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2014 Annual Meeting LINKS

Peter Hall Lecture        Friday, April 4, 5:15 - 6:15 pm


Realism & Constructivism in Battles 
over Global Environmental Problems: 
A Pragmatist Middle Way

Robert J Antonio, University of Kansas

Symbolic Interactionist Banquet                  Friday, April 4                 6:30 - ?? pm


Following the Peter Hall Lecture, we will gather at 6:15 pm at the hotel’s main entrance to walk a short distance (.70 mile) to Upstream Brewing Company at 514 South 11th Street in the Old Market area. We will be seated in a private room and ordering from a limited menu. Everyone will be responsible for their own tab. 

This is a much less expensive place than last year’s and who doesn’t like micro-brewed beer?
To reserve your place at the SI banquet, please send Laurie Linhart a check made out to Upstream Brewing Company for $35 per person before March 4. Your check will be returned to you at the restaurant. If you are unable to attend or if you cancel at the last minute – your check will cover your no-show.

Send your checks to:
Laurie J. Linhart, Ph.D.
Faculty, Sociology
Des Moines Area Community College, Bldg 2, Room 6A
2006 S. Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny IA 50023

Questions about the banquet? 
Email banquet organizer Laurie Linhart.  Or phone her at 515.988.4810.

5:00 - 6:00

7:00 - 8:00  am

9:30 - 5:00


1:00 - 4:00

4:30 - 5:15

5:15 - 6:15

6:30 - ??

9:30 - 11:00



9:30 - 10:00
Thurs, Apr 3

Fri, Apr 4

Sat, Apr 5

Sun, Apr 6

Special Events at the 2014 MSS Annual Meeting

TOURS require ticket purchase. Buy tickets at the registration page before it closes March 16th.
First-night Welcome Reception - cash bar, drink tickets to the first 100 registrants who show up!  Plus free souvenir MSS coffee cups, snacks, fun.

ASA Department Chairs' Breakfast - Invitations will be sent to chairs by ASA.

ALL DAY FRIDAY:  Posters!  More than 40 posters have been submitted by professionals, grads & undergrads.  Learn more at the POSTER PAGE.

Keynote Address  by John Holmwood.  

TOUR:  Guided Tour of Boys Town [For details, see TOURS.]

Ice Cream Social   - MSS's signature social event. FREE - all are welcome. 
                                    TWO award presentations.

Peter Hall Lecture - Sponsored by SSSI - all welcome.

*Symbolic Interactionist Banquet  [Reservation period is closed.]

TOUR:   The Magic City   [For details, see TOURS.]

Keynote Address by J.Craig Jenkins 

THREE award presentations precede the Presidential Address.                          Presidential Address  followed by Presidential Reception.   FREE - all welcome.

NEW this year at the Presidential Reception:  Micro-groups sponsoring receptions-within-the-reception. At the reception, watch for signs indicating gathering spaces for the Minority Scholars Committee, Women in the Profession Committee, Social Action/Sociological Practice Committees, Opportunities in Retirement [new group!] 

MSS Business Meeting - All MSS members welcome.

Keynote Address                               Friday, April 4                          11:30 AM

“The Uses of the University: Public Higher Education, Inequality and Democracy”

John Holmwood 
Professor, The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom 
President, British Sociological Association  

Keynote Address                               Saturday, April 5                       11:30 AM

 “Why Should Sociology Care About Climate Change?” 

J. Craig Jenkins
Director, Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Professor, The Ohio State University

The Peter Hall Lecture is supported, in part, by a gift from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. 
Climate Change is the burning question of the 21st century,  but the discipline of sociology seems largely distracted, still committed to the “human exceptionalist” paradigm. 

  How will human societies respond and adapt to the physical and social challenges posed over the next century by climate change? My interest here is not to catalogue the various changes that are likely to occur but to show how sociology might contribute to developing a more adaptive and flexible response to global ecosystem. I do this by looking at “ground zero” in the climate challenges of the near future: Bangladesh. Using standard climate model projections, over 50% of Bangladesh land area will be sea bed by the end of this century. Clearly major adaptive changes, including geoengineering, migration and other adaptive changes will have to occur if Bangladeshi society is to persist in anything like its current form.  

With currently over 160 million people (likely to double in the next 30 years), there will be a huge population at risk. I talk briefly about the physical challenges that this underdeveloped country faces and some of the current initiatives and coping efforts that are currently underway and then address some of the major political and socioeconomic obstacles that stand in the way of adaptive change. One of the major changes that will have to happen is that the social sciences will have to abandon many of their currently assumptions about development and attend the interface between human societies and their larger ecosystem—planet earth.  

Award Presentations

4:30 pm, Friday, April 5, at the Ice Cream Social, in the Commons, Blackstone Ballroom A:
  • MSS Distinguished Book Award
  • Jane Addams Outstanding Service Award

4:30 pm, Saturday, April 6, immediately preceding the Presidential Address, Blackstone Ballroom B​
  • Social Action Awards
  • MSS Early Career Scholarship Award
  • Student Paper Competition Awards
Looking for the awards schedule?  Click here.