Conference to explore terrorism, global uncertainty

With a theme of “Terrorism and Responses to Global Uncertainty,” students and faculty from the New York State Sociological Association will probe timely topics during their annual meeting, Oct. 8 and 9, at SUNY Oswego.

Around 100 attendees from more than 30 colleges around the state are expected to attend the 52nd annual conference, noted NYSSA President Tim Delaney, an assistant professor of sociology at SUNY Oswego. Of the nearly 60 presenters, some are coming from as far as Canada and India. Fifteen of those leading sessions are students.

“We expect a great range of presenters,” Delaney said. “Our keynotes and most sessions are led by some of the top professional experts in the field. Having student presenters is always an excellent way to inject youthful energy into the mix and cultivate the next generation that will provide the future of this study. I’m especially proud that several of those student presenters are from SUNY Oswego.”

Jonathan H. Turner, distinguished professor of sociology from the University of California at Riverside, will deliver the keynote presentation on “The Micro-Emotional Basis of Terrorism” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in the Forum in Hewitt Union. A greeting and reception hosted by SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley, starting at 6 p.m. in the Forum, will precede the keynote address and banquet.

Turner has authored or co-authored 26 books, including “Human Institutions: A Theory of Societal Evolution,” “American Ethnicity: A Sociological Analysis of the Dynamics of Discrimination” and “Inequality: Privilege and Poverty in America.” Some of his books, such as “The Emergence of Sociological Theory” and “The Structure of Sociological Theory,” have been reprinted many times and used widely as textbooks in colleges and universities across North America.

Madonna Harrington Meyer, director of Syracuse University’s Gerontology Center at the Maxwell School, will keynote a luncheon and awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Forum. She will discuss “Retrenching Welfare: Old Age Security in the U.S.”

Delaney said students from SUNY Oswego and other colleges from around the region are encouraged to attend the presentations by Turner and Meyer. There is no admission charge for students to attend.

Other topics tackled by sessions at the two-day conference will include “Terrorist Threats and Response,” “Technology and the Information Age,” “Philosophy and Terrorism,” “Domestic Terrorism” and “The Nature of the Insurgency in Iraq.”

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(Posted: Sep 28, 2004)