2011-37th Annual Conference
Eastern Community College Social Science Association

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Scholarships Available for this conference!
To apply or for more information, contact:
Dr. Gene Grabiner, Conference Chair, Erie Community College at: grabiner@ecc.edu or (716) 851-1089

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 Conference Overview

Over the last decade, the Eastern Community College Social Science Association (ECCSSA) has addressed transformational issues on the role of the social sciences. Topics included: information sharing; building a world community; curricula development; tolerance and humanity; creating a sustainable future; peace building and resolve; interdisciplinary collaborations; creativity and innovation; and exploring the leadership role of the social sciences.

This year, we are responding to a most immediate, pressing concern and focus, in the forefront of our collective consciousness and daily experiences—the economy and its national and global impact on human life and its quality.

The current economic crisis is reported to be similar to the aftermath of events that occurred at other signal points in history:  the nadir of the Roman Empire; the French Revolution of 1789; the economic collapse following the War of 1812; the Panic of 1873; and, the Great Depression, to name a few.

Missing from our understanding of earlier historical events is a careful analysis of implications, current knowledge and awareness of the effects and impacts of this Great Recession, worldwide. These global impacts are significant in a fully integrated economic world. When one country is affected, there is a ripple effect in all other nations, including the most prosperous of countries.  Yet, we are so busy responding to these crises and seeking remedies,  that we fail to fully fathom their devastating and long-term impacts and consequences on human life—unemployment, homelessness, poverty, mental and physical health, and the overall quality of life. This is without mentioning that we are now in a period of the confluence of crises-- environmental, economic, political; and, overall, human.

This theme and dialogue for the 2011 conference will give ECCSSA and professionals in many fields, the opportunity to address our responsibilities and roles in our current positions in teaching, research, administration, applied practice, social and public policy development, nonprofit, grass-roots institutions and NGOs.   Further, ECCSSA is calling for dialogue about the particular transitions and challenges faced in the current climate by higher education institutions and the communities they serve. Urgent focus also is requested for models and proposals relative to the conveyance of knowledge and information on human preparedness, essential skills development for survival, and the major transformations that will likely occur over the next decade in response to the current crisis.

 ECCSSA invites social scientists, interested professionals, and those in related fields to join us in dialogue. We are calling for submission of proposals for presentation of papers and research, applied practice and policy recommendations.  Conference presentation formats include individual, collaborative and panel discussions, roundtables and posters.  Proposals will also be accepted for special pre-conference and conference sessions.

 Special Call for Student Papers and Presentations
We encourage student submission of papers and other presentations including posters, paper and digital portfolios, web sites, and models.  These student projects may be developed independently, in conjunction with a class assignment, or under instructor supervision.
ECCSSA traditionally and historically has been an organization that supports student scholarship. We strongly recommend Association members and teaching faculty to encourage student participation in the conference.
Student participants will have the opportunity to dialogue with conference participants about their work. Exemplary student presentations will be recognized. Guidelines for student and faculty papers and presentations can be found on the ECCSSA website at: www.eccssa.org.

For more information on the 2011 ECCSSA conference, please contact:
Dr. Gene Grabiner, Conference Chair, Erie Community College at: grabiner@ecc.edu or (716) 851-1089
 Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Chair, Board of Trustees at: roking@nvcc.edu or (703) 450-2629;

Suggested themes include but are not limited to some of the following:

The Post Collapse Environment
Strategies for Recovery
Income Inequality
Economic and Social Consequences of Unemployment
Role of Government and Regulations
Financial Reforms
Effects on Health, Education and Economic Growth
Impact on the Quality of Life
Widespread Shortages on Basic Commodities—Food, Fuel, Medicine
Impact of Deflation or Hyperinflation
The Working Poor

Psychology & Human Services
Impact on Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health
Impact on Prenatal and Perinatal Development
Impact on Child and Adolescent Development
Impact on Health and Human Development
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
Impact on Criminal Behavior
Impacts on Healthcare, Immunization Programs, Infectious Disease Control and Basic Care
Collapse Preparedness

Anthropology & Sociology
Impact on Families and Family Formation
Housing and Homelessness
Social Dislocation
Relocation, Migration and Movement
Impact on Race and Ethnicity
The Role of the City
The Role of Suburbia

Political Science
Political Impact and Consequences
Future of Politics
The Politics of ‘We’ versus the Ideology of ‘Me’
Privatization and the Public Sphere
Politics and War

Criminal Justice
Impact on Law Enforcement
Role of Law Enforcement
Increasing Effective Community Relations

Role of Organic and Urban Farming
In-Migration to the City, Reversing the Suburban Trend
Relocation, Migration and Movement

Historical Perspectives and Comparisons
Models of Reform
The Role of Creativity, Vision and Imagination

Educational Impacts on Individuals and Institutions
Role of Secondary and Post Secondary Educational Institutions
Implications for the Higher Education Classroom
Privatization and Public Higher Education
Role of Leadership
Importance of Basic Financial Education

Globalization of Poverty
Comparative Analyses of Global Effects
Saving Humanity and the Planet
Reforming the Global Reserve System
Transforming Global Economic Policy

 Conference Registration Fee

Regular Registration: $150.00
Walk-In Registration: $175.00
New Scholar/Adjunct Faculty/Graduate Student: $100
(New Scholar=1-3 years of employment)
Undergraduate Student: $35

Scholarships Available for this conference!
To apply or for more information, contact:
Dr. Gene Grabiner, Conference Chair, Erie Community College at: grabiner@ecc.edu or (716) 851-1089

 Conference Hotel
Comfort Suites Hotel
601 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14203
1-716-854-5500--FAX: 1-716-854-4836
Rate: $99 per night, plus tax,
(King Suites with Separate Living Area with Sofa Bed)
For Discount Rate: Reserve by February 28, 2011

 ECCSSA Conference Theater Options
Please contact us if you have questions.  We look forward to seeing you at ECCSSA 2011!

Download Forms Below:

 Conference Overview and Call for Papers
 Call for Papers Proposal Form

 Conference Registration Form
Please note:  You can only send the registration form over the Internet if you have your computer set up to send e-mails over the Internet. When you press send and you do not see your e-mail application open up with the PDF attachment in it to forward to ECCSSA, then you will not that you need to change your computer settings or download the registration form, complete it and send it via regular e-mail as an attachment.  Thanks.

 Guidelines for Presenters

 Guidelines for Poster Presentations

 Information for Publishers, Organizations and Sponsors


 Application Form for Publishers, Organizations and Sponsors



“The National and Global Impacts of Economic Collapse:
Perspectives from the Social Sciences”

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March 31-April 2, 2011

Erie Community College, City Campus
State University of New York
121 Ellicott Street,
 Buffalo, New York, 14203