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Archives - August 2018

August 30, 2018

Congratulations to the Student Paper Competition Winners

Congratulations to all of the Student Paper Competition Winners for their outstanding accomplishment of receiving a division award for their student papers at the 2018 Annual Meeting.  The selection of each student paper for the award signifies exceptional writing and scholarship, as well as tremendous potential for a successful career.  To read the abstracts for the 2018 Student Paper Competition winners and honorable mentions, visit:  Additional information regarding eligibility for next year’s student paper awards will be available on the SSSP website this fall.

08/30/2018, 10:34 AM


August 28, 2018

Congratulations to the Award, Fellowship, and Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the Award, Fellowship, and Scholarship winners who were recognized at the 2018 Annual Meeting for their active pursuit in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems, and their accomplishment of being exceptional scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students. SSSP highlights these outstanding individuals on our webpage.  A full list of the 2018 winners can be found here:  To learn more about SSSP’s awards/fellowship/scholarship including nomination information, visit:

08/28/2018, 09:09 AM


August 23, 2018

Congratulations to the Thomas C. Hood Social Action Fundraiser Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Dr. Jean-Pierre Reed, Southern Illinois University, for winning the drawing for a two-night hotel stay at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel.  Purchasing a $5 raffle ticket to benefit the Thomas C. Hood Social Action Fund put his name in the drawing for this prize, plus the money always goes to an organization in the city hosting the annual meeting for its social justice work.  This year’s funding went to Mural Arts Philadelphia (

08/23/2018, 11:32 AM


August 21, 2018

Annual Meeting Thank You

To all who helped make the 2018 Annual Meeting a huge success, we want to convey our extreme gratitude.  Compelling papers presented in powerful sessions, strong mentor and mentee encounters, enjoyable receptions, and captivating conversations are only a few of the things we remember with fondness from our time in Philadelphia.  There would be no annual meeting without all of you.

One of our sessions, CRITICAL DIALOGUE: Presidential Perspectives of Current Issues in our Field, featured the Presidents of several scholarly organizations.  The panelists discussed the current state of affairs in academia, including issues of race, class, and gender.  People in order:

Luis A. Fernandez – President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)

Marcus Anthony Hunter – President of the Association of Black Sociologists (ABS)

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva – President of the American Sociological Association (ASA)

Adia Harvey Wingfield – President of the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)

Nazli Kibria – President of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS)

Mary Romero – President-Elect of the American Sociological Association (ASA)

David G. Embrick – Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) and Presider of the session

08/21/2018, 09:43 AM


August 12, 2018

Optional One-Day Workshops

The sold-out one-day workshops are tomorrow, Monday, August 13, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.  Those who registered in advance received their ticket with their name badge.  The Community-Based Participatory Action Research Workshop begins at 9:00am in Freedom E on the Mezzanine Level. The Writing and Publishing Workshop begins at 10:00am in Independence C & D on the Mezzanine Level.

08/12/2018, 04:54 PM


August 11, 2018

Annual Meeting Special Events

Be sure to join us today, August 11, for the SSSP Business Meeting, Presidential Address, Awards Ceremony, and Division-Sponsored Reception. 

Attend the Business Meeting for an update on the status and future of SSSP from 4:15pm-5:25pm.  The Presidential Plenary will feature the formal address of President Luis A. Fernandez from 5:30pm-6:30pm.  The SSSP Awards Ceremony, conferring the 2018 major SSSP awards will follow from 6:45pm-7:45pm.  You don’t want to miss the Division-Sponsored Reception from 7:45pm-8:45pm.  All registrants are invited to attend these events.

08/11/2018, 01:45 PM

Session #95 highlights the work of Mural Arts Philadelphia, winner of the Thomas C. Hood Social Action Award

Plan to attend Special Session #95: Social Action – Highlight the Work of the Social Action Winner on Saturday, August 11 from 2:30pm-4:10pm in Salon 3 & 4.

A representative from Mural Arts Philadelphia will discuss the organization’s history, mission, and the unique and crucial work it does.  Jane Golden is Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, overseeing its growth from a small city agency to the nation’s largest mural program and a model for community development around the globe.  Under Golden’s direction, Mural Arts has created more than 4,000 landmark works of public art through innovative collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofits, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies,

08/11/2018, 08:55 AM


August 10, 2018

Welcome to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love!

08/10/2018, 07:02 AM


August 09, 2018

Annual Meeting Events

The 68th SSSP Annual Meeting features several receptions and special events open to SSSP registrants.  These include the Arrival Meet & Greet Reception, the Welcoming Reception, the Book Launch Event for Global Agenda for Social Justice, the Graduate Student Happy Hour, the New Member Breakfast, the Presidential Address of Dr. Luis A. Fernandez, the Awards Ceremony, the Division-Sponsored Reception, and the Drinking and Drugs Division Reception.  Click here to view descriptions of these events and more!

08/09/2018, 07:01 AM


August 08, 2018

Download the SSSP Mobile App

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08/08/2018, 10:37 AM


August 07, 2018

Final Program Reminder

The 2018 SSSP Annual Meeting is almost here!  Before departing for Philadelphia, take a look at the final program to plan your daily schedule.

08/07/2018, 12:06 PM


August 06, 2018

Announcing Release of SSSP Publication – Global Agenda for Social Justice

The Justice 21 Committee of the SSSP is pleased to announce the publication of the volume Global Agenda for Social Justice, which represents a continuing effort by our society to nourish a “public sociology” that will be easily accessible and useful to policy makers, academics, activists, concerned citizens, & students.  It is also a way to give something back to the people and institutions that support our scholarly endeavors.  We hope that you find it helpful in your challenging work of crafting successful solutions to contemporary social problems.

To access the Global Agenda for Social Justice, visit:

Finally, please attend the book launch event taking place during the 2018 SSSP Meetings in Philadelphia.  All are invited to the event on Friday, August 10 from 7:00pm-8:30pm, held at Wooden Shoe Books (704 South Street).  Refreshments will be available.

08/06/2018, 10:34 AM


August 02, 2018

2018 Proposed Resolutions

Resolutions constitute an important opportunity for our scholar-activist membership to analyze and opine on contemporary social problems that we believe the Society should address as a social justice organization.  All SSSP members are invited to review the proposed 2018 resolutions and participate in the resolutions process.

New resolution guidelines were adopted in order to promote and facilitate wider discussion prior to formal consideration at the 2018 Business Meeting [Saturday, August 11 from 4:15pm–5:25pm, Horizons Rooftop Ballroom].  To that end, please review the four proposed resolutions.  An open forum to discuss the proposed resolutions will be held on Friday, August 10, 2:30pm–4:10pm, Salon 10.  Possible modifications to the resolutions will be considered during the open discussion.  The revised (if any) resolutions will then be presented as a package for approval by the membership at the business meeting.

We would also like to remind individuals and divisions who submitted resolutions that if the action requires sending a letter or letters and/or e-mails, you will have to provide the names and addresses of the recipients and possibly be asked to assist in the drafting of the correspondence. Our thanks to everyone who submitted a resolution and to our members for giving them careful consideration.  If you have any questions regarding the proposed resolutions, please contact Vice-President David G. Embrick at

08/02/2018, 10:14 AM