American Sociological Association

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A publication of the American Sociological AssociationASA News & Events
April/May 2019
Volume 
47
Issue 
2

2019 ASA Annual Meeting Tours in New York

Tenement Museum Walking Tour

Tenement Museum Walking Tour

Plan your schedule now to take advantage of this year’s local tours at the 2019 ASA Annual Meeting. Tours are a great way to experience and learn about the city and to meet with, talk to, and learn from the people who live and work in the area. The schedule and description of tours is listed below. Registration is required. Visit the ASA 2019 Annual Meeting website to register (www.asanet.org/annual-meeting-2019/tours).  All tours will meet at the Hilton Hotel.

 

Around the Block: Walking Tour of El Barrio
Saturday, August 10 

Take in the sights, sounds and history of our neighborhood on this walking tour. Learn about the legacy of our communities, the icons that once called El Barrio home, and the art that makes streets come alive. Stops may include community gardens, murals, local businesses and landmarks. 

A chaperone will lead attendees to El Barrio via subway for this docent-led guided tour. Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own subway fare. If you require the use of a taxi for accessibility reasons, please submit your receipt to ASA for reimbursement. The tour itself is wheelchair/scooter accessible. Advance registration is required, $12 per person. 

Tenement Museum Walking Tour: Then and Now
Sunday, August 11 

For generations of immigrants, the Lower East Side wasn’t just a place to find a cheap home. It was also where they learned how to start a business, build a congregation, educate their children, and lobby the government. Discover the fascinating history of this neighborhood and find out why it’s such an ever-changing mix of the old and the new. 

This docent-led guided walking tour does not enter any buildings. A chaperone will lead attendees to the museum via subway. Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own subway fare. If you require the use of a taxi for accessibility reasons, please submit your receipt to ASA for reimbursement. The tour itself is wheelchair/scooter accessible. Advance registration is required, $20 per person.

Gay and Lesbian History: Before Stonewall
Sunday, August 11 

This tour is a walk of New York’s unique and legendary home to artists, writers and radicals, with a special emphasis on the diverse history of the neighborhood. The walk will emphasize social justice topics surrounding immigration, LGBT rights, as well as the history of women, slavery and free Blacks.  Stops could include: the Jefferson Market Courthouse, the Stonewall Inn, Electric Lady Studios, and sites associated with Sidney Howard Gay, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Stanford White, John Sloan, and Thomas Paine. 

The tour is a docent-led guided walking tour. A chaperone will lead attendees to the museum via subway. Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own subway fare. If you require the use of a taxi for accessibility reasons, please submit your receipt to ASA for reimbursement. The tour itself is wheelchair/scooter accessible. Advance registration is required, $25 per person.

Behind the Scenes: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Archives
Monday, August 12

The Music Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is one of the world’s preeminent music collections—documenting the art of music in all its diversity—classical and opera as well as the whole spectrum of popular music including spirituals, ragtime, jazz, musical theater, film, rock and world music. While the division contains many scores and manuscripts from centuries past, its curatorial mandate is an activist one, placing major emphasis on capturing the creative output of contemporary composers.  Particularly noteworthy is the American Music Collection. From the first edition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to Native American songs to extensive manuscript collections of American composers such as Henry Cowell, John Cage, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Lou Reed, the division has made the documentation of American classical and popular music a major priority.  In addition, the Recorded Sound Archive is one of the richest resources of recorded sound in the world. The aural landscape that helps define a community, a country, or a cultural era can be studied through the Archives’ holdings, which cover virtually every aspect of recorded sound—from Mozart to Maria Callas to Motown, from symphonic works to presidential speeches, from radio dramas to television specials. A vital research facility for performers, musicians, scholars, critics, and the recording industry, the collection also plays a leadership role in developing technology that allows for the transfer of sound from obsolete to accessible formats. 

The tour is a guided tour. A chaperone will lead attendees on a walk to the Lincoln Center. If you require the use of a taxi for accessibility reasons, please submit your receipt to ASA for reimbursement. The tour itself is wheelchair/scooter accessible. Advance registration is required, $10 per person. 

Activist New York at the Museum of the City of New York
Monday, August 12

Explore the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present.

In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, New Yorkers have banded together on issues as diverse as civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the story of activism in the five boroughs past and present, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city’s history of agitation. 

The tour is a curator-led guided tour. A chaperone will lead attendees to the museum via subway. Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own subway fare. If you require the use of a taxi for accessibility reasons, please submit your receipt to ASA for reimbursement. The tour itself is wheelchair/scooter accessible. Advance registration is required, $40 per person.