Special Events & Field Trips

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  • June 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm
  • 76th Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society

    “An Injury to One is an Injury to All: Resistance and Resiliency in an Age of Retrenchment”

    August 6-9th, 2013 at the Sheraton Towers, New York City, New York (same hotel as ASA)

    Tuesday August 6th 2013

    Sociology of Agriculture & Food RIG (SAFRIG) Mini-conference

    SAFRIG Field Trips

    Please sign-up for the fieldtrips when registering for the conference: https://securereg.mauconsulting.ca/rss/

    Space is limited, so sign-up is first come, first served.

    8:15am – 12:30pm Tour 1: Immigrant Foodways Public Market and Neighborhood Tour

    Costs: $53.50 ($26.75 for students)

    Time: leave hotel 8:15 am (train); tour 9 am to 12:30 pm

    Description: From farms to pushcarts to public markets, this walking and tasting tour explores historical aspects of New York’s food system and the influence of Caribbean and Latin American cultures and cuisines on the past and present of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Once known for its pickles and kosher meat, today the eastern section of Williamsburg serves up herbal tea remedies from Mexico, sounds of salsa, and traditional ingredients and foods from Latin American and Caribbean countries. Based on more than 20 interviews with neighborhood residents and local business owners and original archival research, this tour explores the history of Brooklyn’s “Avenue of Puerto Rico” “once the heart of a Jewish community“ and takes an in-depth look at the Moore Street Market, built in 1941 to mark the end of the pushcart era and today a centerpiece of the Spanish-speaking community. Major stops on the tour include visits with market vendors, a 40-year old butcher shop, and a cuchifritos restaurant. By the end, you’ll be equipped with new knowledge about Latin American and Caribbean ingredients, a booklet of traditional recipes to help you recreate the tastes and smells of the market, and hopefully an appreciation for the people that have made and continue to make Williamsburg a place to call home. A portion of all ticket sales goes to support businesses that participate in the tour, as well as community-based initiatives at the Moore Street Market, operated by the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation.

    The Tour Menu: Tastings on the tour may include (but are subject to change) morcilla sausage, green bananas and onions, pork rinds, roasted pork and chicken, tamales, sancocho stew, batidos (Latin American hand-made beverages), plantains, sorullos (corn fritters), tembleque, herbal tea, and tamarind juice. With advance notice, some dietary preferences/restrictions can be accommodated. Many diets can be accommodated on this tour with advance notice, including vegetarians, dairy-free, and nut-free diets. Individuals who have vegan or gluten-free diets will have more limited options on this tour due to the nature of Latin American and Caribbean-style diets and offerings, and will need to double up on tastings at stops to substitute for other stops.

    1:15 – 4:00 pm Tour 2: Food Cart Tour of Midtown

    Costs: $49.00 ($24.50 for students)

    Time: Leave hotel 1:45 pm (walk); tour 2 to 4pm

    Description: Get a taste of Midtown Manhattan on a food cart tour that explores the history of New York’s street vending industry and the challenges of running these thriving but feverishly demanding small businesses. You’ll sample an international buffet of offerings, observe the constructive genius that crams full kitchens into improbably small carts, learn about debates over public space and street vendor advocacy efforts, and hear the stories of their proprietors, from former restaurant chefs to family-run businesses. You will never look at street carts the same way again once you see “and taste“ the delectable dishes that are crafted in these curbside kitchens. A portion of all ticket sales go to support the vendors’

    respective businesses, as well as The Street Vendor Project, a membership-based project of the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and advocacy to various marginalized groups of New Yorkers.

    The Tour Menu: While the tour menu rotates from week to week, tastings may include falafel and lamb off the bone, chicken and rice with tamarind sauce, Korean short ribs, kati rolls, Belgian waffles with toppings, and/or Mexican chocolate brownies. Adapted menus available for a wide range of dietary restrictions. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice, including vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free diets.

    Please note: people who have a vegan diet might need to double up at some of the carts to substitute for other carts or trucks that do not have vegan options.

    Hudson Valley Field Trip (Natural Resources Research Interest Group)

    Workshop: Writing Policy Briefs 1:30 – 3:00pm

    Presidential Address and Reception 5:30 – 7:00pm / 7:00 – 8:30pm


    Wednesday August 7th 2013

    Plenary Panel: Continuing the Diversity Conversation 8:15 – 9:45am

    USDA Discrimination Lawsuits Impact Native American, Latino, and African American Farmers

    Keynote Speaker: Fred Magdoff 1:30 – 3:00pm

    Fred Magdoff is Emeritus Professor of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont and an Adjunct Professor at Cornell. His interests range from soil science to agriculture and food (science, production, economics, policy) to ecology to the U.S. economy. His science research was on ways to improve the soil fertility, especially focusing on the critical role of soil organic matter. He oriented his agricultural outreach activities to explaining the application of ecological principles to food production. Magdoff was senior editor of the book Hungry for Profit: the agribusiness threat to farmers, food, and the environment (2000), Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, Renewal (2010) and the author and co-author of a number of articles in Monthly Review on the U.S. economy as well as on issues of agriculture and food in the Third World. He is also the co-author of and the third edition of Building Crops For Better Soil: Sustainable Soil Management (2010) — an ecologically-based approach that explains how to work with and enhance the built-in strengths of plant/soil systems. His most recent books are Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal (2010) and What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism (2011, with John Bellamy Foster).

    Workshop/Panel on Obtaining Federal Grants 3:15 – 4:45pm

    Author Meets Critic Session: Navigating Environmental Attitudes 5:00 – 6:30pm

    Oxford University Press 2012

    Thomas Heberlein

    The environment, and how humans affect it, is more of a concern now than ever. We are constantly told that halting climate change requires raising awareness, changing attitudes, and finally altering behaviors among the general public-and fast. New information, attitudes, and actions, it is conventionally assumed, will necessarily follow one from the other. But this approach ignores much of what is known about attitudes in general and environmental attitudes specifically-there is a huge gap between what we say and what we do. Solving environmental problems requires a scientific understanding of public attitudes. In Navigating Environmental Attitudes, Thomas Heberlein helps us read the water and negotiate its hidden obstacles, explaining what attitudes are, how they change and influence behavior. Rather than necessarily trying to change public attitudes, we need to design solutions and policies with them in mind.

    Authors of New Books Reception 6:30 – 7:45pm

    Graduate Student Reception 7:00 – 8:45pm


    Thursday August 8th 2013

    Graduate Student Workshop on Publishing 8:15 – 9:45am

    Ten or More Shades of Rejection: Understanding the Editorial Process

    (Michael Schulman): assistance and tips for publishing

    Woodie Guthrie Program 10:00 – 11:30 am

    MY NAME IS NEW YORK: 1940 – 1967

    Presenter: Tiffany Colannino, Woody Guthrie Archives Archivist

    Created by the Woody Guthrie Foundation / Curated by Tiffany Colannino

    Although Woody Guthrie hails from Okemah, OK, his travels took him right across the country: From California to the New York Island! My Name Is New York – the newest program from the Woody Guthrie Archives – explores the lofts, apartments, and couches where Guthrie lived and wrote some of his most well-loved songs.

    This multi-media presentation uses archival photographs, historic audio, and rare film footage to recreate Guthrie’s life in 1940s through 1960′s New York City, providing a glimpse into the many places Guthrie called home.

    Time: 1½ hours

    For more information contact:

    Anna Canoni / Programs & Events Coordinator

    T: 914-241-3844 / E: acanoni@woodyguthrie.org

    Awards Luncheon Ceremony 11:45am – 1:15pm

    Poster Session 5:00 – 6:30pm

    Diversity Mixer and Silent Auction 6:30 – 7:45pm


    Friday August 9th 2013

    Poster Session 10:00 – 11:30am

    Graduate Student Workshop: IRB Office Hours 10:00 – 11:30am

    (Abigail Cameron)

    Bring all your questions and concerns about research, ethics, and the IRB


    Authors Meet Critics Session: The Imperative of a Public-Oriented Sociology

    12:45 – 2:15pm

    Public Sociology: Research Action and Change (Pine Forge Press 2012)

    Phil Nyden, Leslie Hossfeld and Gwen Nyden

    This book highlights the variety of ways in which sociology brings about social change in community settings, assists nonprofit and social service organizations in their work, and influences policy at the local, regional, and national levels. It also spotlights sociology that informs the general public on key policy issues through media and creates research centers that develop and carry out collaborative research. The 33 case studies are divided into 8 sections. Each section also includes sidebars of non-sociologists writing about the impact of selected research projects. This is not armchair sociology where self-proclaimed public sociologists just write articles suggesting what government, corporations, communities, or others “ought to do.” The authors are interested in the active connections to publics and users of the research, not the passive research process.