.

Donna Gaines,, left her teaching job at Barnard to devote herself to writing and surfing. To that end she recently signed a contract with Random House to write a memoir, and is now a charter member of Surfrider Foundation, LI., catching waves from Montauk to Daytona.

Korni Swaroop Kumar, SUNY-Potsdam, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure by SUNY-Potsdam. He was also elected President of the New York State Sociological Association for 1999-2000.

E. Barbara Phillips, San Francisco State University, is Founder-Director of Latitude, a cultural center in the Lot Valley, France, offering summer courses and conferences.

Manuel de la Puente has accepted the position of Assistant Division Chief for Survey Methodology at the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistical Research Division.

Gene Rosa, Washington State University, has been elected Chair of Section K, Social, Economic, and Political Sciences, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Ed Rosenberg, Appalachian State University, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Zoltan Tarr spent the winter semester at Leipzig University (Germany) and conducted a seminar on "American Politics and Political Culture." He also lectured at the Institute for Social Research on "Max Horkheimer and Georg Lukacs on the Jewish Question."

Gene L. Theodori joined the faculty in the Department of Rural Sociology at Texas A&M University in August 1999.

Members' New Books

Peter Max Atteslander, Universitat Augsburg, Comparative Anomie Research: Hidden Barriers-Hidden Potential for Social Development (1999)

Bernard Barber and Uta Gerhardt, University of Heidelberg (editors), Agenda for Sociology: Classic Sources and Current Uses of Talcott Parsons's Work (Nomos Publishers, 1999).

Berch Berberoglu, University of Nevada-Reno, Turmoil in the Middle East: Imperialism, War, and Political Instability (SUNY Press, 1999).

Theresa Dougherty, and Peggy L. Mott, Activities, Field Studies, and Other Fun Stuff for Sociology Students 2nd Edition (Simon and Schuster Publishing, 1999).

Herbert J. Gans, Columbia University, Popular Culture and High Culture, revised and updated edition (Basic Books, 1999).

Todd Gitlin, New York University, Sacrifice (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 1999).

Mark Gottdiener, SUNY-Buffalo and Ray Hutchison, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, The New Urban Sociology 2nd Edition (McGraw-Hill, 1999).

Karla B. Hackstaff, Northern Arizona University, Marriage in a Culture of Divorce (Temple University Press, 2000).

Michael Hechter, University of Washington, Containing Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 2000).

Won Moo Hurh, Western Illinois University, Personality in Culture and Society, 2nd Edition (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2000).

Peter Kivisto, Augustana College, Social Theory: Roots and Branches (Roxbury Publishing Company, 2000).

Lloyd Klein, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, It's in the Cards: Consumer Credit and the American Experience (Praeger, 1999).

J. David Knottnerus and Frederique Van de Poel-Knottnerus, both Oklahoma State University, The Social Worlds of Male and Female Children in the Nineteenth Century French Educational System: Youth, Rituals and Elites (Edwin Mellen Press, 1999).

Mary Pardo, California State University-Northridge, Mexican American Women Activists: Identity and Resistance in Two Los Angeles Communities (Temple University Press, 1998).

Nicole Rafter, Johnson State College, and Debra Stanley, Prisons in America: A Reference Handbook (ABC-CLIO, 1999).

Leland Saito, University of California-La Jolla, Race and Politics: Asian Americans, Latinos, and Whites in a Los Angeles Suburb (University of Illinois Press, 1998).

Stephen Steinberg, City University of New York-Queens College and Graduate Center (editor), Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Issues and Debates (Blackwell Publishers, 2000).

Claire Elizabeth Sterk, Emory University, Tricking and Tripping: Prostitution in the Era of AIDS (Social Change Press, 1999).

Yuzuru Suzuki, Kyushu University, Business Associations in Japan and the United States: Collective Action and Authority Structure (Kyushu University Press, 1999).

Policy and Practice

Joyce Miller Iutcovich and Donald Pratt, Keystone University Research Corporation, received a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to conduct a statewide study on the availability of guardianship services, assess barriers to establishing guardianship services across Pennsylvania counties, and to provide recommendations for change to improve the delivery of services.

Robert Manning, American University, participated in a panel discussion on January 12 on the release of a recent report by the Center for Immigration Studies on immigrants and entrepreneurship.

Luther Otto, North Carolina State University, has been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences twelve-member Youth and Military study committee. The Committee is charged with formulating science-based policy options for Congress and the Department of Defense on restructuring 21st century military recruitment to accommodate a fast-strike military force in response to geopolitical and technological changes.

Other Organizations

Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Millenium Legacy Project. Nominations are requested for the most important books/articles in Canadian sociology in the 20th century. There will be two separate categories: books and articles. Any book or article is eligible to be nominated provided that: it deals with some aspect of Canadian life or its author is/was domiciled in Canada. Nominations must be received by February 28, 2000. Announcement of the results will be made at the CSAA meetings in Edmonton. Contact: Harry H. Hiller, e-mail <>.

Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, University of Washington-Seattle, was established July 1, 1999, to galvanize research, graduate education and undergraduate teaching in statistical methods for the social sciences. It will develop collaborative research projects between social scientists and statisticians, new programs for statistics and social science graduate students, and an innovative introductory statistics sequence for social science undergraduates. It is also running a consulting service, a seed grants program, and a seminar series focused on intellectual interaction. The Center will hire five new faculty, joint between the Statistics Department and a participating social science unit. Contact: Adrian E. Raftery, Director, Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, University of Washington, Box 354322, Seattle, WA 98195-4322; (206) 543-4505; fax (206) 685-7419. <>.

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), International Section. On November 12, the Jan Trost Award for Outstanding Contribution to Comparative Family Studies was established at a ceremony in Irvine, California. The award will be presented at the annual meetings of the NCFR. Jan Trost, a member of ASA and professor of sociology at Uppsala University, Sweden was also the first recipient of the award.


Applied Survey Research (ASR) released a report in November 1999, Monterey County Homeless Census and Needs Assessment, which constitutes the first accurate empirical enumeration of a homeless population. ASR employed several unique methodologies, including deputizing homeless interviewers as well as a mixed-methods approach: a general population survey of formerly homeless, conventional shelter enumeration, and environmental (rural and urban) enumeration. For a copy of the report, contact ASR at (831) 465-6989 or

U.S. Census Bureau invites applications for individual contracts from ethnographers immersed in itineraries or social networks of highly mobile people or organization of complex households in ethnic groups. Research begins February and March 2000. For information on research opportunities for participant observation among mobile people, contact by e-mail: or; for interviewing in complex households, both and, or mail SRD/FOB4, Census Bureau, Washington, DC 20233-9150; fax (301) 457-4931. Include phone.

Caught in the Web

Harvard University. The Global Reproductive Health Forum launches Women of Color Web <www.hsph.> an on-line initiative that offers an electronic space to explore the intersection of gender and "race" on topics such as feminism, sexuality, and reproductive health and rights. It brings together critical scholarship with contemporary Internet resources and provides access to full-length scholarly articles, book chapters, critical essays, and links to related resources. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, e-mail

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies <> now has 40 web pages with useful information, including books available for review.

Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (JoSoTL) <>. Are you actively involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning? Please consider submitting your work to our new web-based journal. We are seeking submissions of research reports, essays, and teaching portfolios. The Editorial Review Board will use a double-blind review process to evaluate the general quality of the work, the value of the reflective content included by the author, and the relative appeal of the report for the readership of the journal. See our website for submission guidelines. All submissions must be in electronic form and should be sent to Randy Isaacson at e-mail

News Releases via Internet electronic mail to subscribers. Subscribers will automatically receive all news releases, fact sheets and media advisories issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) via e-mail. CMHS will be implementing this new service for SAMHSA and all of its components. Subscribing to the news release service requires entering the CMHS web site at: <>. Enter your e-mail address, click on the "Subscribe" button.

University of Pennsylvania announces its new Economic Sociology and Organizational Studies website: .

Sociology On-line Virtual Tour by Professor Bob Wood <>. Sociology Resources on the Web from Anne Arundel Community College, including: (1) Intro to Sociology <> Focus on the Future <>; (2) Social Problems <>; (3) Intro to Applied Sociology <>; (4) On line Academy at AACC (general info) <>; (5) On line Academy Workbook <>, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning <>

William James Discussion List. If you have an interest in the historical, sociological, psychological, philosophical, literary, or any other methodological approach to the understanding, appreciation, and discussion of the pragmatist or symbolic interaction school of thought, in particular that part represented by the works of William James, join the discussion list. To subscribe to the WILLIAMJAMES-L list, send an e-mail message to: (Note: LISTSERV does not require your e-mail address because it will be obtained from the e-mail message.) In the message portion of the email, write: SUBSCRIBE WILLIAMJAMES-L Your First Name Your Last Name.

World Congress Newsletter on the Issue of Globalization within the Global Community <>.

New Publications

Journal of International Women's Studies is a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary, on-line journal focusing on the relationship between feminist theory and activism. It is also open to literary pieces and poetry. We are seeking: (1) people interested in joining our editorial board. We especially need representatives from the sciences and humanities. Please send a Curriculum Vitae and letter of interest to: Diana Fox, Managing Editor, Journal of International Women's Studies, Susan B. Anthony Women's Center, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247; (2) We are seeking submissions. The journal is bi-annual. For our May edition the deadline is April 1, and for the November edition 2000, deadline is September 1. Send (a) hard copy and disk or (b) e-mail attachment to Submissions should be kept to 20 pages, double-spaced, should contain citations within the text and employ endnotes, not footnotes.

Summer Programs

Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching Summer Institute, June 21-23, 2000, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR. Applications are available on our web site <>. Participants will be selected based on type of institution, departmental needs, and other criteria. Applications are due March 1.

National Center for Curriculum Transformation Resources on Women (NCCTRW) at Towson University plans to conduct a summer institute in Barbados from June 12-21, 2000. Participants will stay in a shared (two-person) two-bedroom efficiency apartment with a fully equipped kitchen at a beach residence close to shopping, banking, and transportation. The institute fee is $850 US. To receive further information and/or application contact: (410) 830-3944; fax (410) 830-3469; e-mail


Michael, E. Eckstein, Scottsdale, AZ died on July 18, 1999.

Fenton Keyes died on November 27, 1999.

Elizabeth Briant Lee, sociologist and spouse of past ASA-President Alfred McClung Lee died on December 14, 1999.

Fred Thalheimer, San Francisco State University, died December 21, 1999.


Fred Hoffman

Fred Hoffman (Dr. Frederick Alfred Hoffman), a native son of California, died of cancer last December 14 at the age of 65. Fred was an active member of ASA and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP).

Fred was always on the side of the oppressed and mentally disadvantaged. A movement person, solidarity was indelibly ingrained in his nature. From the early 1960s, he was an activist in the Vietnam anti-war movement and subsequent United States bellicose world-wide operations. He stood for liberation, justice and equality for Native American, Hispanic, Black and all peoples. Among his contributions against racism was a documentary film, "Be Somebody," made in 1966 about the civil rights movement with exclusive footage of a KKK rally in Georgia.

He experienced personal grief at the hands of brutal police when one murdered a good friend, Ron Burkholder in the mid-1970s. Fred participated in the Coalition Against Police Abuse (CAPA).

Fred pursued academic and journalistic careers. He achieved a degree of doctor of philosophy at the University of California, at Los Angeles. Sociology was his field with specialties in criminology, security intelligence agencies, mental health and race and culture.

In the last years of his life he taught as a lecturer at the University of Southern California and at various regional community colleges.

He co-authored the Praeger publications book, Runaway Youth, Illegal Aliens in their Own Country, and conducted research for the Scientific Analysis Corporation. His last work in progress was a book manuscript, Vesco in Cuba: End of a Corporate Pirate. Fred always backed the Cuban revolution and its right to sovereignty in the face of U.S. subversive hegemony.

Fred was drawn to the marginal edges of society. Indifferent to middle class commodities, he embraced the outcasts. He was an acutely intellectual person, who lived betwixt and between the world of academia and the broken streets. Fred loved old European classical music and would listen to medieval harps while preparing a lecture on the causes and consequences of racial and cultural conflicts in this anti-Renaissance era of anesthesia.

Fred enriched our lives. He held a gentle heart and a generous soul. It was a privilege to be his friend.

A memorial in his honor was held at the Los Angeles Worker's Center on January 8, 2000.

Ron Ridenour

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