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2020 President Dylan Rodríguez talks with panelists of the inaugural Freedom Course about mutual aid.
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Dear ASA Friends and Colleagues:

Amidst turmoil, insurgency, movement, and abolitionist struggle, i offer you something to look forward to in the coming month, while inviting your engagement and support.

I write to ask our financially stable and institutionally connected members to register for the featured November 12-15, 2020 Annual Meeting Freedom Courses and Award Ceremonies. Those who cannot afford to pay for registration will be able to view and participate in all 2020 Annual Meeting events for free. Institutional registrations are intended to support participation of students, contingent faculty, and financially precarious ASA members (and potential ASA members). Individual registrations are sliding scale, starting at $25. Those of us with access to institutional support should be able to obtain reimbursement for these registrations using the provided receipts.

I am grateful to ASA members, the 2020 Program Committee, and the ASA award committees for organizing these online, accessible sessions in lieu of our in-person Annual Meeting. I give special thanks the loved ones, family, and colleagues of the late, great former ASA President Amy Kaplan for creating a featured tribute to Amy that will open our proceedings.

Here are just a few of the Annual Meeting Freedom Courses and Award Ceremonies that will be either livestreamed or premiered between November 12-15. I will send a full list of Freedom Courses and Award Ceremonies closer to November 12, so be sure to check your ASA emails.

2020 Annual Meeting Freedom Courses (partial list):

  • Celebrating Amy Kaplan
  • COVID-19, Abolition, Disability Justice
  • Cops Off Campus: A Teach-In on Anti-Blackness, the University, and Policing
  • The Long Term: Working Toward Freedom in the COVID-19 Moment and Beyond
  • Indigenous Insights About Policing
  • Alfred Arteaga: Poet of Revolt, Poetry of Border Crossing

2020 Award Ceremonies (partial list):

  • Happy Hour with Rourke Prize Committee, Winner, and Honorable Mentions
  • Lora Romero Book Prize Award ceremony and discussion with authors

I urge those of us in a position of relative financial or institutional privilege to support the ASA by registering for these events. The ASA is facing enormous financial challenges due to the layered consequences of the ongoing pandemic, and as a member-supported and member-led organization, we must find ways to support it in difficult times. I extend my thanks to ASA members who have already designated their 2020 Annual Meeting registration fees to support the organization.  

Finally, i want to highlight the growing content of the ASA Freedom Courses Channel. Our members have created these Freedom Courses in the spirit of building collective knowledge and pedagogy under difficult conditions. Check them out if you haven’t already! I especially encourage you to use the Freedom Courses in your classrooms to give yourselves a brief respite from remote lectures. The course titles thus far include:

Finally, i invite all of you to continue proposing ASA Freedom Courses. Reach me at if you would like to organize something for the featured Annual Meeting cluster or beyond. 

I look forward to sharing more of this exciting new work as it unfolds. I thank you in advance for backing the ASA at a crucial time.


Posted for ASA Office in Annual Meeting
Post date: October 29, 2020

Community announcements and events are services that are offered by the ASA to support the organizing efforts of critical constituency groups. They do not reflect the decisions or actions of the association’s governance bodies, the National Council or Executive Committee. Questions should be directed to the committee, caucus, or chapter that has authored and posted this notice.