We are a network of sociologists who have left, or expect to leave, our primary jobs but want to continue our sociological lives. While some of us are fully retired as sociologists, many of us are sociologists who are, or expect to become, "semi-retired” — retired from our primary employment, but not necessarily retired professionally. We are interested both in how individuals create retirements for themselves and also in institutional policies that enhance or constrain their retirement choices.
Our special focus is on opportunities for doing sociology in this chapter of our lives; however, all those interested in any aspect of retirement are welcome.
2014 ESSORN SESSION
SESSION #285: Annual Gathering of ESSORN (ESS Opportunities in Retirement Network) - Meeting -
Saturday Feb 22 | 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
(For the Room Assignment, see the Complete Program Available at the Annual Meeting.)
This open meeting will include topics listed plus general discussion of future plans and activities.
Organizer: Peter J. Stein, Institute on Aging, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill
Thinking of retirement? Semi-retired? Retired? Come join us for an informal discussion facilitated by Lynda Lytle Holmstrom, Professor Emerita, Boston College. We will share some reflections about our experiences in and expectations for retirement; report back on some organizational activities (exciting developments coming from the retirement workshop held at the August 2013 ASA meeting in New York and an October 2013 meeting held at the ASA Executive Offices in Washington D.C.); and discuss suggestions for future goals and activities.
About ESSORN's Presence at the August 2013 ASA Meetings in New York and Beyond
November UPDATE: Following our meeting during the August ASA program in New York, Peter Stein, Rosalyn Darling, and Jon Darling met on October 22 at the ASA offices in Washington with Sally Hillsman, Janet Astner, Karen Edwards, Craig Schaar, Roberta Spalter-Roth, Margaret Vitullo to discuss ways to support networking among retired sociologists. The meeting was long and very productive, and the staff was gracious and completely supportive. Among other matters, we discussed various ways in which ASA could support retired members and the best format for such a new group. We decided that a forum called the Opportunities in Retirement Network might be the best format. The next step will be the submission of a proposal to Council to receive "official" recognition of our status as an ASA entity. That recognition would entitle us to sessions, meeting space, and possibly a reception and program at the annual meetings, beginning in 2015. We may also have a limited program presence in 2014. We welcome suggestions and ideas from colleagues. Share your comments and suggestions here.
If you would like to add your name to the new ASA ORN listserv list, please use the CONTACT US menu tab and provide your name and contact information, or contact either of the two individuals listed just below. We'd be pleased to include you in the network!
Prior to the 2013 ASA Annual Meeting in New York, 80 retired and pre-retired colleagues replied to our invitation (sent via an ASA email blast) to confirm their interest in the concept of a Sociological Opportunities in Retirement Network (ORN). With the support of Sally Hillsman, ASA Executive Officer, and the terrific, invaluable assistance of Karen Edwards and Margaret Vitullo of the ASA staff. The two hour meeting in New York was very exciting and encouraging, and it led to an invitation to meet with the ASA staff in Washington, DC in October (see the November UPDATE just above).
We are looking for volunteers in other regions who might be interested in putting together organizational sessions at their regional meetings. If you think you might like to get involved in this project, please contact Rosalyn Darling (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peter Stein (email@example.com).
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