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Johanna Bockman, DCSS President, Michèle Lamont, and Sally T. Hillsman, ASA Executive Officer
On February 11, 2016, the District of Columbia Sociological Society (DCSS) hosted a scholarly talk at the ASA Executive Office by Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. The talk was titled “Getting Respect: Dealing with Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil and Israel.” In what has now become a tradition, the current ASA President-Elect addresses the DCSS membership each winter before their term begins. Lamont spoke about a joint and comparative research project she has done with her colleagues Joshua Guetzkow, Hebrew University; Hanna Herzog, Tel Aviv University; Nissim Mizrachi, Tel Aviv University; Graziella Moraes Silva, Federal University Rio; Elisa Reis, Federal University Rio; and Jessica Welburn, University of Iowa. This research will be published by Princeton University Press in 2016 with the same title as the talk. DCSS attendees braved bitterly cold temperatures that evening in downtown Washington to chat with Lamont at a brief reception immediately preceding the talk and then engaged with her and each other in a lively and productive discussion afterward. The relationship between ASA and the local sociologists of DCSS remains as strong as ever.