Special Events at the 2015 MSS Annual Meeting


Keynote Speaker 

- Dalton Conley (NYU), author of 
      You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking like a Sociologist
      Being Black: Living in the Red
      and the newly-released Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know 
     about the Science of Raising Children, but Were Too Exhausted to Ask

​     - will speak Sat, March 28, 4:30 pm 
     "Out of the (Ivory) Tower and Into the Fire: 
      The Promise and Peril of Outward-Facing Sociology"

Keynote Speaker 

- Lisa Wade (Occidental), founding editor of the wildly popular 
   and award-winning website, Sociological Images,

   - will speak Thurs, March 26, 4:30 pm on
    "Doing Public Sociology: Notes from a Practitioner"

   - takes part in an opening plenary townhall discussion, Fri, March 27, noon
    "Sociology for What and for Whom?"
  •   Organizer / Presider: Monte Bute, Metro State
  •   Discussant: Lisa Wade, Occidental College
  •   Discussant: Doug Hartmann, University of Minnesota

​Plenary Panel
Saturday, March 28, noon

"Social Science and Public Engagement"

     Organizer & Presider: Doug Hartmann, University of Minnesota / MSS

  •  Kevin Leicht, University of Iowa / National Science Foundation
  •  Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota / The Society Pages.org
  •  Theda Skocpol, Harvard University / Scholars Strategy Network

Presidential Address 
Friday, March 27, 5:00 pm

“Getting Serious about Inequality” 

MSS President Kevin Leicht, University of Iowa, National Science Foundation

   Special Session 

Saturday, March 28, 10:15 am
"Defending Public Spaces & Engaging Public Problems"

• "Democracy as Romance: Community, Publics, and Affirming the Social"
     Alexander Smith — Warwick University UK & University of Kansas 
• "Defending the Public University: Diversity, Critique, Democracy"
     Gurminder Bhambra — Warwick University UK & Princeton University 
• "Neo-liberalism, Civil Society, and the Implications for Public Sociology"
         John Holmwood — Nottingham University UK & Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies 
• "Public and Private Nonprofit Resources for Ecological Preservation and Restoration"
     Wayne White — Creekridge Farm & Kansas Rural Center

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2015 Annual Meeting LINKS
The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
together with the 
Midwest Sociological Society
presents the
Annual Peter Hall Lecture
Saturday, March 28, 6:00 pm

                               "From Basic to Applied to Policy: Teaming in Symbolic Interactionism"

Professor Joseph Kotarba*, Texas State University

The lecture will be followed by the SSSI Banquet.*

*  Joseph A. Kotarba, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at Texas State University, where he serves as Director of the Center for Social Inquiry. He is also a faculty member at the Institute for Translational Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Dr. Kotarba received his doctorate from the University of California, San Diego. His major areas of scholarly interest are culture, science, health and illness, deviance, everyday life social theory, and qualitative methods. Dr. Kotarba’s most recent books are Death and Resurrection of Deviance, co-edited with Michael Dellwing and Nathan Pino (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and Baby Boomer Rock ‘n’ Roll Fans (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013), for which he received the 2014 Charles Horton Cooley Award for Best Book from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. He also received the Society’s George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement (2009), and the Mentor’s Excellence Award (2010).

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*The SSSI Banquet will begin at 7:15 in the 12th St Meeting Room on the first floor of the conference hotel.  Located just off the main lobby, the room will provide a private area conducive to conversation.  
Choose from three entrees:
  • Chicken ($41)
  • Steak ($51)
  • Vegetarian ($34)
Each entrée comes with salad, dessert, and coffee or tea.
Price does not include 23% service charge.
To make your reservation, please email Laurie Linhart with the number in your party and your choice of entree.  

Ice Cream Social

MSS's signature social event takes place 
at 4:15, Friday, Mar 27.
Be there!
YOGA with MSS!

Join us for a yoga session in the Marriott Fitness Center Yoga Studio 7:00-8:00 AM, on Saturday, Mar 28.  

No fee, no registration necessary, but you MUST 
  • be a Marriott guest and
  • BYOM [bring your own mat!]
All AWARDS will be presented Friday, Mar 27, 5:00 pm, in Count Basie Ballroom A, immediately preceding the Presidential Address.