WCSA at ASA’s

Class cultures were a hot topic at the American Sociological Association conference a couple of weeks ago, not just because Michele Lamont is the new ASA president and she made “Culture and Inequalities” the overall conference theme, but also because 3 Working-Class Studies Association members worked to increase awareness of WCSA and all of our opportunities among the sociologists.

Jessi Streib, Allison Hurst, and Betsy Leondar-Wright (and their publishers) gave out many copies of a Class Cultures Caucus flyer with information about WCSA and the newly formed Class Cultures Caucus.

These three also organized a get-together over dinner which was well-attended. Some WCSA members and attenders came (including Lisa McKenzie, Colby King, Debbie Warnock, Jenny Stuber), but also people new to our network, including Joan Williams, author of White Working Class.

In the spirit of WCSA Treasurer Ken Estey’s encouragement to “go forth and multiply,” participants went out and encouraged interested sociologists to get involved with WCSA! The organizers gathered a list of over 30 people newly interested in WCSA. Jessi shared an inspiring description at the dinner for how great the WCSA conferences are, and we hope we may see some new people come to Stony Brook next year as a result.

Besides info on the next WCSA conference, the journal, the blog, the Caucus, Working-Class Academics and Class Action, participants also shared a call for papers that other WCSA members might be interested in. This CfP is for a mini-conference on Class and Culture convened by Annette Lareau and Elliot Weininger at the Eastern Sociological Society in February in Baltimore.

The Class Cultures Caucus founders (Barb Jensen, Jack Metzgar and Jeff Torlina as well as sociologists Jessi, Allison, and Betsy ) will come be working on plans to encourage some of those new folks to get more involved with WCSA. In the meantime, please continue to encourage other folks to get more involved with WCSA.

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SEISMIC Support for Students at Bridgewater State, with WCSA Steering Committee Member

WCSA Steering Committee member Colby King is a co-PI on the SEISMIC grant program at Bridgewater State University, which was recently funded through the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM program (NSF-DUE 1643475).

SEISMIC will involve scholars in interdisciplinary undergraduate research, science based service learning, and mentoring and cohort activities designed to improve scholars’ social, psychological, and cultural capital. The program funds scholarships and academic support for academically talented, low-income students. Over five years, cohorts of nine SEISMIC scholars will be admitted to the program each year with an award of $6,000 each, renewable for three years. Dr. Thomas Kling is directing the program along with Dr. Colby King, Dr. Stephen Waratuke and Dr. Jennifer Aizenman at BSU.