November 2013 Issue • Volume 41 • Issue 7

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Council Highlights

At its August 13-14, 2013, meetings in New York City, ASA Council welcomed six new Council members: President-Elect Paula England, Vice President-Elect Cecilia Menjivar, and Council Members-at-large Karyn Lacy, Leslie McCall, Tina Fetner, and Patricia E. White. Pending Council approval and online posting of the minutes, the following is a brief snapshot of key decisions and information.

Minutes. Meeting minutes for January 26, February 21, and July 25, 2013, were approved. All Council minutes are posted online at

Audit. The final audit for Fiscal Year 2012 was approved and is now available online at

Annual Report. The 2012 ASA Annual Report was distributed and is now posted online at and available for free through iTunes.

DOMA Amicus Brief. Council expressed its deep appreciation to Wendy Diane Manning for her outstanding work in preparing and writing the Association’s Amicus Curiae Brief, and to Carmine D. Boccuzzi, Jr. (Counsel of Record), Scott Thompson, and Mark Lightner of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP of New York City for their outstanding work in preparing and submitting the Brief in the cases of Hollingsworth, et al. v. Kristin M. Perry, et al. (California Proposition 8) and the United States v. Edith Schlain Windsor, et al. (Defense of Marriage Act).

Membership. Feedback from members regarding changes in Gender categories on the membership application will be collected for review with ASA Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons in Sociology.

Subscription Rates.

Annual Meeting.


Committee and Task Force Appointments.

Sections. To ensure that all Sections submit their required annual reports in a timely manner, a policy was instated that ASA’s allocation of a section’s funds for the upcoming year will be held until the section turns in a completed annual report.

Nonprofit Incorporation Status. Action was taken on four recommendations from the ASA Committee on the Executive Office and Budget aimed toward maintaining ASA’s nonprofit status in response to recent revisions of nonprofit corporation laws in the District of Columbia.

Social Media. A report about the first meeting of the Task Force on Using Social Media to Increase the Visibility of Sociological Research led to a debate in Council aboutthe confidentiality parameters that apply to discussion of issues on the Council agenda and revealed differing views about the implicit norms for Council meetings. The development of a policy recommendation was delegated to a Council Subcommittee on Social Media Policy.

New Business.

Next Council Meeting. The next Council meeting will be held on March 1-2, 2014, in Washington, DC.


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