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January-March 2019

ASA President-Elect Williams Speaks at DCSS

Christine Williams presenting at DCSS at the ASA Executive Office

Christine Williams presenting at DCSS at the ASA Executive Office

On January 24, 2019, the District of Columbia Sociological Society (DCSS) hosted a scholarly talk by ASA President-Elect Christine Williams, the Elsie and Stanley E. (Skinny) Adams, Sr. Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas-Austin. The talk, given at the ASA Executive Office to an audience of nearly 50 people, was titled “The #MeToo Movement: Implications for Sociologists and Professional Societies.” This talk gave the audience a taste of what her 2020 ASA Presidential Address could include.

After being introduced by DCSS President Sally Hillsman, Williams first presented an overview of the #MeToo Movement in the United States and then discussed the implications of addressing sexual harassment for a variety of organizational entities (including ASA). Williams has studied sexuality, homophobia, and sexual harassment in a wide variety of workplace settings, and her scholarship is focused more generally on gender, race, and class inequality in the workplace. 

In now-traditional fashion, the ASA President-Elect addresses the DCSS membership each winter before their presidential term begins the following August. As in most years, DCSS attendees braved very cold temperatures in downtown Washington to chat with Williams at a brief reception preceding the talk and then engaged with her and each other in discussion afterward. 

For Williams, the DCSS speaking experience was a positive one. “I enjoyed the warm welcome I received from the members of DCSS,” said Williams. “How fortunate you are to have ASA headquarters in your neighborhood! I am grateful to the diverse audience of students, researchers, and professional staff for providing stimulating feedback on my work.”