January 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 1

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Apply Now for the Sorokin Lecture Series

The Sorokin Lecture has been a longstanding opportunity for a distinguished ASA member to deliver a lecture at a regional sociological society meeting. Since 1967, each year the winner of the ASA Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award has traveled to a regional association to speak about the book that had been honored. A restricted fund, named for past ASA President Pitirim Sorokin, underwrote the costs for the visiting lecturer.

As part of the planning for ASA’s centennial, ASA Council discussed ways in which the Association could extend sociological knowledge to new audiences, including students, faculty in other fields, and interested community members. After some discussion, the Council decided to modify the existing Sorokin Lectureship to achieve greater outreach potential in three ways.

First, the Sorokin Lectureship now includes more possible lecturers. Any of the winners of major ASA awards in the past two years may be available to make visits. Second, the list of organizations eligible to host a lecture has expanded from regional sociological societies to include any sociological society, and even college campuses. Third, ASA now funds up to four lectures per year instead of a single lectureship as in past years.

These changes should provide a vibrant road show in which to share the sociological message.

Applications Process

Any of the winners of major ASA awards in the past two calendar years may be available to deliver a lecture at a state, regional, or aligned sociological association meeting, or on a campus. ASA would cover the costs of travel and up to two days of hotel costs. The host would cover registration (if applicable) and meals. Contingent upon available funding, the ASA can support up to four such lecture trips each calendar year.

To apply, send a letter of inquiry with specific information about the event and the audience as well as the lecturer preferred. Executive officers or presidents of associations, or faculty (with chair’s support) in departments may apply to host a lecturer. Submit these materials and any questions to:

Michael R. Murphy
Director, Governance and Sections
American Sociological Association
1307 New York Avenue, NW, #700
Washington, DC 20005
202-383-9005 x327

Please plan early. Preference will be given to groups who have not previously hosted a lecturer. green_small

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