By President Patricia Gwartney
In deciding to attend a PSA meeting, members juggle three items: The theme, the place, and how to participate (not necessarily in that order). Articles in this issue of The Pacific Sociologist address all three.
In this essay, I briefly outline the meeting theme. Gary Hytrek’s essay explains how the meeting place, Long Beach CA, fits the meeting theme. Marisol Clark-Ibanez will elaborate on Long Beach’s many and unexpected attractions in the fall issue of The Pacific Sociologist. The 2015 Program Director, Wendy Ng, explains how to participate in the “Call for Papers” and I discuss this more below.
By: Program Chair Wendy Ng and Executive Assistant Lora Bristow
To organize its annual meeting, PSA primarily uses an online system of Open Submissions to Topical Areas. This means that most scholars hoping to participate in 2015 will access the online system, choose a topical area, and indicate their preferred type of participation. However, PSA also sets aside some Special Sessions on specialized topics for PSA committees, with an earlier submission period.
By Gary Hytrek
The 86th annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association will be held in Long Beach, California, on April 1-4, 2015. This is the first of two essays introducing (or reintroducing) PSA members and colleagues to Long Beach—a perfect location for scholars, students, and sociological practitioners to explore this year’s theme: People, Place and Power. As a resident of Long Beach, I am excited that PSA has chosen Long Beach as its Southern California site