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Regional Spotlight

The location of the Annual Meeting in San Francisco affords meeting attendees a special opportunity to see interesting sites and discuss political and cultural issues bubbling in this world famous city. President Michael Burawoy appointed Adele Clark (University of California-San Francisco), Susan Garfin (Sonoma State University), and Steve Zavestoski (University of San Francisco), as a local support committee to propose special panels, develop a program of local tours, prepare a restaurant guide, and write special articles for ASA Footnotes.

You have already enjoyed some of the special feature articles about San Francisco which have appeared in this newsletter. Check the Tours section below for information about the guided tours and sightseeing opportunities being offered to meeting attendees. Look at the Regional Spotlight on the website for details on the interesting topics covered by this year’s spotlight sessions, including:

  • California Politics: Recall and After
  • Community Empowerment and Sociology
  • Community Organizing and Urban Development: Innovations in Oakland
  • Crime and the City: San Francisco as a Sociological Place in Mystery Novels
  • Fate of the Public University: The Case of California
  • Homelessness in San Francisco
  • “It’s Not Easy Being Green”: Medical Marijuana and Community Health Care
  • Multi-culturalism and Youth in the Bay Area: Emerging Identities and Movements
  • Rebuilding the California Labor Movement: Achievements and Prospects

And, don’t forget to look for the local restaurant guide being prepared by Joshua Lurie-Terrell and colleagues in the Bay area. Each registrant will receive a copy of that guide in the Final Program packet distributed on-site in San Francisco.