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Past Meetings


Year City Theme and Keynote Speaker
1990 Carson Sociologists in California’s Future
Earl Babbie, Chapman University
1991 Oakland New Ways of Examining Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in California
Walter Allen, UC Los Angeles
1992 San Diego The Cutting Edge: Sociology & Technology in California
Troy Duster, UC Los Angeles
1993 Berkeley Re-building California: The Role of Sociology in Reconstructing the StateAnn Swidler, UC Berkeley
1994 Long Beach California Disasters: Natural, Economic, Social
Ruben Rumbaut, Michigan State University
1995 San Francisco California’s Information Highway 2000: Gridlock or Easy Access?
David Nasatir, CSU Dominguez Hills & UC Berkeley
1996 San Diego Sociology Making a Difference: Public Policy & Practice
Jonathan H. Turner, UC Riverside,“Must Sociological Theory & Practice be So Far Apart”
1997 Sacramento Insecurity in Contemporary Society: Perception & Reality
John Vasconcellos, “California Social Problems and Higher Education”
Robert Gurian, “The Legislature and California Higher Education”
1998 Riverside Has Sociology Made the World Better?
Richard Flacks, “Has Sociology Made the World Better?”
Panel–Gordon Clanton, Earl Babbie, Jonathan Turner, Shoon Lio, Robin Franck, “How Can We Improve the Teaching of Sociology?”
1999 Berkeley Work & Leisure in the New Millennium
Robert Bellah, “Public Life in a Privatized Society”Scott Coltrane, “Gender, Work, & Families”
2000 Riverside The Uses of Sociology
G. William Domhoff, “The Uses of Sociology”
Panel–Harvey Rich, Steven Brint, Mark Drummond, Phillip Glotzback, Scott McNall, David Warren, “Facing Higher Education in the 21st Century”
2001 Sacramento Sociology For the New Century
Dan Walters, “The Interaction of Demographics Trends with California’s Economics and Politics”
Panel—Gordon Clanton, Diane Beeson, Susan Garfin, Shoon Lio, “9/11/01 Attack and Aftermath: Sociological Perspectives”
2002 Riverside The Challenges to Social Justice and Diversity in a Changing World
Ruben G. Rumbaut, UC Irvine, “The Melting and the Pot: Variety and Assimilation in American Life”
2003 Berkeley Using the Sociological Imagination
Barrie Throne, UC Berkeley, “Unpacking School Lunches: The Changing Contours of Childhood in Urban California”
Neil Smelser, UC Berkeley, “Cultural Dimensions of 9/11: Issues of Trauma and Revenge”
2004 Riverside The Relevance of Sociology
Tom Hayden, Former California State Senator and Assemblyman, “Empire, Democracy, and the Role of Public Intellectuals”
Michael Messner, University of Southern California, “Masculinities, Femininities and the Governator”
2005 Sacramento California Faultlines
Michael Burawoy, “Public Sociology”
2006 Riverside Dreaming California: The Myth, the Image, and the Possibilities of California
Robert Scheer, “War and Poverty in California”
2007 Berkeley Building Communities: Local &Global Landscapes
Charles Hohm, “Improving Sociology’s Standing in the Academy”
2008 Riverside Applying Sociology to Societal Issues
Daniel Yankalovich, UC San Diego “ The New Pragmatism: Coping with America’s Overwhelming Problems”
2009 Berkeley The Next Generation
Peter Phillips, Sonoma State University, “Truth, Emergency and Public Sociology: How Colleges and Universities Can Support Media Democracy”
2010 Riverside Sociology in a Time of Crisis
Peter Skerry, Boston College, “How Muslims Are Becoming Americans”
2011 Berkeley California and the World
Christopher Chase-Dunn, UC Riverside, “World-systems in California and California in the Modern World-System”
2012 Riverside California’s Regional Diversity
Roger Waldinger, UCLA, “Cross Boundaries: International Migration in the New Century”
2013 Berkeley Social Change: Local and Global
John W. Meyer, Sanford University, “The Worldwide Cultural Reconstructions of Local Identities”
2014 Riverside Social Responsibility
Jane Prather, CSU Northridge, “Lessons Learned in Prison: The Urgency of Prison Reform”
2015 Sacramento Social Realities, Social Change: The Importance of Global Context
Bill Robinson, UC Santa Barbara, “Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity”
 2016   Riverside   Global and Local Change
Mark Juergensmeyer, UC Santa Barbara, “International Terrorism”
 2017   Sacramento  A Legacy of Sociology
G. William Domhoff, UC Santa Cruz, “’Who Rules America’ and Power Structure Research: Legacies of the Sixties? Or Relics?”
 2018   Riverside Inequality and Social Justice in the Contemporary Era
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, USC, 
“Racies y Raza / Roots and Race: Latino Immigrant Home-making in L.A.’s Historically Black Neighborhoods.”

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