Friday, February 24, 2006

the continued oratorial misadventures of jeremy freese

I presented at Eastern Sociological Society meetings today in Boston. Only on like Wednesday did I realize that I was also appointed "presider" of the session, so I felt an extra impulse to be their a little early to make sure the AV was set up, etc.. The talk was at 1pm, so I planned to leave my apartment at 11:30, maybe 11:45. As it turned out, I was still fiddling with my slides at ten 'til noon. And then I realized that my flash drive didn't work, so I couldn't use the most obvious means of moving the presentation to my tablet. And then I couldn't get a wireless connection in my apartment. So I ended up having to walk over and duck into one of the classroom buildings to log my tablet into Harvard wireless and move the talk over that way. I made it there in time, partly because of a kickass cab driver: "I have been doing this 16 years. I know all the best ways to everywhere."

I would have just as soon realized I had forgotten to tuck my shirt in sometime sooner than when I was standing in front of everyone making sure the projector was set up properly.

The talk itself went well. Moreover, despite certain suspicions about sociology's regional meetings, the panel as a whole was at least as good as the average panel I've been involved with at the ASA meetings.

(Also: brief sightings of a couple sociology bloggers (here and here), even though I was in the hotel for only two hours total.)


Tom Volscho said...

I wanted to see your talk , but I had a mixup and had to leave right after I walked in...sorry about the loudness of the door. Can I read a copy of the paper ?

eszter said...

Will you tell us the topic of your paper and who else was on the panel? (I may have been able to get the former from Tom's blog, but the latter info is still missing.)

jeremy said...

The talk was Jeremy Freese and Karen Lutfey, "Fundamental Causality and the Challenge of Understanding Socioeconomic Health Disparities." The topic was a few specific conceptual issues in thinking about low socioeconomic status as a cause of poorer health. I don't know who the other panelists were.

Tom Volscho said...

Will you post a copy of the paper or powerpoint on your webpage? If I was understanding it right it could be a huge methodological help to sociology.