And This is Why You Should Attend

Ten Reasons Why ESS 2017 Will Be the Best Conference You Attend this Year

 1.      Kathleen Blee, this year’s Robin Williams, Jr. lecturer, will be talking with Angela King, a former skinhead and now Co-Founder and Deputy Director of Life After Hate, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people who wish to leave extremist groups and organizations dealing with the causes of intolerance and racism.

2.      Organized by Victor Nee and Japonica Brown-Saracino, the Author-Meets-Critics sessions feature amazing books you’ll want to read right away, such as Waverly Duck’s No Way Out, Sara Goldrick-Rab’s Paying the Price, and Jonathan Wynn’s Music/City.

3.      There will be three cool off-site trips: 1) a visit to Graterford Prison for the Graterford Think Tank workshop, a part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program; 2) a trolley tour by Mural Arts Philadelphia, including examples from their restorative justice series; and 3) a trip to the Philadelphia 76ers v. Washington Wizards basketball game (and the Sixers are better this year).

4.      Tim Moran will be talking with Branko Milanovic about his new book on global inequality.

5.      It’s your first big chance to talk about the Trump presidency with a lot of people who are good at theorizing why he truly represents the end of the world as we know it.

6.      In all seriousness, there will be several Presidential and regular panel sessions (and individual papers) devoted to discussing the 2016 election, including “Trump 2016: How Why? Implications,” organized by Jeff Manza, a conversation between members of the ESS Executive Committee about the election, and a Friday night plenary featuring the heads of four social science associations discussing the role of social science research in the age of Trump: John Torpey (ESS), Michele Lamont (ASA), Thomas DeGloma (SSSI), and Donileen Loseke (SSSP).

7.      There will be two panels featuring papers from the forthcoming Sociological Forum special issue entitled “Whose Lives Matter?,” as well as a special session devoted to open discussion on them and other related topics.

8.      Sessions and workshops by, for, and featuring undergraduate and graduate students are all over the program.  Support the next generation, and help our discipline reproduce itself.

9.      The Levittowners, the classic work by the legendary Herbert Gans that Columbia University Press has republished, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.  There will be a special panel devoted to Herb, the book, and their influence on sociology.

10.  Climate change means there’s a better chance it won’t be as cold in Philadelphia than in past years.

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