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In the September/October issue, the following “New Book” announcement omitted the name of the co-editor. It should have read: Patrick G. Coy and Lynne M. Woehrle (co-editors), Social Conflicts and Collective Identities (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000).

In the November issue, the article on the NSF Sociology Program grants listed Howard Schuman’s grant incorrectly. It should have read: Schuman, Howard, University of Michigan, “Collective Memory: Persistence and Change Over Fifteen Years,” $29,164.


Association of Black Sociologists. Call for papers for the meeting August 15-18, 2001 in Anaheim, CA. Theme: “African Americans in 2001: Issues and Social Policy.” Papers, abstracts, and session proposals may be sent to Donald Cunnigen, ABS Program Chair, Department of Sociology-Anthropology, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881-0808; (401) 874-4302; fax (401) 874-2588; e-mail The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2001.

Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) welcomes proposals for papers, roundtables, workshops, poster exhibits, and plenary sessions at the 16th Biennial Meeting to be held at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX, November 14-18, 2001. The complete call for proposals and forms for submission of all categories of proposals are available at the ACSUS web site at All communication, especially proposals, forms, and abstracts, should be sent by e-mail. Proposals with abstract should be sent by e-mail to, by fax to 202-393-2582, or by postal mail to ACSUS 2001 Program, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, 1317 F Street NW Suite 920, Washington DC 20004-1151. The deadline for submission of proposals is February 1, 2001.

Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) 5th Inter-University Seminars on Social Development, May 23-25, 2001, National University of Singapore. Papers should be presented in English. Send abstract of less than 250 words by January 15, 2001 to Ko Yiu Chung, and Tan Joo Ean, ASEAN Seminar Secretariat, Department of Sociology, AS1/03-10, National University of Singapore, 11 Arts Link, Singapore 117570; 65- 874-3822, 874-8983; fax: 65-777-9579; e-mail or; http://www.fas. htm.

Cognitive Science Society. Twenty-third Annual Meeting, August 1-4, 2001, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Call for Papers: Cognitive Science pursues a scientific understanding of the mind through all available methodologies, notably those of anthropology, artificial intelligence, computer science, education, linguistics, logic, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology. All submissions for standard spoken papers, standard posters, abstract posters, and symposia should be submitted according to the instructions at http://www. The focus of this year’s conference will be to represent the full breadth of research in the cognitive sciences, in ways that will lead to useful mutual interaction.

University of Dayton. The Human Rights Committee is organizing a major, inter-disciplinary conference on the Rights of the Child. Theme: “A Question of Conscience: Making a Better Life for All Children”, March 2-3, 2001. Papers may reflect the perspectives of the social sciences, the humanities, law, theology, and philosophy. The Representatives of non-governmental organizations are also encouraged to submit paper proposals. For submissions and further information, contact Mark Ensalaco, Director, Human Rights Programs, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-1491; (937) 229-2765 or e-mail Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 1, 2001.

European Sociological Association, 5th Conference. Theme: “Visions and Divisions: Challenges to European Sociology”, August 28–September 1, 2001, Helsinki, Finland. Deadline for abstract submission January 31, 2001. For more information about the ESA Research Networks, the Research Streams of the conference, registration fees, post-conference tours, consult the ESA web-page at http://www.; or +358-9-4542 190, fax +358-9-4542 1930.

Global Dialogue: Earth Management. Call for Papers. Theme: “Earth Management-All Peoples Together”. Earth Government for Earth Community: A grassroots process to be held August 2002. Abstracts will be published in the February 2001 Preliminary Program. The deadline for submission of your proposal is January 1, 2001. For additional information contact Germain Dufor, Chair, The Global Community Organization, Earth Community, 17 A Quebec Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1H 2T1; (519) 829-3629 or visit

Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) announces its Sixth Women’s Policy Research Conference. Theme: “The Status of Women: Facing the Facts, Forging the Future”, co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program of The George Washington University, June 8-9, 2001, Washington, DC. The conference will address a range of issues related to women’s economic, political, health, and social status. Proposals must be postmarked by December 15, 2000. Each submission must include four copies of the Presenter Information Page for each presenter, four copies of the proposal and one self-addressed stamped envelope (#10). To receive a call for papers application call (202) 785-5100, or download the form on our website If you would like further information, please e-mail Nasserie Carew at or Lucille Clay at

International Sociological Association (ISA). Iberoamerican Subcommittee of Research Committee on Participation and Self-Management (RC10), XIV International Sociological Seminar. Theme: “Democracy and Participation in Organizations in the New Informational Societies,” San Juan, Argentina, June 27-30, 2001. Abstracts (maximum 15 lines) shall be sent by January 31, 2001 to: Cristina Ayza, e-mail:, Direccion de Ciencia y Tecnica, Av. Espana 1512 - Sur - Capital, Cp. 5400 San Juan, Argentina, 54-264-422 3724, fax: 54-264-422 3717.

International Sociological Association (ISA). Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements (RC47), Conference. Theme: “Social Movements and New Social Communities: North/South Globalizations” will be held at the Department of Sociology, New York University, April 20-21 2001. They invite papers from around the world to address divisions, ruptures, anomalies and new challenges within the globalization thesis as a problem of collective action. Deadline for proposing papers is December 15, 2000. Contact: Henri Lustiger-Thaler, Ramapo College, e-mail; Jeff Goodwin, New York University, e-mail

International Sociological Association (ISA). Research Committee on Social Stratification (RC28) Spring Meeting Mannheim, Germany, April 26-28, 2001. Theme: “Market Expansion, Welfare State Retrenchment and their Impact on Social Stratification.” Participants must submit paper proposals (title and abstract) and registration form by December 31, 2000. For all communication please e-mail Program details and registration forms can be found at On-line registration is preferred, but if not possible contact Stefani Scherer,; MZES AB A, University of Mannheim, 68131 Mannheim, Germany; fax: 49 621 181 2803.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Graduate Students, Department of Communication Conference. Theme: “Borderlands: Remapping Zones of Cultural Practice and Representation.” University of Massachusetts-Amherst, March 30-31, 2001. We seek paper and panel submissions that interrogate how various Borderlands are produced, represented, negotiated, performed, and lived. We encourage submissions from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Submission deadline: December 15, 2000. Only on-line submissions will be acccepted at www. Extended paper abstracts should be 750 words maximum. For panel submissions, please include a title, a brief rationale, and a description for each of the papers on the panel (150 words each maximum). For additional information contact Lynn Comella:

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) invites proposals for its 51st Annual Conference, to be held August 17-19, 2001 at the West Coast Anaheim Hotel in Anaheim, CA. Theme: “Celebrating Diversity and Protecting Human Rights.” Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2001. Complete papers, abstracts, or 2-3 page outlines should be sent to the Program Committee Chair Lionel Maldonado, Chicano Studies Department, California State University-Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032-8221; email


Analyses of Social Issues and Policy (ASIP), SPSSI’s new electronic journal designed to facilitate communication between researchers in the social sciences and makers of public policy at http://www. is currently reviewing manuscripts and intends to have the first articles available on the website early in January, 2001. We are also interested in additional submissions as well as any ideas that SPSSI members or interested others have about the format and content of this journal. Access is free for all SPSSI members as well as all the libraries that subscribe to the Journal of Social Issues.

Canadian Journal of Urban Research (CJUR) is a multidisciplinary, scholarly journal dedicated to publishing articles that address a wide range of issues relevant to the field of urban studies. CJUR welcomes papers focusing on urban theory/methodology, empirical research, problem and policy-oriented analyses, and cross-national comparative studies. Manuscripts either in English or French are considered for publication. Authors should submit four copies of manuscripts to: Dan A. Chekki, Principal Editor, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Institute of Urban Studies, The University of Winnipeg, 346 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0C3 Canada. For manuscript preparation style/guidelines, see, a new online metajournal that seeks to change the face of academic publishing, is calling for submissions. The purpose of this site is to foster the free expression of new ideas and theories in all fields of inquiry. Credentialed researchers will be allowed to publish, anonymously if they choose and without restriction, their research, theories and conjectures in this new online journal. For more information or submission guidelines, see or e-mail the editor at Editor@

Social Thought and Research (STAR), formerly Mid-American Sociological Review, an annual publication edited by graduate students at the University of Kansas, addresses current issues in sociological studies. This year, in connection with the Carroll Clark Lectureship at the University of Kansas, they invite papers that explore the theme of the “Politics of Gender”. Send three copies, one 3.5 inch disk in a standard software package, an abstract and a self-addressed stamped envelope by February 15, 2001. Send to: Social Thought and Research, University of Kansas, Department of Sociology, 716 Fraser Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045; e-mail massoni@


January 12-14, 2001. California Part-time Faculty Association. A National Conference on Contingent Academic Labor, San Jose City College, San Jose, CA. Contact:; megsplace@; (408) 378-7888;; (650) 949-2287.

February 23-24, 2001. The Cultural Turn III, University of California-Santa Barbara. Organized by Roger Frieland, Richard Hecht and John Mohr. Theme: “Profane and Sacred.” For Registration information send e-mail to ct@ or see www.soc.ucsb. edu/ct3.

March 1-3, 2001. The College and University Work/Family Association (CUWFA) announces its 6th Annual Conference. Theme: “ Balancing Professional and Personal Lives in Higher Education”. The University of Arizona, Tucson. For more information see

August 7-10, 2001. Second International Workshop on Dynamics of Social and Economical Systems (DySES) will be will be held in La Plata (Argentina) at the Instituto de Integración Latino-americana Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales-Universidad Nacional de La Plata. The primary aim of this Meeting is to develop techniques using time-dependent models able to predict and to evaluate social end economical situations to future. Deadline for fellowship applications and contributions: June 30, 2001. For additional information or to submit an abstract e-mail

September 11-13, 2001. Work, Employment and Society Conference, Nottingham, UK. Theme: “Winning and Losing in the New Economy”. For more information e-mail


American Bar Foundation invites applications from highly qualified scholars for one or more Visiting Fellow positions for the 2001-02 academic year. Fields are open and applications from minorities and women are especially encouraged. Applications received before January 3, 2001 will receive full consideration. All applications must include: a cover letter that includes the details of any concurrent support for 2001-02 (sabbatical, etc.); a 200-word statement of research plans for 2001-02, and a resume/curriculum vitae. Application materials should be sent to: Stephen Daniels, Chair, Appointments Committee, American Bar Foundation, 750 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611; e-mail

American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT). Mellon Research Fellowships for Central and Eastern European Post-Doctoral Scholars in Turkey 2001-2002. ARIT invites applications for three fellowships to Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, Bulgarian, and Romanian scholars holding the PhD or its equivalent, engaged in advanced research in any field of the social sciences or the humanities involving Turkey. Applications should consist of a brief project statement; a current curriculum vitae; and two letters of reference from scholars in the relevant field. March 6, 2001 is the deadline for applications and supporting letters. For further information contact ARIT, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324; (215) 898-3474; fax (215) 898-0657; e-mail;

Association for Institutional Research (AIR) announces its grant program for 2001 including dissertation and research grants, Senior Fellow Program and a Summer Data Policy Institute. Prospective applicants can obtain detailed proposal guidelines at Proposals must be postmarked by January 18, 2001. For more information contact Youlanda Green; (850) 644-6387; e-mail

Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago seeks exceptional African-American and Latino/a candidates for the two-year postdoctoral Spencer Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on Urban Education Reform. Fellows will conduct interdisciplinary research on urban schools, students, families and communities, with particular emphasis on policy and practice intended to improve the academic and social development of urban youth. Fellows will also have the opportunity to engage in research on program design, practice and teacher professional development at the Center for School Improvement. The Consortium is an independent federation of Chicago area organizations that conducts research on ways to improve Chicago’s public schools and assesses the progress of school improvement and reform. Fellows will have access to the full range of university resources and receive an annual stipend of $45,000 plus health benefits. Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree in education, a social science discipline or related field, including dissertation defense, by the time of appointment. Appointments normally begin September 1, 2001. Preference will be given to scholars awarded doctoral degrees recently. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The application deadline is January 5, 2001. This fellowship is made possible through a grant from the Spencer Foundation. Application materials are available at the Consortium’s website at http://www.consortium-chicago. org. For more information, contact Nikki Edgecombe, Consortium on Chicago School Research, 1313 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL, 60637; (773) 834-2302; fax (773) 702-2010;

East West Center Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) is sponsoring a seminar/field study on “China’s Southern Gateway” the Pearl River Delta (PRD)-(Hong Kong, Guangdong Province and Macao). The program will focus on this important industrializing region of China. The intensive three week field seminar will run May 21-June 9, 2001. Applicants must be full time faculty at two or four year colleges and universities. Priority will be given to undergraduate faculty in social sciences To apply see the ASDP website at; or contact Sandy Osaki at osakis@ or (808) 944-7337. For additional programmatic information, contact Betty Buck at or (808) 944-7315. Deadline for applications is February 1, 2001. Sociologists may contact Linda Lindsey at for more information (but not for application material).

University of Florida. The Center for Latin American Studies has been selected by the Rockefeller Foundation to host a three-year program of Residential Fellowships in the Humanities to encourage the study of religion, civil society, and globalization in Latin America and Latino communities in the United States. The program is open primarily to junior scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and non-academic practitioners and artists. We will also consider senior scholars who seek supplementary support from their host institutions or from other independent funding sources. For more information on this exciting opportunity or to request an application, visit the web site or contact the program director Philip J. Williams, University of Florida, Center for Latin American Studies, 319 Grinter Hall, PO Box 115530, Gainesville, FL 32611-5530; (352) 392-0375; fax (352) 392-7682; e-mail Application deadline: February 15, 2001.

President’s Commission on White House Fellowships is accepting applications for its 2001-2002 program. Applications are due February 1, 2001. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants should be out of school and working in their chosen professions. There are no age restrictions, but as a result of the selection criteria, the average age of the Fellow is typically 31-33. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis. For more information and to receive an application, please contact the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, 712 Jackson Place, NW, Washington, DC 20503; (202) 395-4522;

Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the availability of new summer fellowships for innovative research on information technology (IT), international cooperation and global security. PhD students and faculty from any academic discipline and of any nationality may apply. These in-residence fellowships, for summer 2001, are designed for researchers who currently work on cooperation and security issues and who want to explore the role and impact of IT in this area; or for researchers who work on IT and want to explore its relationship to cooperation and security. Deadline: January 12, 2001 (mailed from inside U.S.) and January 22, 2001 (all others). For more information and an application e-mail;

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) announces its 2001-2002 Policy Fellowships. Interested in spending a year in Washington, DC using your intellect and experience with child development-related research to influence public policy? Apply for an SRCD Policy Fellowship for the 2001-2002 year. Opportunities exist for both Congressional and Executive Branch Fellowships. Applicants must have a doctoral-level degree, be a member of SRCD, and demonstrate exceptional competence in an area of child development research. Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, a statement of interest (1,000-word limit), and three letters of reference. Applications are due December 15, 2000. See, under the Office for Policy and Communications link, or contact for details.

World Society Foundation, the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Science Research on World Society, funds selected proposals for research on the structure of and change in world society. Researchers may submit a short proposal of two pages only showing their research intention for which they seek funding. The next deadline for submitting short outlines is March 31, 2001. For more details, consult home page:


Academy for Educational Development. National Security Education Program (NSEP), Graduate International Fellowships Competition 2001. These fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to pursue specialization in area and language study or to add an important international dimension to their education. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, enrolled in or applying to graduate programs in accredited U.S. colleges or universities located within the United States. To receive guidelines and application forms contact AED at (800) 498-9360 or (202) 884-8285; e-mail; Applications must be postmarked by January 16, 2001.

American Bar Federation. Law and Social Inquiry, Graduate Student Paper Competition for the best journal-length paper in the field of sociolegal studies written by a graduate student. The winning paper will be published in Law and Social Inquiry and the author will receive a cash prize of $500. Entries should be received by March 1, 2001. Please send your best work to: The Editors, Law and Social Inquiry, American Bar Foundation, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611. For further information send e-mail to or call (312) 988-6517.

Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) announces the opening of its 2001-2002 Grant Competition in the field of Turkish Studies. They will award the following types of grants: Dissertation Writing Grants; Summer Travel and Study Grants for Graduate Students; Summer Travel Grants to Post-Doctoral Students; Summer Travel Grants to Post-Doctoral Scholars; Matching Lecture, Conference and Workshop Grants; Grants for the Publication of Scholarly Books and Journals; and Teaching Aids Grants. Deadline for all applications is March 16, 2001. For more information about the ITS Grants Program and to get the downloadable application forms, please visit the ITS website at To receive applications via mail, write to: Institute of Turkish Studies, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 20057 or call (202) 687-0295.

University of Richmond. The Jepson School of Leadership Studies seeks submissions for the 2001 Jepson Award for Outstanding Dissertations in Leadership Studies. In order to be eligible for the award competition a dissertation must be completed between August 1, 1999 and February 15, 2001. All submissions must be received by January 15, 2001. Candidates may submit their materials on a disk in Word 97 format or, electronically as attachments to For further information see

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is recruiting applications for the 2001 Minority Scholarship. Persons accepted into an accredited doctoral program in any one of the Social and/or Behavioral Sciences are invited to apply for two $10,000 Minority Scholarships. Deadline for submission is March 16, 2001. For additional information and an application, contact: Michele Smith Koontz, Administrative Officer, 906 McClung Tower, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0490; (865) 974-3620; fax: (865) 974-7013; email; http://www.

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) has established an award for graduate students and recent PhDs working in the area of women and paid work–employment and self-employment, informal market work, illegal work. Applicants must be graduate students or have received their PhD in 2000 or 2001. Applicants must belong to SWS, but may join at the same time they apply for the award. For information on joining, contact the SWS Executive Office by e-mail at Submissions must include a 2-3 page curriculum vitae, a cover page with the author’s name, affiliation, and contact information, an abstract and paper of article length (no more than 30 double-space pages, including bibliography) in a style suitable for submission to a scholarly journal. The abstract/cover page should include applicant’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and, for applicants with their PhD, the date the PhD was completed. Applicants must submit materials on their own behalf. Do not include any nominating letters. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2001. Send three copies of all application materials. (If possible, please print on both sides to save paper and mailing costs.) Mail to Linda M. Blum, Department of Sociology, Horton Social Science Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824-3586. Please address any questions via e-mail

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS). The Feminist Activism Award is presented annually to a SWS member who has notably and consistently used sociology to better conditions for women in society. The award honors outstanding feminist advocacy efforts that embody the goal of service to women and that have identifiably improved women’s lives. Recipients are recognized for their activist contributions, rather than as a function of employment status or academic achievement. Nominations for the 2001 SWS Activism Award will be accepted through June 1, 2001. The award will be presented during the SWS annual meetings in August. Please send a letter of nomination and supporting materials (such as curriculum vitae and/or biographical statement) to the chair of the award committee: Carla Howery, American Sociological Association, 1307 New York Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-4701; (202) 383-9005 x323; fax (202) 638-0882; e-mail

University of Southern California. The Center for International Studies (CIS) of the School of International Relations announces its Visiting Fellowship Competition for the 2001-2002 academic year. The competition is open to junior scholars: those who have received their PhDs within the last five years or those who have nearly completed a dissertation. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a 5-7 page research proposal, a list of publications (if applicable), graduate transcripts, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Applications without a research proposal will not be considered. The letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the office by the referee. Application materials must be postmarked by January 12, 2001 and sent to: Ann Tickner, Director, Visiting Fellowship Competition, Center for International Studies, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0037; (213) 740-0800, fax (213) 740-1070; e-mail;

In the News

Steven E. Barkan, University of Maine, published an op-ed piece to Laurence Cohen’s commentary about sociology which was carried in many newspapers. Barkan’s article “Sociology Isn’t Really Dangerous” was carried in his local paper.

Jozsef Borocz, Rutgers University, was featured in a 45-minute interview about the future of globalization and the possibilities of global sociology on Hungarian National Television on July 29.

Don A. Dillman, Washington State University and an officer in the American Association for Public Opinion Research, was quoted in a November 8 Associated Press article about the Florida election ballot.

Dennis Gilbert, Hamilton College, presented the findings of a national survey of high school students concerning attitudes toward gun issues in a press conference at the National Press Club. It was carried by C-Span. NPR and CNN broadcast interviews with him. The Washington Post, the BBC, the AP, and many newspapers and radio stations reported the findings.

Michael Messner, University of Southern California, was quoted in an October 4, Chicago Tribune story on media coverage of women’s sports.

Jon Miller, University of Southern California, was quoted in the October 18 Los Angeles Times article on the New Gospel of Academia.

H. Wesley Perkins, Hobart College, was interviewed for an October 3 Chicago Tribune story on changes in university educational campaigns against student alcohol abuse.

Marilynn M. Rosenthal, University of Michigan, Her book The Incompetent Doctor (Open University Press, 1997) was quoted in the August 7, 2000 issue of The New Yorker in an article “When Good Doctors Go Bad” and was the subject of an interview on the Todd Mundt Show on NPR. Her most recent book, Medical Mishaps: Pieces Of The Puzzle (Open University Press, 1999; co-edited) was the subject of a lecture tour in England, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.

Barry Wellman, University of Toronto was quoted in a October 19 Los Angeles Times article about digital nomads.


Dane Archer, University of California-Santa Cruz, received the Division of Social Sciences “Golden Apple” Teaching Award.

David Bartram, Colorado College, received a partial post-doctoral research fellowship from the International Migration program of the Social Science Research Council.

David Bell, Affiliate Systems Corporation, received a five-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for a longitudinal study of the emotional factors related to HIV risk behaviors among drug users and nonusers.

Brian Donovan, Northwestern University; Catherine Lee, University of California-Los Angeles; and Todd Rawls, University of Chicago, are among the ten dissertation fellowships awarded for 2000 by the Social Science Research Council. The Sexuality Research Fellowship Program is for one year.

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy, led a research team that received the 2000 APGAR Award for Excellence in Teaching from United States Military Academy for their work on successfully integrating service-learning into the curriculum.

Beth B. Hess, County College of Morris, and Norma Williams, University of Texas at Arlington were the co-winners of the 2000 Lee-Founders Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Michael Hout, University of California-Berkeley, received the 2000 Indiana University Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Hyun Ok Park, New York University, won a research grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Program on Global Security and Sustainability for her project, “A Hierarchical Community: Korean Diaspora and Unification.”

Kim Richman, University of California-Irvine, won the 2000 Martin Levine Dissertation Award for “Judicial Decision-Making in Custody Cases Involving Gay and Lesbian Parents, 1952-1999: A Study of Indeterminacy in Legal Rationales and Outcomes.”

Donald R. South, University of South Alabama (retired) received the Distinguished Career Award at the 2000 Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association.


Xavier de Souza Briggs was appointed the Robert C. Woods Visiting Professor in Public and Urban Affairs at the University of Massachusetts-Boston for the 2000-2001academic year. He recently returned to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University after serving for two years as Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy Development and Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC.

Cindy Buckley, University of Texas-Austin, was elected to the National Board of the American Advancement of Slavic Studies.

Marilyn Fernandez was appointed Chair of the Anthropology/Sociology Department at Santa Clara University.

Alma M. Garcia was promoted to the rank of full Professor of Sociology at Santa Clara University.

G. David Johnson, University of South Alabama, was appointed as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Margaret A. Johnson is Research Program Manager for the National Foundation for Women Business Owners in Washington, DC.

Laura Nichols has joined the faculty of the Sociology Program within the Anthropology/Sociology Department at Santa Clara University.

J. Steven Picou, University of South Alabama, was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Committee to Review the Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem Monitoring Program, 2000-2002. Professor Picou was also elected Vice-President of Alpha Kappa Delta.

Marilynn M. Rosenthal was recently appointed to the newly constituted University of Michigan Patient Safety Committee

Teresa Sullivan, University of Texas-Austin, is president-elect of the Association of Graduate Schools, which is the organization of graduate education officers of the 62 AAU universities.

A. Javier Treviño, Wheaton College, was elected President of the Justice Studies Association.

Members’ New Books

Jeanne H. Ballantine, Wright State University and Joan Z. Spade, Lehigh University, (eds.) Schools and Society: A Sociological Approach to Education (Wadsworth, 2000).

William DuBois, South Dakota State University and R. Dean Wright, Drake University, (eds.) Applying Sociology: Making a Better World (Allyn and Bacon, 2001).

Bart Landry, University of Maryland, Black Working Wives: Pioneers of the American Family Revolution, (University of California Press, 2000).

Erma Jean Lawson, Harvard University School of Public Health, University of North Texas, Eastern Kentucky University, Black Men and Divorce (Sage, 1999).

Herman J. Loether, California State University-Dominguez Hills, Social Impacts Of Infectious Disease in England, 1600 to 1900 (Edwin Mellen Press, 2000).

Stephen Plank, Johns Hopkins University, Finding One’s Place: Teaching Styles and Peer Relations in Diverse Classrooms (Sociology of Education Series-Teachers College Press, 2000).

Nicole Hahn Rafter, (ed.) Northeastern University, The Encyclopedia of Women and Crime (Oryx, 2000).

Jeffrey Ian Ross, University of Baltimore, Making News of Police Violence (Praeger, 2000); Varieties of State Crime and its Control (Criminal Justice Press, 2000); and Controlling State Crime, 2nd ed. (Transaction, 2000).

Scott Sernau, Indiana University, Bound: Living in the Globalized World (Kumarian Press, 2000).

Luis Suarez-Villa, University of California-Irvine, Invention and the Rise of Technocapitalism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).

Jonathan H. Turner, University of California-Riverside, On the Origins of Human Emotions: A Sociological Inquiry into the Evolution of Human Affect. (Stanford University Press, 2000).

Frank J. Whittington, (ed.) Georgia State University, Vision Loss in an Aging Society: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (American Foundation for the Blind Press, 2000)


International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) is offering a Certification for Eating Disorder Specialists. IAEDP plans to send a list of Eating Disorder Specialists to all insurance companies, letting the insurance companies know who is qualified to treat eating disorders. This certification becomes particularly important to therapists in private practice. IAEDP is organizing state chapters to help members get support at the state, as well as national level. If you wish to receive an application for certification as an Eating Disorder Specialist or receive additional information, call IDAEP’s office at 1-800-800-8126.

Labor Center wants to submit a proposal to the new Institute for Labor and Employment to do a work and family survey with the carpenters union in San Francisco. They are looking for a partner to apply, review the survey, review results and draft paper. Contact Netsy Firestein; Labor Project for Working Families; 2521 Channing Way #5555; Berkeley, CA 94720; (510) 643-6814; fax (510) 642-6432.

Caught in the Web

Communitarian Dialogue at eCircles. com will post a new topic about once a month. Speak your mind on issues important to communitarians and dialogue with others. To visit “Communitarian Dialogue”, see http://www.ecircles. com/magic/d.cgi?k=6rm51MI87DE.

U.S. General Services Administration announces a new, free, U.S. government portal It makes every online resource offered by the U.S. government available at the click of a mouse and also links to all state and local governments.

Summer Programs

Bradley University. The 2001 Berlin-Prague Seminar will be held June 10-22, 2001. The seminar is intended for social scientists, historians, and others interested in the culture, society, economy, and politics of Central Europe. It includes formal discussions with German and Czech leaders from the realms of academia, business, and politics, as well as short trips to points of interest. All sessions are conducted in English or with a professional translator. Applications are due by January 5, 2001. Contact John A. Williams, Department of History, Bradley University, Peoria, IL 61625; (309) 677-3182; e-mail; or visit www.

European Summer Research Institutes for the Comparative Study of Economic Organisation (ESRI) invites applications for the PhD Summer School (September 18-23, 2001) and calls for papers for the Thematic Workshop (September 15-18, 2001) to be held in Slovenia. Summer Research Institute includes a Thematic Research Workshop for senior scholars on “Changing Contextual Constructions of Economic Rationality” and a PhD Summer School on the Comparative Study of Economic Organisation. Further details and an application form are available at The deadline for applications and abstracts is December 21, 2000. Send to ESRI, Department of Organisation and Industrial Sociology, Copenhagen Business School, Attn: Marianne Risberg, Solbjerg Plads 3, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark; 45-38152823; fax 45-38152828; e-mail

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Young Scientists Summer Program 2001. Summer Fellowship in Austria for Advanced Doctoral Students. These students work closely with IIASA’s senior scientists on projects within the Institute’s three theme areas of Natural Resources and Environment, Population and Society, and Energy and Technology. The deadline is January 17, 2001. Each applicant must send application forms, curriculum vitae, two references, and a 500-word essay explaining how his or her skills and interests relate to the project with which he or she would most like to work. Details and application forms are available at the IIASA Website: or contact Margaret Goud Collins, Program Director, U.S. Committee for IIASA, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 136 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 576-5019; fax (617) 576-5050; e-mail

National Institute of Health (NIH). Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Summer Institute on Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral and Social Interventions; July 29-August 11, 2001, Airlie Conference Center, VA. Applications: Initially, letters expressing interest, should be addressed to: Ronald P. Abeles, PhD, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health, Gateway Building, Room 2C234, Bethesda, MD 20892-9205; fax: (301) 402-1150; e-mail


Christos Apostle, Newtonville, NY, died on October 10, 2000.

Morris Mitzner, Boyton Beach, FL, died on August 29, 2000.

Samuel A. Mueller, University of Akron, died on April 15, 2000.

Sherwood Slater, West Palm Beach, FL, died April 20, 2000.

Charlotte Wolf, University of Memphis emeritus, died September 24, 2000.


Charles P. De Santo

Charles P. De Santo, age 76, died of a massive stroke August 8, 2000 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is survived by his wife, Norma, and four adult children, three of whom live in the Fort Wayne area. His professional career is especially noteworthy for his dissemination of a Christian perspective in sociology. De Santo began undergraduate study in the social sciences following service in the US Navy in WWII. He earned a MA in Sociology from Ball State University in 1968 and took the PhD from Duke University in 1957 in Biblical Studies.

After teaching at various church-related colleges, in 1969 Charles De Santo commenced a long teaching career at Lock Haven University (PA). There he served as chair of the department of sociology for 10 years, earning campus “teacher of the year” honors in 1989. He retired from Lock Haven in 1990 with “Professor Emeritus” status. Following formal retirement, he held visiting appointments and taught part time at various universities in the Fort Wayne area.

DeSanto was a motivator and organizer. Various former students fondly remember Professor Desanto as someone who “believed in them.” He served as a model for sociologists teaching in the various secular and evangelical Christian colleges in this country. One person called him “a father of Christian sociology.” At professional meetings he encouraged sociologists—especially younger ones—towards scholarship, which he modeled in writing four books. In addition, he promoted collaborative writing projects resulting in four textbooks that have been widely used in church-related sociology departments. Most notably was his introductory textbook, which over the years was written in four editions.

Like many of the founders of sociology in the U.S., DeSanto had a strong religious background. Charlie also demonstrated a life of service with memberships in the Rotary, Kiwanis, and the Association of Christian Teaching Sociology, volunteering in prison ministry, counseling in family social service settings, and pastoring various Presbyterian churches.

Memorials may be given in his name to the National Parkinson’s Foundation or to World Vision.

Robert Daniels, Indiana University-Southwest

Martin M. Grossack

Martin M. Grossack of Hull, formerly of Dorchester, MA, died of cancer on September 28, a day before Rosh Hashanah, at his home.

Born in 1928 to Russian immigrant parents Albert and Rose Grossack, he grew up in the tough Jewish neighborhoods of Roxbury and this toughness stood him well throughout his life. He attended local public schools, graduating from Roxbury Memorial High School at age sixteen, and entered Northeastern University. There he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and went on to Boston University where he obtained a PhD in social psychology at a precocious age in his mid 20’s. His dissertation was an analysis of determinants on small group interaction and would set the stage for his later scholarship.

After marrying Judith Trachtenberg and a hitch in the Air Force during the Korean War, on a car trip from Texas back east, Grossack stopped at a small traditionally Black college in Little Rock, AR, Philander Smith, and during the years 1952 and 1953 he was a psychology professor there.

He was in Little Rock at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement and his experiences there forged his future life. It was during his time in Arkansas that Grossack became aware of the perniciousness of discrimination as practiced in Southern public transit bus systems. In an interview with him on August 20-26, 1999 in the Boston Jewish Advocate, Grossack was quoted as follows: “It was the one area of segregated life my students could not avoid. They could avoid restaurants and hops that demeaned them, but there was not alternative to the buses. They had to ride them to school and work. It was the one complaint I heard universally from all my students.”

In 1953, two years before Rosa Parks stood up and refused to go to the back of the bus as ordered, Grossack delivered a paper to the Arkansas Academy of Science, “Psychological Effects of Segregation on Busses”. The essay predicted that segregated busing would become a flash point at which Southern blacks would rebel against the whole system that had discriminated against them since Reconstruction. His first book Mental Health and Segregation (Springer, 1963) arose from those experiences.

After his stint in Arkansas, Grossack went on to a number of clinical assignments in hospitals in the Midwest and New England. He taught at the University of Hawaii, Curry College, and Suffolk University. But the first phase of his career was ending only to begin another. Grossack was one of the pioneers in the field of applying psychology to business management and marketing, and his services were asked for by the U.S. Department of Labor, Boston Edison, Pillsbury, Gillette, and many other corporations, resulting in such books as Humanizing Bank Marketing and Understanding Consumer Behavior.

In 1974 he turned to a new application of his talents. He founded the Massachusetts Institute for Rational Living, located in Brookline, MA. Based on the teachings of renowned therapist Albert Ellis of New York City, the institute provided mental health and self-help services throughout the region. His tough but tender “rational” approach was also quite innovative. His workshops included self-hypnosis, relaxation techniques, and even one of the first singles contacts in the Boston area. His books in this area included You are Not Alone and Love, Sex, and Self-Fulfillment, both published by New American Library in 1978.

And if that were not enough, Grossack converted his ocean-side home in Hull into a major distributor of baseball cards. An astute investor in the stock market, he early on saw the potential of the lucrative baseball, basketball, hockey, and football card market (though like all markets, it too fell in the 1990s).

In all, he lived a full and active life. He leaves his wife Judy; two sons, David C. of Hull and Richard G. of Newton, MA; a sister Dorothy Richmond of Hyde Park, MA; a brother Alexander Grossack of Cape Cod; three grandsons, and numerous friends and patients.

Jack Nusan Porter, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Earle MacCannell

The Sociology Department, Portland State University, is sad to report the death of Earle H. MacCannell. Earle was born February 21, 1918, in Seattle, and died, May 25, 2000, in Portland, Oregon.

Earle’s childhood was spent in the Boston area. His family returned to Olympia, Washington when he was 12 years old. He married Helen Frances Meskimen in 1939. Two of their three sons were born before he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. Earle served as an infantryman in the Army of Occupation in Italy until 1949.

Earle enrolled at the University of Washington in late 1949. After earning two baccalaureate degrees, one in sociology and the other in mathematics, he pursued graduate education in sociology, receiving his doctoral degree in 1957.

Earle served on the San Diego State College faculty 1957-1959; the University of Alberta faculty, 1959-1963; and the Portland State faculty from 1963 to his retirement in 1987.

Earle was the first Director of the Center for Population Research and Census at Portland State, serving from 1965 to 1968. His demographic skills, enriched by his early study of mathematics, led him to career-long interest in the science honorary society, Sigma Xi. He was sponsor of the local chapter at Portland State for many years.

Earle was one of the first sociology doctoral candidates to employ a computer to process dissertation data. He obligingly taught colleagues and students how to use early-model computers and shared his computer expertise with community agencies as well.

Earle’s instructional specialties included demography, delinquency, social psychology, and mass communications. He was a dedicated teacher who offered special support to students with personal problems and many students identified him as their “guru.”

Earle was also active in community service work in Oregon. He served as an aide to a state representative during the 1980s and was also instrumental in rewriting the Juvenile Code for the State of Oregon. Upon retirement, he became a vital member of a newly-formed social service agency, Committed Partners for Youth, earning wide respect and admiration from a host of persons in the community for his contributions to that agency. Perhaps the most striking of his efforts on behalf of that agency was his participation, at age 80, in a fund-raising venture to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (he nearly reached the top!).

Earle is survived by his second wife, Julie, his three sons, Dean, William, and John, and by six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Leonard D Cain, Jr. and Don C. Gibbons, Portland State University

Official Reports and Proceedings

1999-2000 Council Minutes

Tuesday, August 15, 2000

President Joe Feagin convened the Council meeting at 2:40 p.m.

Present: Richard Alba, Catherine White Berheide, William T. Bielby, Florence B. Bonner, Diane Brown, Nancy Denton, Paul DiMaggio, Paula England, Joe R. Feagin, Richard Flacks, Michael Hout, Nan Lin, Carole C. Marks, Douglas S. Massey, Ross Matsueda, Alejandro Portes, Patricia Roos, Ann Swidler, Robert Wuthnow.

Incoming Council Members and officers observing: Elijah Anderson, Craig Calhoun, Arne L. Kalleberg, Barbara F. Reskin, Barbara Risman.

Staff: Felice J. Levine, Carla B. Howery, Phoebe H. Stevenson, Edward Murguia, Alfonso Latoni, Roberta Spalter-Roth.

1. Welcome New Members

President Feagin welcomed the newly elected officers and Council members.

2. Approval of Agenda and Minutes

The agenda was approved as presented. The minutes from the January meeting of Council were distributed for review.

3. Report of the President

Feagin expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the Program Committee, the office staff, and the Council members that resulted in a strong Annual Meeting. He noted the excellent record of attendance at the meeting this year, with the number of paid registrants projected to exceed 4700—the third largest number in ASA history. The two plenary sessions went very well, with excellent presentations and a large turnout.

President Feagin thanked the ASA staff for their quality effort in preparing for the meeting. He especially thanked Janet Astner, Director of Meeting Services, for her effective work in the execution of the meeting.

4. Report of the Secretary

Secretary Bonner reported that the Association’s 1999 Audit was successful and that the ASA was found to be in compliance with accepted auditing standards. Bonner also reviewed the 1999 financial statements, noting that 1999 returned positive revenue over expenses. She indicated that membership continued to account for a significant proportion of revenues. She noted, however, that the year-end revenue in this area was slightly below budget because membership in 1999 was overall slightly below the 1998 level. Bonner indicated that subscription revenue also accounted for a large proportion of the total revenue. In addition, she pointed out that revenues from the sale of the Executive Office building and from gain on investments were sizable, and that, while these revenues were reflected in the operating budget in accordance with standard accounting practices, both were being invested in reserve accounts. Finally Bonner reported that Annual Meeting revenue was lower than budgeted in 1999 due to a lower number of registrants than anticipated. She also indicated that expenses were lower than budgeted in 1999 due to substantial efforts to contain costs, especially through savings from better planning for AV services.

Vice President Alba asked about expenditures being below budget for personnel in 1999. Executive Officer Levine indicated this amount was not a “savings” per se because the lower expenditure was due to the Executive Office engaged in a number of searches and operating at less than full staff. She indicated that, when Council approves a deficit budget, phasing in of staff is one way to help control Association spending and limit expenditures.

Council also asked about how Annual Meeting-related expenses can be analyzed, especially in terms of expenses related to meeting rooms, catering, and sleeping rooms. Council members noted that section officers were especially interested in knowing details in the context of expenses related to section operation. Levine indicated that costs in any one area are part of an overall package when the contract is negotiated and thus that it is often difficult to unravel specific costs from an interrelated set of requirements. For example, she noted that using a block of sleeping rooms is essential to getting meeting rooms without fees. She noted that section officers might benefit from more of an understanding of the elements of meeting costs.

5. Report of the Executive Officer

Levine reported that the period since Council last met has been an engaging and challenging time, including the launching of task forces, innovations in publications, preparation of successful grant applications, and important new hiring. She thanked President Feagin, Secretary Bonner, and members of Council for their continued help and support. She also officially introduced Alfonso Latoni, on leave from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, who commenced his appointment in July as ASA’s Director of the Minority Affairs Program. She also thanked Ed Murguia who was returning to Texas A&M University after a job well done as Minority Affairs Director. Levine reported that the renewal application for the Minority Fellowship Program to the National Institute of Mental Health was successful and would be funded at $2.7 million over a 5-year period. She noted also that ASA has received supplemental funding of approximately $30,000 from the National Science Foundation to hold a research conference in 2001 as part of the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline. Levine also updated Council on the compelling and exciting work involved in moving ASA’s new journal ahead and how fortunate the Association was to have Claude Fischer at the helm as inaugural editor.

Levine concluded her report by noting the comparatively strong voter turnout in the Association in general and in 2000—with 33.18 percent of the eligible members voting. She reported that there was a positive turnout as well for the section portion of the election, even higher than the general election. This pattern is especially positive as compared to other learned societies that consider anything above 20 percent to be quite good.

6. Update on Transaction Publishers

Feagin and Levine summarized the status of Transaction Publishers’ violation of the ASA rules for mailing list rental and the reaction of Transaction Publishers to Council actions to resolve the situation. Feagin indicated that the latest communication from Transaction Publishers was a letter dated July 24 from Society editor, Jonathan Imber. Council discussed further communication with Transaction to reinforce the importance of the ASA mailing list rental policy. Council considered the best way to achieve that goal and concluded that ASA should send a further letter asking Transaction Publishers for affirmation that ASA’s policy will be followed. Motion: Council continues to support the action taken by the Executive Officer with regard to Transaction Publishers. Carried unanimously.

7. ASA Publications

Bonner and Levine reported that ASA is working on the launch of the new general perspective journal. The discussion of a title for the journal has been evolving. A proposed title “Contexts” has received positive responses from potential publishers and from the Committee on the Executive Office and Budget. Bonner noted that the Publications Committee officially recommended this choice. Levine indicated that she and editor-designate Claude Fischer have narrowed the search to two publishers that have experience in magazine publishing. She reported that ASA’s legal counsel, who brings expertise in publishing, intellectual property, and copyright, is also working with her to assess publishing options, frame requirements, and obtain comparable information on the two publishers. Levine expects that this work will continue after Labor Day with a written contract and first choice emerging as soon thereafter as feasible.

Motion: To approve Contexts as the title for the new general perspective journal. Carried unanimously.

Bonner reminded Council of Sociological Theory (ST) editor Jonathan Turner’s earlier request for more pages and possibly more frequent publication. Council at the time approved the additional page allocation but asked that Turner report back with regard to his outreach efforts. Bonner indicated that Turner gave a detailed report to the Committee on Publications on the status of his efforts. Bonner indicated that thus far this year there have been positive indications about the articles and authors that have submitted to ST.

8. Appointment of Two Task Forces

Levine reviewed for Council the background on two new task forces—the Task Force on the Advanced Placement Course in Sociology for High Schools and the Task Force on an ASA Statement on Race. She recalled for Council that inclement weather in January had preempted Council completing its deliberations on these proposed task forces. She reported that in the interim she, past Vice President Pat Roos (Chair of the Council subcommittee on task forces), and President Feagin had discussed how best to proceed and that President Feagin supported issuing a call for nominations and self nominations for these task forces so that Council could be positioned in August to nominate a slate. Levine further reported that the call was in the July/August issue of Footnotes and that nominations had arrived before the Annual Meeting. She noted that, with turnover on Council, a new Council subcommittee on task forces needed to be appointed.

Council discussed the charge of these task forces. Council members focused first on the Task Force on the Advanced Placement Course in Sociology for High Schools.

Council reviewed the purposes of this task force—to develop the framework and syllabus for such a course, to hold a workshop and otherwise support a field-test for high school teachers, and to report to Council on the course and related issues involved a creating an advanced placement test. Council discussed the potential impact on sociology were an advanced placement course and possibly an advanced placement test to be developed. Council members focused on the implications for preparing and training high school teachers and the impact of this development on enhancing sociology in the secondary school curriculum more generally.

Council then focused on the Task Force on an ASA Statement on Race and the value of developing a statement that reflects and draws upon sociological knowledge and expertise. Past President Portes suggested that perhaps the task force’s work should include a broader investigation and produce a report, not just a statement. Council members appreciated the potential of a fuller report on the scholarship on race. Council discussed possible overlap with the ASA project on race and concluded that this task force had a purpose that differed from the ASA project and its focus on examining the social science literature on race. Council agreed that the current task force should be more focused on crafting a sociological statement on race which documented the scientific underpinning for that statement and addressed scientific racism but was not otherwise a freestanding report on empirical knowledge on that topic. Council agreed that the task force should be established to create the statement, open to the possibility of a second “charge” if that seemed warranted. Council members thought that this approach could better achieve the goal of the timely creation of a statement on race.

Feagin appointed a Council subcommittee comprised of Berheide, Denton, Marks, and Levine to review nominations for task force members and to recommend a slate of persons to serve on each. Feagin noted that, based on consultation with President-elect Massey, DiMaggio had agreed to serve as Council liaison to the Task Force on the Advanced Placement Course and Brown had agreed to serve as liaison to the Task Force on the ASA Statement on Race.

9. Next Steps for Status Committees

In summer 2000, Levine sent a letter to members of the status committees on behalf of President Feagin and President-elect Massey asking them to review their current charge; to recommend revisions, if any; and to indicate whether they would be interested in serving in 2001. The goal is to refine the charge and then have an open call for members to volunteer to serve on these status committees in order to complete a slate for the 2001 status committees, other than the Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered People in Sociology which had been moving forward on their charge.

Executive Office staff liaisons to the status committees then reported on the progress of these committees. Ed Murguia reported on the meeting of the Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Sociology and their request for data relevant to their charge. Murguia suggested that it might be useful for the group to meet with the Executive Office (Levine and Roberta Spalter-Roth) and possibly the President. Council members and Executive Officer Levine emphasized that available information should be provided so that the committees can do their work, while protecting the confidentiality of information provided to ASA. Levine indicated that ASA has examined demographic data on the ASA membership and disseminated some information through Footnotes and other research briefs. President-elect Massey indicated an interest in helping in any way he could. Secretary Bonner indicated that the Executive Office should review the requests from the status committees, evaluate the elements, and then inform the committees as to what is available.

Spalter-Roth reported on the progress of the Committee on the Status of Women and the Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons in Sociology. Carla Howery summarized the activities of the Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities in Sociology, noting that the Committee continues to help the Executive Office with “site audits” of Annual Meeting facilities to make sure they are as fully accessible as possible.

There was consensus about the value of chairs of the status committee meeting as there might be some common interest areas, concerns, and knowledge that can be shared. Nan Lin suggested that representatives from these committees might be invited to the FAD-funded conference on research on the profession scheduled for 2001. There was some discussion as to whether it might also be useful to have an additional Council liaison to facilitate communication with these committees beyond the Council and staff liaisons appointed to each committee.

Feagin summarized steps to be taken: The Executive Office staff and President-elect Massey will review available data at ASA. There would be a meeting or communication with the chairs of the status committees to facilitate their work on their respective “charges.” Levine suggested that she and Massey will discuss how best to proceed and will set forth a plan that can commence this fall.

10. Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the January 28-30, 2000 Council meeting were approved as amended.

11. Report on Open Forums

Council turned to a discussion of the two open forums held as part of the Annual Meeting program by the Task Force on Journal Diversity and the Task Force on the Reexamination of the Committee on Committees and the Committee on Nominations, respectively. Carole Marks reported on the open forum on Journal Diversity. The Task Force met before the open forum. The forum was held at a time when there were other high profile sessions, so the attendance was sizable but not as large as it might otherwise have been. The discussion ranged from raising specific suggestions (e.g., additional pages in journals) to general concerns about possibly underrepresented work. While persons attended expressed different views, the general feeling was that there is hope that something can be done and that the process is just unfolding. Portes stated that the forum was productive and that interesting issues were raised, such as professional socialization and preparation for submitting journal articles, differential rejection rates among different disciplines, specialization of journals, and the definition of “diversity.” Matsueda questioned whether attendees were a good sample of the membership. Levine indicated that there will be a follow-up call in Footnotes for members to submit additional comments and input.

Kate Berheide reported on the open forum on the Reexamination of the Committee on Committees (COC) and the Committee on Nominations (CON). She noted that the forum was held on the first afternoon of the Annual Meeting with other competing sessions and was not well attended. Berheide noted that attendees shared the view that there should be a COC structure, thought not big in size. One possible structure would be a committee with four at-large members and then another four members selected based on employment type (e.g., research university, 4-year college, practice, etc.). Alba cautioned that the light attendance may not be indicative of the extent to which members may be dissatisfied with the current structure. The Task Force decided to deal with developing a recommendation on COC this year and to defer consideration of the Committee on Nominations until next year. The Task Force thought that the issues surrounding COC and CON are quite different.

11. Update on Proposed Section-in-formation on Animals in Society

This agenda item was deferred for consideration by the 2000-01 Council meeting on August 16-17, 2000.

12. Concluding Business

President Feagin thanked outgoing officers and Council members for their fine service.

Council adjourned at 6:15 p.m.

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