310 Dartmouth St
Iowa City, IA 52245
MIDWEST SOCIOLOGICAL SOCIETY
2014 Annual Meeting LINKS
Peter Hall Lecture Friday, April 4, 5:15 - 6:15 pm
NO TICKET REQUIRED ALL ARE WELCOME
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
RESERVATION REQUIRED, WITH CHECK, BY MARCH 4
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.
Des Moines Area Community College, Bldg 2, Room 6A
2006 S. Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny IA 50023
Questions about the banquet?
5:00 - 6:00
7:00 - 8:00 am
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 when you register before March 16th.
SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST BANQUET requires advance payment. See below for directions.
Follow links below for more about each event.
First-night Welcome Reception - cash bar, drink tickets, free coffee cups
ASA Department Chairs' Breakfast - Invitations will be sent to chairs by ASA.
TOUR: Guided Tour of Boys Town [For details, see TOURS.]
Ice Cream Social - MSS's signature social event. FREE - all are welcome.
TOUR: The Magic City [For details, see TOURS.]
Presidential Address followed by Presidential Reception. FREE - all welcome.
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”
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?”
R. 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.