January 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 1

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Just Announced:
ASA to Hold 2011 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas

The American Sociological Association (ASA) announced this month that it will hold its 106th Annual Meeting at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from August 20-23. The 2011 Annual Meeting was originally to be held in Chicago, but the association announced in December that it was finding a new location in response to a protracted labor dispute involving hotels in that city, including the two that had been scheduled to host the meeting. The contracts between Chicago union hotels and UNITE HERE Local 1 expired August 31, 2009.

"We are excited about bringing our meeting to Las Vegas for the first time," said Sally T. Hillsman, ASA’s Executive Officer. "Not only is Las Vegas vibrant and fascinating from a sociological perspective, but it is also easily accessible for our members around the country." While the dates and location have changed, the theme remains the same.

In addition, Caesars Palace affords ASA the unique opportunity to have all components of its Annual Meeting—including sessions, receptions, and housing—under one roof for the first time since 1990. That means attendees can fully participate in the meeting without going outside into the heat.

"When we decided to move our meeting from Chicago, we put an emphasis on finding an alternate location that offered optimum convenience for our members," Hillsman said. "By selecting Las Vegas and Caesars Palace, we believe we have achieved that goal."

"Without any sign of an imminent resolution, the ASA Council voted unanimously to move the Annual Meeting because ASA could not guarantee that the facilities and environment for a successful meeting would be available," Hillsman said. "The decision to move the meeting has not been an easy one but, there was little alternative if we were to ensure the success of the meeting for all participants." Caesars Palace is a unionized facility with union contracts that do not expire until 2012.

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the meeting, which was originally scheduled to take place from Aug. 13-16. As scheduled, ASA still plans to hold its 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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