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The Robin M. Williams, Jr. Lectureship Committee invites the names of leading scholars to be considered for appointment as the 2018-2019  Robin M. Williams, Jr., Lecturer. The Eastern Sociological Society established the Lectureship in 1992 to honor the many contributions of Robin M. Williams, Jr. (1914-2006) to the discipline and the Society, particularly as founding editor of its journal, Sociological Forum.

The original announcement states, “As part of the Society’s attempt to enhance the sharing of ideas, one of our colleagues will be invited to spend time and give lectures on two campuses within the Society’s jurisdiction during his or her year as the Williams Lecturer.” The Executive Office will provide transportation and honoraria: the host institution will take care of local arrangements, including room and board. The individual chosen for the Lectureship will receive an honorarium and will present two lectures on campuses in the ESS region during the terms of his or her appointment. (These campuses will be selected on a competitive basis.) The Lecturer will attend the 2018 ESS Annual meeting to be introduced and will present his or her lecture at the 2019 ESS Annual Meeting.

In 2019, the annual meetings will be held in Boston from March 14-17.  Please send nominations in a letter detailing the reasons for the nomination along with no more than three supporting letters by October 15th, 2018, to the Robin M. Williams, Jr., Lectureship Committee Chair:

Enobong (Anna) Hannah Branch
Associate Professor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
ebranch@soc.umass.edu