April 16 & 17, 2021
About the Virtual Meeting
The 2021 NYSSA Annual Meeting will be an entirely virtual event. In addition to the typical full program of presentations and panel discussions, the virtual meeting experience will be designed to provide opportunities for the engagement and learning similar to the in-person format.
Annual Membership & Conference Registration Fees have been waived. Registration for the meeting will be required, but payment is not!
Dr. Ellen Berrey is the Keynote Speaker. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and an affiliated scholar of the American Bar Foundation.
Her talk, How Should We Explain Movements and Policy Motivated by Conspiracy Theory? A Conversation on the Empirics and Ethics of Studying Trumpism invites participants into a conversation about our responsibilities, as sociologists, when analyzing contemporary far-right politics based on unfounded conspiracy theories and other forms of misinformation.
Dr. Berrey will introduce research findings on a wave of social movement organizing that precipitated the rise of Trumpism. In the early 2010s, older White homeowners mobilized to try to shut down local sustainability planning, often citing a (farcical) threat of sinister global governmental infiltration through “U.N Agenda 21.” Government officials in many communities and states supported the mobilizations by ending or modifying sustainability plans and passing anti-Agenda 21 bills. The presentation will serve as a springboard for an interactive conversation about our obligations as scholars to document and explain (mis)truth claims and their political consequences.
More about Dr. Berrey
Her work examines the crossroads of law, organizations, social movements, racism, culture, and inequality in the United States and, increasingly, Canada. She is the author of two award-winning books: The Enigma of Diversity: The Language of Race and the Limits of Racial Justice and, with Robert Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen, Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality. Her Salon article, “Diversity Is for White People,” has been circulated on social media more that 33,000 times. Her study of anti-Agenda 21 political mobilization is in collaboration with Fatima Al Saadie, a University of Toronto undergraduate student and recipient of the Mitacs Award and the University of Toronto Excellent Award. See also: ellenberrey.com and rightsontrial.com