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Regional Spotlight

The location of the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia affords meeting attendees a special opportunity to see interesting sites and discuss political and cultural issues bubbling in this historical city. President Troy Duster appointed a local support committee comprised of Magali Sarfatti Larson, chair (Temple University), John Connors (LaSalle University), Mary J. Gallant (Rowan University), Karen Halnon (Pennsylvania State University-Abingdon), Ross Koppel (University of Pennsylvania and Social Research Corporation), Victor Lidz (Drexel University), Doug Porpora (Drexel University), Caleb Rosado (Eastern University), Kim Lane Scheppele (University of Pennsylvania), and Robin Wagner-Pacifici (Swarthmore College), 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 Philadelphia that 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:

  • Assessing Metropolitan Fragmentation in Philadelphia
  • Black Philadelphia in the New Millennium: the Intersection of Race, Space and Culture
  • Changing Philadelphia’s Communities: Action-based Research, Research-based Social Action
  • Social Capital in the Private City: Exploring Community in Philadelphia
  • The Constitution Center in Philadelphia: Translating History and Memory into Space and Artifact
  • The Philadelphia Negro

And, don’t forget to look for the local restaurant guide prepared by Jennifer Murray, Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Magali Sarfatti-Larson, and Ross Koppel. Each registrant will receive a copy of that guide in the Final Program packet distributed on-site in Philadelphia.