The Robin M. Williams, Jr. Lecturer for 2015-2016 is Peter I. Rose, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology and Senior Fellow of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith College and a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University.  Peter is best known for his book They and We  (Random House 1964; Paradigm Publishers, 7th – and 50th anniversary edition, 2014), he is also the author of The Subject is Race (Oxford University Press, 1967), Strangers in Their Midst  (Richwood Press, 1977), Mainstream and Margins (Transaction Books, 1983), Tempest-Tost (Oxford University Press, 1997), Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space (Swallow Press, 2003), With Few Reservations (iUniverse, 2010) and Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor (Levellers Press, 2013).  He has co-authored and edited many other volumes and he has published a number of scholarly and “extracurricular” articles and over 200 reviews and review essays in sociology and history journals.

For information about the 2016-2017 Robin M. Williams, Jr Lecturer, Kathleen Blee, and how to bring her to your campus, please click here to see the On Your Campus information.

The Robin M. Williams, Jr. Lectureship Committee invites the names of leading scholars to be considered for appointment as the 2017- 2018 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, now in its 29th year.

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 2017 ESS Annual meeting to be introduced and will present his or her lecture at the 2018 ESS Annual Meeting.

In 2017, the annual meetings will be held at the Philadelphia Sheraton Downtown, February 22-26. Please send nominations in a letter detailing the reasons for the nomination along with no more than three supporting letters by November 14th, 2016, to the Robin M. Williams, Jr., Lectureship Committee Chair:



Vilna Bashi Treitler
Professor of Sociology and Chair of Black Studies
3631 South Hall
University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106