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2021 [Virtual] Southern Rural Sociological Association Meeting
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:59 AM


The nation in general, and the South in particular, has several pockets of economic and social challenges, including longstanding areas in Appalachia, the Southern Black Belt,the Mississippi Delta, and the Texas Colonias. Appropriate solutions are necessary for communities to address conditions such as poverty, unemployment, health and education disparities, and poor ethnic and race relations. The road to solutions should be steady and focused. Previous efforts include regional commissions (such as the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority), Empowerment Zones and, more recently, Opportunity Zones. The theme for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the SRSA proposes an examination of old and new models to address the challenges of the rural South so that measured progress can be made to improve the quality of life of the targeted residents and communities.

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USDA Opens Registration for the 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum
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Monday, November 30, 2020 02:28 PM

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The 2021 Forum will be Virtual and Registration is free!

Registration is now open for the 97th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, USDA's largest annual meeting and premiere event. The two-day Forum will take place on Feb. 18-19, 2021. Due to current restrictions on large gatherings in the Washington, D.C. area, USDA will hold the 2021 Forum virtually for the first time, and registration will be free for this event. The 2021 Forum, themed “Building on Innovation: A Pathway to Resilience,” builds on USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda launched earlier this year to align USDA’s resources, programs and research toward the goal of increasing U.S. agricultural production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by 2050. The Forum will feature a panel of distinguished guest speakers and 30 break-out sessions developed by agencies across USDA. For more information, read the USDA release.

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Annual Meeting 2021
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 11:02 AM
The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Annual Meeting, August 6-8, 2021, Chicago, IL. In addition to our in-person meeting, we will be hosting up to 60 virtual sessions. The program theme selected by President Corey Dolgon is Revolutionary Sociology: Truth, Healing, Reparations and Restructuring. SSSP is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. For more information contact [email protected] or visit


Rural NEET Youth Network conference | Lisbon - January 2021| call now open
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Friday, September 04, 2020 11:03 AM

The RNYN (Rural NEET Youth Network) COST Action is organizing an international conference in Lisbon (Portugal), 27-28 January 2021.

The COST-Lisbon International Conference Education: What’s next? Formal education & training and the transition from school to work in rural areas is welcoming submissions!

Scholars and early career investigators, youth and social workers, teachers and other professionals are invited to submit proposals for oral presentations or posters that:

1) address socio-educational problems concerning rural areas, young population and rural NEETs in Europe;  
2) reflect on theoretical or methodological issues; and/or
3) assess policies and design solutions dealing with formal education & training and the transition from school to work in rural areas.  

Online participation options will be considered by the organization.