American Sociological Association

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December 2016

Funding: Apply for the Sorokin Lecture Series to have an ASA Award Winner Speak at Your Conference

The Sorokin Lecture has been a longstanding opportunity for a distinguished ASA member to deliver a lecture at a regional sociological society meeting. Since 1967, a winner of one of ASA’s distinguished awards has traveled to a regional association to speak. A restricted fund, named for past ASA President Pitirim Sorokin, underwrites the costs for the visiting lecturer.

Applications Process

Any of the winners of major ASA awards in the past two calendar years may be available to deliver a lecture at a state, regional, or aligned sociological association meeting, and on an academic campus.  ASA would cover the costs of travel and up to two days of hotel costs.  The host would cover registration (if applicable) and meals.  Contingent upon available funding, the ASA can support up to four such lecture trips each calendar year.

To apply, send a letter of inquiry with specific information about the event and the audience as well as the lecturer preferred.  Executive Officers or Presidents of association, or faculty (with chair’s support) in departments may apply.  Submit these materials and any questions to: Governance, American Sociological Association, 1430 K St. NW #600, Washington, DC 20005;

Requests should arrive by February 1, for 2017 events. Plan early. Preference is given to groups who have not previously hosted a lecturer.  For more information, see