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Major Plenary Sessions

W.E.B. DuBois: Preeminent Public Sociologist of the 20th Century with Lessons for the 21st Century
(co-sponsored by the Association of Black Sociologists, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and Sociologists for Women in Society)

Friday, August 13, 6:30-8:15 pm

Presider: Michael Burawoy, University of California-Berkeley

Panel: Aldon Morris, Northwestern University
Patricia Hill Collins, University of Cincinnati
Gerald Horne, University of Houston
Manning Marable, Columbia University

Four distinguished scholars discuss the lessons to be extracted from W.E.B. DuBois’s long career as academic and sociologist, editor and journalist, activist and publicist, Marxist and Pan-Africanist.

Speaking to Powers: A Global Conversation
Saturday, August 14, 12:30-2:15 pm

Presider: Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University

Panel: Johan Galtung, Transcend, An International Peace and Development Organization
Pablo Gonzalez Casanova, National Autonomous University, Mexico
Paul E. Starr, Princeton University
Alain Touraine, 'Ecoles des Hautes 'Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France

A conversation among four sociologists from different countries (France, Norway, United States and Mexico) who have tried in various ways, to use their knowledge to affect the wider political process and who will discuss what they have learned from this endeavor.

Speaking to Publics: Limits and Possibilities
Monday, August 16, 12:30-2:15 pm

Presider: Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University

Panel: Barbara Ehrenreich, Writer
William Julius Wilson, Harvard University
Frances Fox Piven, City University of New York
Eric Wanner, Russell Sage Foundation

What publics can sociologists address? Are they disappearing? What are the ways of addressing them? Why should we bother to address them? Four commentators who straddle the boundaries of sociology from different directions discuss these questions and their own experiences with diverse publics.

The Future of Neoliberalism
Tuesday, August 17, 5:00-7:00 pm

Presider: Juliet Schor, Boston College

Panel: Paul Krugman, Princeton University and The New York Times
Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President of Brazil and Sao Paulo University

Both Paul Krugman and Fernando Henrique Cardoso built their academic reputations for contributions to the theory of the international economy – the one an economist of trade and the other a sociologist of dependency. Both became public figures in the era of neoliberal ascendancy – the one a vitriolic columnist for The New York Times and the other Minister of Finance and then President of Brazil. In the light of their background in social science and their high profile political engagements, how do they view the future of politics and the market and, thus, of the world?