Special Events

  • 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

         Immigrant Foodways Field Trip (SAFRIG)

         Food Cart Tour Field Trip (SAFRIG)

         Hudson Valley Field Trip (Natural Resources Research Interest Group)

         Workshop: Writing Policy Briefs

         Presidential Address and Reception

    Wednesday August 7th 2013

         Keynote Speaker: Fred Magdoff   
    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).

         Plenary Panel: Continuing the Diversity Conversation:
    USDA Discrimination Lawsuits Impact Native American, Latino, and African American Farmers

         Workshop/Panel on Obtaining Federal Grants

         Author Meets Critic Session: Navigating Environmental Attitudes
    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.

         Graduate Student Reception

    Thursday August 8th 2013

    Woodie Guthrie Program

    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

         Graduate Student Workshop on Publishing:
    Ten or More Shades of Rejection: Understanding the Editorial Process

    (Michael Schulman): assistance and tips for publishing

         Diversity Mixer

    Friday August 9th 2013

         Graduate Student Workshop: IRB Office Hours
    (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
    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.