American Sociological Association

Tours

Plan your schedule now to take advantage of this year’s local tours at the 2018 ASA Annual Meeting. Tours are a great way to experience and learn about the city and to meet with, talk to, and learn from the people who live and work in the area. The schedule and description of tours is listed below. You can add a tour to an existing registration or add a tour to a new registration by logging in at the ASA portal and selecting 2018 Annual Meeting Registration.

SOLD OUT - Tour 01: Mural Arts Philadelphia Walking Tour

Saturday, August 11
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For 30 years, Mural Arts Philadelphia has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 50–100 public art projects each year, and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative. Core Mural Arts programs such as Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light yield unique, project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults. Each year, 12,000 residents and visitors tour Mural Arts’ outdoor art gallery, which has become part of the city’s civic landscape and a source of pride and inspiration, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.” This tour is a walking tour departing from the Arch Street entrance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The route is wheelchair/scooter accessible. The tour registration fee is $20 per person. Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Tour 02: Industrial Landscapes of Philadelphia

Sunday, August 12
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This tour will be led by Diane M. Sicotte, Associate Professor of Sociology at Drexel University. The tour features the landscapes of the Philadelphia area’s industrial past, present, and future. We will view some abandoned rundown industrial plants, some contaminated former industrial sites (Brownfields and/or Superfund sites), and some of the area’s largest currently operating petrochemical complexes. We will also visit sites important to Philadelphia’s role as fossil-fuel conduit in the age of fracking. Although all are symbols of environmental destruction, many find these landscapes weirdly beautiful, so bring your camera. This tour is a bus tour with optional walking portions. Bus transportation is wheelchair/scooter accessible and will depart from the Arch Street entrance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The tour registration fee is $25 per person. Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Tour 03: Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River at the Independence Seaport Museum

Sunday, August 12
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tukufu Zuberi, Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and exhibit curator, will lead a tour of his Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River at the Independence Seaport Museum. Zuberi will introduce each major section of the exhibit, touching on important themes and crucial artifacts to provide visitors with a dramatic and engaging overview. The exhibit features recently uncovered artifacts from the Museum’s collection, gripping first-person accounts and interactive elements, providing visitors with opportunities for discovery and communication. Using four key moments in Philadelphia’s history representing the themes of Enslavement, Emancipation, Jim Crow, and Civil Rights, Tides of Freedom urges visitors both to bear witness to a story central to Philadelphia and American history, and to think about the meaning of “freedom” both historically and in today’s world. Bus transportation is provided to/from the museum and will depart from the Arch Street entrance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The bus transportation and the museum facility is wheelchair/scooter accessible. The tour registration fee is $25 per person. Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Tour 04: Bloque de Oro Tour with Taller Puertorriqueno

Monday, August 13
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Taller Puertorriqueno is a community-based cultural organization whose primary purpose is to preserve, develop and promote Puerto Rican arts and culture, grounded in the conviction that embracing one’s cultural heritage is central to community empowerment. Taller is also committed to the representation and support of other Latino cultural expressions and our common roots. Taller’s organizational goals promote social justice and equality. These include serving as an educational vehicle in the advancement of the Puerto Rican/Latino community’s pursuit of identity and reaffirmation; striving for the development of the Puerto Rican/Latino community through the arts; and supporting increased understanding and appreciation of other cultures within the wider community. Join Taller on a tour of their state-of-the-art building -- which opened in December 2016 -- including its art gallery, a walk through the Bloque de Oro neighborhood, and a discussion of Taller’s programs and work. Bus transportation is provided to/from Taller and will depart from the Arch Street entrance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The bus transportation, facility, and walking portion is wheelchair/scooter accessible. The tour registration fee is $25 per person. Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

SOLD OUT - Tour 05: In the Footsteps of WEB DuBois: From Philadelphia’s Old 7th Ward to the “Cosmopolitan Canopy”

Tuesday, August 14
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Professor Elijah Anderson, who wrote the Introduction to the 1996 edition of DuBois’ The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study, will lead a tour through the neighborhood that DuBois studied, the Old 7th Ward, including a visit to the Mother Bethel AME Church. Final stops of the tour will be Rittenhouse Square and the Reading Terminal Market, locations featured in Anderson’s 2011 book The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life, an ethnographic study of Center City, Philadelphia. After the tour, everyone is welcome to purchase lunch “to go” at the Market and then meet up for a final conversation. This tour is a bus and walking tour. Bus transportation is wheelchair/scooter accessible and will depart from the Arch Street entrance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The tour portion will take three hours followed by an optional one-hour lunch (self-purchase at Reading Terminal Market) with Anderson to discuss the day’s events. The tour registration fee is $25 per person. Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. 

SOLD OUT - Tour 06: Reconstructing Justice: Living Beyond the Carceral State

Sunday, August 12
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Reconstruction, Inc. welcomes you to come join its affiliates for a Sociological Summerfest. Together, we’ll explore racialized emotions and the strategies of action they give rise to. For nearly thirty years, Reconstruction has brought together persons to effect social change by forging individuals that were formerly incarcerated into an organized community of leaders working together to transform the criminal justice system, their communities and themselves. From its office in North Philadelphia, and its “glocal” reach well-beyond the city’s borders, their five domains are guided by the Three Pillars of their community capacity building curriculum. Through its programs and initiatives, the organization has enriched the way Philadelphians and others “feel race” for as long as its doors have been open. This event is part arts tour, part city and organizational history, part “teach-in” to enrich a broader social justice, and all joy.  This tour is a walking tour departing from the Arch Street entrance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Restoration associates will lead the group via walking and subway to the Restoration offices. The route is wheelchair/scooter accessible.  There is no cost to register for this tour but please be sure to have subway fare with you ($3). Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

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