DCSS events and happenings of interest to the DMV sociology community.

Upcoming events

    • February 29, 2024
    • March 03, 2024
    • Washington Marriott at Metro Center
    The Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) 2024 Annual Meeting, "The Social Side of the Climate Crisis" will be held February 29-March 3 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center.

    Join the American U Center for Environment, Community, and Equity on Thursday, February 29th for the ESS’s Opening Presidential Plenary on the AU campus from 4pm-6pm with a reception to follow. The plenary session will be held in the Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service (SIS) building.

    Participants who also wish to attend the 6 p.m. DCSS event can walk across the quad to the entrance to Butler Pavilion (to the right of Mary Graydon Center) and take the elevator to Butler 6th floor.  

    More info on the opening plenary is here.

    Information on the ESS conference is here.

    • February 29, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Butler Board Room, Sixth Floor Butler Pavilion

    ASA President-Elect
    Adia Harvey Wingfield

    “From Discrimination to DEI: The Possibilities and Limits of Addressing Race in the Workplace”

    Thursday, February 29, 2024
    Time: 6-8:00 pm (reception following the talk beginning about 7:20)
    Location: American University campus, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Butler Board Room, Sixth Floor Butler Pavilion

    stop is Tenleytown-AU on Red Line, take the AU shuttle. (Shuttle to campus: take RED express shuttle route and get off at Katzen Art Center, cross Mass. Ave and continue walking toward “tunnel” and entrance to Bender Arena, take elevator to Butler 6th floor. Shuttle from campus: take BLUE shuttle route at Kogod Building to Tenleytown-AU Metro stop.)
    Visitor parking Bender Arena/Sports Center Parking Garage, from which there is direct access to 6th floor of Butler Pavilion from garage 6th floor and elevator access to Butler 6th floor from all lower garage floors.

    • March 09, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Arena Stage, 1101 6th St SW, Washington DC 20024

    Tempestuous Elements
    (World Premiere)

    Arena Stage, Fichandler Theater

    By Kia Corthron
    Directed by Psalmayene 24


    Please join DCSS for the world premiere of Tempestuous Elements, a new play about long-time DC educator and social theorist, Anna Julia Cooper (1858?-1964), author of A Voice from the South (1892). Tempestuous Elements deals with a moment in 1905 when Cooper, as Principal of the M Street School in DC, the most advanced secondary school for African Americans in the country, fought for the right of African American students to have the option of following either a vocational curriculum or the classical college-preparatory curriculum. In a scandal orchestrated by the government, her tenure as principal is sabotaged by her colleagues and neighbors leading Cooper's professional and personal relationships to become fodder for innuendo and social ostracization. Witness the journey of this formidable Black feminist’s fight for educational equity, freedom, and legitimacy at the turn of the 20th century.  

    DCSS has secured a block of tickets at a reduced rate for the Saturday, March 9 matinee at 2 p.m. in The Fichandler Theater at Arena Stage. Tickets are $52 (regular price $76). Discounted tickets are available only through the DCSS website; if the initial block sells out, we will create a waitlist and try to secure additional tickets. (You may purchase multiple tickets by adding "guests" to your order.)

    For more information on Anna Julia Cooper, see the listing for the DCSS award named in her honor.

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