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“Sociology: Needed Now More Than Ever!"
New York State Sociological Association
Sixty-Fifth Annual Meeting

Friday October 20th & Saturday, October 21st
St. John Fisher College
Rochester, NY

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St. John Fisher Colege and the Department of Sociology & Anthropology are proud to host the NYSSA annual meeting for 2017.

The election of Donald Trump and the associated consequences have made the need for sociological insights and expertise even more essential. The classic sociological areas of research and interest around power and inequality, and the ways that social characteristics shape life chances are in the forefront of our day to day lives in an urgent and troubling way.With so many people suprised by the election results and the events that have followed, the analysis and insights of sociology are needed now more than ever. The program this year includes sessions on a diverse range of topics from the opiod epidemic to student retention rates at liberal arts institutions to the conesequences of gentrification. Join us for the sharing and celebration of science for public good.

2017 Program

Registration is in Basil Hall on the St. John Fisher campus.. Click here for a printable campus map (Basil Hall is building #5) Park in Lot A.

Guest Speakers


Michael P. Farrell, University at Buffalo

“Collaborative Circles and their Discontents:  The Case of Sigmund Freud's Wednesday Society Circle” 

Collaborative circles (CCs) are primary groups that share a common vision in a field where creative work is done. Combining the dynamics of friendship and work groups, these groups contribute to both the creative work and adult development of their members. CCs develop through stages, beginning with a Formation stage when they are brought together by a gatekeeper, and concluding with the Collective Action and Member Individuation Stages. A 1st Generation CC consists of peers who initiate a new movement in a field; a 2nd Generation CC includes a mentor from a 1st generation CC and a set of novice followers.   In this paper I examine the  "friction" that develops in 2nd generation circles as novice members attempt to break free from dependency on the vision of an illustrious mentor.   Examples from Freud's Wednesday Society will be used to illustrate friction and group boundary setting processes in 2nd Generation CCs.   

Michael P. Farrell received a PhD in sociology from Yale University and did postdoctoral research at Harvard University.  Author of Collaborative Circles: Friendship Dynamics and Creative Work, his research program includes studies of adolescent and adult developmental processes in families, friendships, and work groups.   He is a former chair of the Sociology Department and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at University at Buffalo, SUNY.  

Saturday 1:30pm Luncheon Address

Brian Barry, Rochester Institute of Technology

“The Sociology of Suffering”

The Sociology of suffering will consider the theoretical versus activist strain in sociology, the ways evidence- based sociology can inform social policy, the framing of social problems and the ways individual s can lessen human suffering through consumer and charitable behavior. 

Brian Barry is Associate Professor of Sociology and Psychology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. In Social Science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, a Masters in Social Science at Syracuse University, and a B.A. in Sociology cum laude at St . John Fisher College.


Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pittsford for $137.00 a night plus tax. Call (585)248-9000 or 1+ (877) STAY-HGI or (1-877-782-9444).

Please ask for the New York State Sociological Association Conference rate when making the reservation. The deadline for reservations is VERY SOON—9/19/17.


For more information please contact David Baranov @ St. John Fisher College

(585) 385-8220 or