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2010 Call for Papers

Saturday April 24, 2010 at the University of Northern Iowa

Click HERE for final draft of the program!

Dear Iowa Sociologists, Criminologists and Anthropologists:

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is pleased to host the 2010 Iowa Sociological Association (ISA) Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 8am to 4pm.  Registration will begin at 8am and the first set of paper and poster presentations will begin at 9am. 

In addition to these sessions, from 3:00 to 4:00pm we will hold several professionalization workshops for students and faculty, such as preparing for graduate school, writing Curriculum Vitae, and the like.    

The ISA conference is an undergraduate-focused conference, and provides a formal yet supportive conference environment for these students to present their best work in sociology and social science-related fields. This year students may present either a paper or a poster, and as in the past, there are four paper awards:
.       Mary Alice Ericson (Freshman-Sophomore)
.        Manford Kuhn (Junior-Senior)
.        Stephen Wieting (Integrating Theory and Research)
.        Ward Reynoldson (Criminal Justice)

Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Joel Best, Professor of Sociology and

Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware.  Dr. Best specializes in the Sociology of Deviance and Social Problems, and among his publications, includes books such as Threatened Children,  More Damned Lies and Statistics, and Flavor of the Month: Why Smart People Fall for Fads

His keynote address “Everyone's a Winner: Life in a Congratulatory Culture” will be from 11:00 to 12 noon on Saturday, April 24th, 2010 in Seerley Hall. 

 Lecture Description (
Saturday afternoon):
We live in a society where every kindergarten soccer player receives a trophy.  Although sociologists have traditionally viewed status as a scarce resource, ours is an era of status affluence.  We award ever more prizes and educational honors, we designate lots of heroes, and we carefully rate and rank all manner of phenomena.  What are the causes–and consequences–of abundant status?

In addition to being ISA’s keynote speaker, Dr. Best will give a public lecture, “The Stupidity Epidemic” on the UNI campus on the evening of Friday, April 23rd, in Schindler Education Center (SEC) 244/246 at 6pm. 

Lecture Description (
Friday night):
There is a widespread perception that we’re getting dumber–that our schools are failing, that today’s students are “The Dumbest Generation.”   But claims about a crisis in American education have a surprisingly long history, and a review of the available evidence offers some surprising findings that force us to consider just why we believe in a Stupidity Epidemic.


We will make the final schedule available once we receive all paper and poster submissions in late March/early April, 2010. 

The conference is in Seerley Hall, with registration in the Great Reading Room on the second floor. http://www.uni.edu/infosys/campusmap/index.shtml#

As the conference is on Saturday, ISA participants can park in a variety of parking lots close to Seerley Hall—we suggest parking in the A lot (indicated by the color red on the map) adjacent to Gilchrist Hall: http://www.uni.edu/infosys/campusmap/parking.shtml

Registration costs are $10 for students, and $15 for faculty.  See the attached form at the bottom of this page for details on how to register for the conference. 

Lunch will be on your own from 12 noon to 1:30pm.  There are numerous restaurants within walking distance of campus, and the Piazza, a campus dining hall is open that day, with “all you care to eat” lunch options for $9.00: http://www.uni.edu/dor/dining/placestoeat/piazza.htm

We look forward to seeing you in April!  Please contact either Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn or Marybeth Stalp at iowasoc@uni.edu with questions.


Poster size should not exceed 4ft X 4ft.

Push pins are required to set up the poster--please bring your own pins.
Please be present alongside your posters to facilitate questions and discussions (the final schedule will be made available shortly).

Handouts are optional, and the student is responsible for putting up and taking down his/her own poster.

For additional information please contact us at iowasoc@uni.edu

Click here for general tips on presenting posters.

CALL FOR PAPERS (DEADLINE: March 26, 2010 (past deadline)

Please see the Call for Papers (bottom of page) which provides details on the paper and poster submission process, paper competition guidelines, and deadlines.  Additionally, if you are interested in serving as a paper judge or session presider, please let us know by contacting us at iowasoc@uni.edu. Thanks to those who have already volunteered—we will be in touch very soon.

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