January 2009 Issue Volume 37 Issue 1

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MFP Kicks Off 35th Anniversary Year

During the 2008 ASAAnnual Meeting in Boston, the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) kicked off its 35th anniversary year celebration with a series of special events. The highlight was a special session organized to look back at the struggles that minority sociologists, and African American sociologists in particular, faced in the late 1960s and early 1970s. According to James E. Blackwell, they worked to "extricate themselves from an entrenched marginalized status as sociologists [and were steadfastly determined] to be included as participants in the affairs of the ASA." Centered on the years leading up to the founding of MFP in 1974, the session was organized by Florence Bonner (Howard University) and Aldon Morris (Northwestern University), and presided over by Robert Newby (Central Michigan University, emeritus). The distinguished panelists for the session included Charles U. Smith (Florida A&M University, emeritus), Edgar G. Epps (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and Blackwell (University of Massachusetts-Boston, emeritus), who was unable to attend the meeting in person but gave his detailed memoirs in a working paper that was presented by Bonner.

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Slate of Candidates for the
ASA 2009 Election

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. The candidates for Council Members-at-Large and the Committee on Committees will be announced at a later date. Ballots for the 2009 ASA election will be mailed in early May 2009.

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Sociology Students Active in the Election of 2008

Having just concluded an election that brought one of the highest rates of voter turnout in four decades, we enter a new chapter in American history. Frequently labeled a movement by some and a realignment by others, the 2008 election captivated the attention and imagination of political pundits and novices alike. It should be of no surprise that sociology students, with their propensity for social and political activism, were similarly affected. Whether it was engaging in spirited classroom discussions, volunteering for campaigns, or participating in civil protests, sociology students—at the undergraduate and graduate level—were often actively engaged.

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