Friday, August 21, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm CDT

Opening Plenary Session. Abortion in America: A Discussion with the Only Doctor Providing Abortions in Mississippi and Three Sociologists

Willie Parker M.D.

OB-GYN

S. Philip Morgan

University of North Carolina

Zakiya Luna

University of California-Santa Barbara

Sarah K. Cowan

New York Univeristy

Abortion was enshrined as a legal right with the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision. Yet legislatures pass and courts permit some restrictions, large geographical areas have no abortion providers, and political conflict rages. After a brief introduction to relevant trends by demographer Phil Morgan, the featured speaker will be Dr. Willie Parker, the only doctor providing abortions in Mississippi. He will discuss the struggles entailed in doing this work, and what he has learned about the lives of the women that seek abortions. Following his talk, two sociologists will provide brief accounts of their relevant research. Zakiya Luna will discuss the reproductive justice movement, which engages in cross-movement organizing to achieve a world where people have access to abortion as well as support for having children and parenting with dignity. Sarah K. Cowan will highlight how abortions are discussed—or kept secret—in social networks, and how this can affect political opinion. Audience members will then join in a discussion with Dr. Parker and the panelists.

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Paula England, New York University

Panelists

Willie Parker, M.D., OB-GYN

S. Philip Morgan, University of North Carolina

Zakiya Luna, University of California-Santa Barbara

Sarah K. Cowan,, New York University

Saturday, August 22, from 12:30 - 2:10 pm CDT

Plenary Session. The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage: Public Opinion and the Courts

Gregory B. Lewis

Georgia State University

Brian Powell

Indiana University

Verta Taylor

University of California-Santa Barbara

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell University

For better or worse, same-sex marriage has dominated discussions of gay rights in recent years. Public opinion has shifted in a direction favorable to marriage equality, significant social movement resources have focused on preventing or attaining the right of same-sex couples to marry, and an avalanche of court decisions have come down. Panelists will consider public opinion shifts, which social groups favor and oppose same-sex marriage, how social movements have organized and networked for and against same-sex marriage, and the import of recent court decisions.

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Gregory B. Lewis, Georgia State University

Brian Powell, Indiana University

Verta Taylor, University of California-Santa Barbara

Michael C. Dorf,, Cornell University

Saturday, August 22, from 8:00 - 9:30 pm CDT

Plenary Session. Modern Romance: Dating, Mating, and Marriage

Aziz Ansari

Actor and Comedian

Christian Rudder

OK Cupid

Helen Fisher

State University of New Jersey-Rutgers

Eli Finkel

Northwestern University

When American sociologists initially studied modern romance about a century ago, they discovered that most people were fiercely parochial. Americans generally dated and mated within their hometowns, and in big cities they often married someone who lived within a few blocks. This session explores the transformation of modern romance over the past century, paying particular attention to recent changes related to the Internet, globalization, the rising status of women, the acceptance of non-conventional sexual relationships, and the search for a soul mate. The panelists, who come from inside and outside the academy, will assess how singles manage the expanded options available to them today, and examine emerging attitudes about and experiences in committed relationships and marriages.

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Eric Klinenberg, New York University

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Aziz Ansari, Actor and Comedian

Christian Rudder, OK Cupid

Helen Fisher, State University of New Jersey-Rutgers

Eli Finkel,, Northwestern University

Sunday, August 23, from 4:30 - 6:10 pm CDT

ASA Awards Ceremony & Presidential Address

Paula England

New York University

The Presidential Plenary featuring the formal address of ASA President Paula England will be held on Sunday, August 23, at 4:30p.m. The Awards Ceremony, conferring the 2015 major awards, will open this session. All registrants are invited to attend this plenary session and the Honorary Reception afterwards to honor President Paula England and the award recipients.

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Monday, August 24, from 12:30 - 2:10 pm CDT

Plenary Session. The Rise of Nonmarital Births

Larry Wu

New York University

Andrew Cherlin

Johns Hopkins University

Marcia Carlson

University of Wisconsin-Madison

An increasing proportion of American women and men have their first child, and sometimes subsequent children, outside of marriage. The upward trend began more than a half century ago, and is more pronounced among those with who are less privileged. For example, there is almost no such trend among white college graduates. Nonmarital births are typically to couples in relationships or cohabiting unions that break up within a few years, leading to substantial complexity and instability in family patterns. Panelists will consider the trends, social forces encouraging nonmarital births, and their consequences for adults and children.

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Larry Wu, New York University

Andrew Cherlin, John Hopkins University

Marcia Carlson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Monday, August 24, from 8:00 - 9:30 pm CDT

Plenary Session. Internet Dating

Elizabeth Bruch

University of Michigan

Jennifer Lundquist

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Michael Rosenfeld

Stanford University

Using internet dating sites to find partners is now completely mainstream. Panelists will consider the sociology of how this system works. Two panelists will use their access to data from internet dating sites revealing what groups are on the site and who contacts and responds to whom. One panelist will show how race affects who is contacted or responded to among those seeking same-sex or other-sex partners. Another panelist will use new methods to uncover what people are looking for in partners, and how market constraints shape people’s search and contact strategies. Another panelist will report on a survey ascertaining which groups are more likely to have used the internet to find partners, and will put internet dating into a broader historical perspective focusing on macrosocial trends affecting mate choice and family formation.

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Paula England, New York University

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Elizabeth Bruch,University of Michigan

Jennifer Lundquist, IUniversity of Massachusetts-Amherst

Michael Rosenfeld,, Stanford University

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