University of California, Berkeley sociologist Arlie R. Hochschild will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 COSSA Science Policy Conference and Social Science Advocacy Day. Hochschild’s most recent book Strangers in their own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. According to the publisher’s website, the book “goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that many on the political right have been duped into voting against their interests. In the right-wing world she explores, Hochschild discovers powerful forces—fear of cultural eclipse, economic decline, perceived government betrayal—which override self-interest, as progressives see it, and help explain the emotional appeal of a candidate like Donald Trump.”
COSSA has also announced that the 2017 recipients of the COSSA Distinguished Service Award will be Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), in recognition of their work on last year’s bipartisan science and innovation legislation. COSSA will present Senators Gardner and Peters with the award at a Congressional reception as part of the conference on March 29. Other confirmed speakers include John Sides of the Washington Post’s popular Monkey Cage blog, who will speak about how to bring social science to the masses. Planned sessions also include panels on strategies for enhancing student participation in the social sciences on campus and best practices for social and behavioral scientists engaging with the media, among other topics.