2018 Annual Meeting 

2018 Final Program

2018 Annual Meeting Program Cover

Abolitionist Approaches to
Social Problems

The Society for the Study of Social Problems
68th Annual Meeting, August 10-12, 2018

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
201 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA

As of August 1, 2018, the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel became known as the “Philadelphia 201 Hotel” and is no longer be a Sheraton branded hotel.  This change marks the start of a yearlong, multi-million dollar, complete property renovation and revitalization.

For Starwood Preferred & Marriott Rewards Guest members, nothing will change.  You will continue to be awarded membership points and earn elite night credits for your stay.  The hotel sales team has assured us that our group can expect exceptional service from their hotel team during our upcoming annual meeting.  We look forward to seeing everyone who will be attending the 68th Annual Meeting from August 10-13, 2018, in downtown Philadelphia.


View the final program below for detailed information and the program schedule, including a rich assortment of sessions, meetings, special events, and receptions.

Searchable Features

Click here to download a PDF version of the final program (posted: 07/30/18)

Program Schedule 
Committee and Divisional Meetings

Index of Participants
Index of Sessions 
Plenary, Thematic, and Special Sessions
Receptions and Special Events
Meeting Space Floor Plan

 Annual Meeting Information 

In Recognition of Past and Present Service
Annual Meeting Program Theme
Annual Meeting Schedule

Welcome to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love
How to Navigate the City • Things to do in Philadelphia

Welcome to Philadelphia - Graduate Student Version
Philadelphia Restaurant Guide
SSSP Anti-Harassment Policy
Domestic Violence Resources • Emergency Counseling Resources 

Hotel Services
Room Reservations • Dining Options  Shopping Philadelphia Area Attractions • Childcare 
Accessibility and Social Justice
Hotel • Air Quality - Smoking - Service Animals • Comfort Zone All-Gender Restroom • Lactation Room • Sessions • Airport • Accessibility Information
Transportation Options
Driving Directions • Parking Services • Airport Transportation • Bus • Trains
Registration Services and Audio-Visual Services
Book Exhibit Information
The Scholar’s Choice • Policy Press • PM Press
Meeting Mentor Program
Listing of Organizations Also Meeting in Philadelphia
Walking Directions to the ASA Locations
Listing of Officers and Committee Members
Officers and Board of Directors • Elected Committees • Appointed Committees • Appointed Positions • Ad Hoc Committees • Administrative Office
Listing of Sustaining Members

Annual Meeting Events

2017 C. Wright Mills Award Finalists
2018 Student Paper Competitions Winners and Outstanding Scholarship Award Winners
Book Launch Event: Global Agenda for Social Justice

Free Film Screenings/Panel
Film Screening of The Pushouts • Film Screening/Panel of Voices of Baltimore
Mural Arts Philadelphia: Winner of the 2018 Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award
Important Meetings/Open Discussion of Proposed Resolutions
Abolishing Barriers to Access at SSSP and Accessibility Committee Informational Meeting  Graduate Student Meeting  Open Discussion of Proposed Resolutions • SSSP Business Meeting
Important Events
Presidential Address • Awards Ceremony • Awards to be Presented • Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award Fundraiser-Raffle
Receptions and Special Events
Arrival Meet & Greet Reception • Welcoming Reception  Book Launch Event: Global Agenda for Social Justice  New Member Breakfast 
 Division-Sponsored Reception  Drinking and Drugs Division Reception
Optional One-Day Workshops-SOLD OUT
Community-Based Participatory Action Research • Writing and Publishing
Optional Walking Tours-SOLD OUT

Ghetto to Gayborhood Walking Tour • Raising a Glass to Prohibition Walking Tour
Future Annual Meetings

2019 Annual Meeting Program Theme

      Illuminating the Social in Social Problems