2019 Conference

PSA’s 90th Annual Meetings/Conference
“Engaging Millennials: Researching and Teaching about Power, Diversity, and Change”
Thursday, March 28 to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Oakland, California

A Message from President Elaine Bell Kaplan & Program Chair Sharon Davis

News about 2019 Conference presenters

President: Elaine Bell Kaplan, University of Southern California
Program Chair: Sharon Davis, University of La Verne

Please join us to celebrate the Pacific Sociological Association’s 90th year, March 28-31, 2019.

The conference will be held at The Oakland Marriot City Center in downtown Oakland. Oakland offers PSA members, friends and families a number of restaurants nearby. This modern downtown hotel is 13 minutes from Jack London Square and 14 minutes from the Oakland Museum of California. You can hop on Bart for a short ride to San Francisco. To top it off, in March, Oakland weather stays mostly at a comfortable 63-65 degrees

The conference theme: “ENGAGING MILLENNIALS: RESEARCHING AND TEACHING ABOUT POWER, DIVERSITY AND CHANGE” provides us with the opportunity to celebrate Pacific Sociological Association’s past and at the same time, promote the future generation of sociologists – the millennial generation (born 1981-1996). I am drawn to this population for several reasons: This generation is the largest population compared with earlier generations. It is also the most progressive generation since the 1960s. In 2008, millennials helped to elect the first black president. Millennials are also the most racially diverse generation in American history. As PSA members we have had many opportunities to engage with them as students, researchers and teachers.

My emphasis on the millennial generation is in line with the Pacific Sociological Association’s mission to advance scholarly research on all social processes and areas of social life; to promote high quality research and teaching of sociological knowledge and to mentor the next generation of sociologists. In fact, the Pacific Sociological Association’s annual meetings provide an informal setting in which millennials can meet other future sociologists who are moving into or moving up in their careers.

I am delighted to give you an overview of the distinguished speakers and panelists who will engage us with their powerful commitment to use their research and teaching to challenge the current orthodoxy. For example, Arlie Russell Hochschild will engage us in conversations about her field work in Trump country. Michael Buroway will take us on his Public Sociology journey. Dean Dorn, representing the Emeritus Committee, and past president Amy Orr (2018) will help us celebrate PSA’s 90 years by highlighting PSA’s past and the challenges millenials face in the future. Other panelists will explore the world of millennials and the criminal justice system, Black millennials and the natural hair movement, and the DACA Program.  Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo has organized a panel to explore issues facing Latinx Millennials. Glenn Goodwin has assembled a theory panel called “Engaging Millenials on Sociology.” His panelists are outstanding scholars in the field and include Randy Collins, Jonathan Turner, Kevin McCaffree, and Norbert Wiley.

And taking us further into the future, Uriel Serrano has organized a panel of high school students (the Z generation) including Edna Chavez, a member of the Douglas High School Parkland March for Our Lives Movement.

We are also presenting two Author meets Critics Sessions: one session, organized by Black Hawk Hancock, features JooYoung Lee, author of, “Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central.” The second AMC features Michael Messner, author of “Guys Like Me:  Five Wars, Five Veterans for Peace.”

We are also planning special events to help us move into the next 90 years, including a presentation and performance by Hip-Hop for Change group, a Oakland based non-profit organization.

Do join us. The theme message for the PSA 90th year: We can bring the past to millennials and they can bring us into the future.

i). Pew Research Center. 2018. Accessed June 13, 2018. (http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/01/defining-generations-where-millennials-end-and-post-millennials)