The Eastern Sociological Society is pleased to announce that Peter I. Rose will be the Robin Williams Lecturer for 2015-2016.  Rose is the 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. It is apt that he has been chosen for this honor since he was a former student of Robin Williams and helped create this Lectureship in Robin Williams’ honor when Peter, himself, was President of the ESS.

Rose 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).

Professor Rose will be available to lecture at two campuses in the Fall 2015/Spring 2016 . ESS will cover travel expenses and honorarium, and the host department is asked to furnish food, lodging, and related expenses.  Departments wishing to host Professor Rose should submit a brief application providing the following information:

  • a short explanation of why you would like to have Professor Rose to come to your campus;
  • the intended audience for the lecture, e.g., undergraduate and/or graduate students, disciplines involved, whether the larger student body or general public would be invited;
  • venue, e.g., whether a freestanding lecture or part of a larger program or initiative, ongoing series, or class;
  • a brief description of the host department and institution;
  • tentative dates.

Some preference will be given to departments with limited resources for securing distinguished scholars as outside speakers; please note if this is a consideration in your situation.

Applications should be limited to 2 pages and should be submitted by email as a Word attachment to Margaret M. Chin (mmchin@hunter.cuny.edu) by February 1, 2016.  Please contact her with any questions.