February 2010 Issue • Volume 38 • Issue 2

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State Department Acts on Academic Freedom Issue Pursued by ASA


Adam Habib

Washington, DC — In a major victory for academic freedom and civil liberties, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has signed orders that effectively end the exclusion of a prominent social science scholar who was barred from the United States by the Bush administration, and whom the American Sociological Association (ASA) had invited to participate in the 2007 ASA Annual Meeting in New York. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenged the denial of a visa to Professor Adam Habib, University of Johannesburg, in a complaint filed on behalf of ASA and other organizations in the U.S. District Court in Boston in October 2007 (now, American Sociological Association et al. v. Clinton).

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Sociologist Sullivan Chosen as
First Female UVA President


Teresa Sullivan

In January, the University of Virginia (UVA) announced that sociologist Teresa A. Sullivan will become the university’s eighth president—its first female president—as of August 1, 2010. Sullivan was unanimously elected by the 19-member UVA Board of Visitors and will succeed John T. Casteen III, who steps down as president at the end of his 20th year. Sullivan is currently the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan.

Sullivan, a past ASA Secretary and current Executive and Office Budget Member, has more than 15 years of experience as a higher education administrator at large universities.

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Looking forward to the
2010 Annual Meeting in Atlanta

Atlanta: Birthplace of
American Sociology

"Most sociologists are familiar with seminal achievements in the discipline including William Graham Sumner’s teaching of the first sociology course at Yale during the 1872-1873 academic term; Arthur B. Woodford’s recognition as the first instructor in the United States to have the word sociology in his official title (Indiana University in 1885); the establishment of the first named department of sociology in the United States at the University of Kansas (Department of History and Sociology in 1889); and the general recognition that the discipline formally began with the emergence of the University of Chicago’s Department of Sociology in 1892" (Wright forthcoming). What is less well known is the idea that the discipline may have been earnestly birthed 10 years prior to the establishment of the American Sociological Society (later renamed American Sociological Association) at Atlanta University.

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"Bandits Going Wild in Haiti"
and Other Post-Quake Myths

by Tanya Golash-Boza, University of Kansas


A man examines the damage of a Port-au-Prince
school building following the January 12 earthquake.

On January 25, 2010, I left for Haiti from the Dominican Republic with a team of five people from the Haitian non-governmental organization, Fondation Avenir, to meet with members of Haitian civil society to assess the possibilities for rebuilding the country in the aftermath of the devastating January 12 earthquake.

As we drove along the road from the border town of Malpasse to Port-au-Prince, the first major problem we encountered was a traffic jam in Croix-de-Bouquet, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. Closer to Port-au-Prince, we began to see more evidence of the destruction caused by the 12 earthquake—flattened houses, tent cities, and lack of electricity. We saw few signs of the widespread civil unrest reported in the mainstream media. To the contrary, we found the city remarkably calm, with people selling goods on the streets, public transportation packed, and long lines outside money transfer outlets, cell phone stores, and waiting outside relief organizations.

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