Year-long Observance of Sorokin's 125th Anniversary in the Komi Republic

Pitirim Sorokin 125Within the Russian Federation, most of the celebrations of Pitirim Sorokin's 125th birthday have been taking place in the Komi Republic, his birthplace in a largely rural region lying at the northeast corner of European Russia. These are planned to continue well into the summer. Most of these events have been government-sponsored to honor Sorokin as a great scholar, a prime Native Son, and an exemplar for young people. His legacy is also being acknowledged in ongoing programs to perpetuate the cultural heritage of the indigenous Finno-Ugric stock (now about 25 percent of the population) from which Pitirim's mother came.

Media coverage of the anniversary has been widespread in Komi. Brief notices have appeared in almost all newspapers together with more comprehensive editorials in magazines and journals about the significance of Sorokin's life. As outlined in a letter to Dr. Sergei Sorokin from Vyacheslav Gaizer, Head ("Glava") of the Komi Republic, some events have been aimed at the general public and others at different target audiences such as school children, college students and teachers, and the research community. One of the main goals stipulated in the government's program is to educate the public, especially children, about Pitirim Sorokin: who he was, and why Komi should be proud of him. At various times in recent years and again in February, 2014, "Sorokin lessons" were taught to young school children in many cities and villages. One held in the central city library of far-north Vorkuta included a display of books written by Sorokin or about him. Two competitions for the best essay or research paper about his legacy were held in secondary schools throughout Komi during 2013, and a third one in March, 2014, at the Syktyvkar State University, the Republic's leading institution of higher education.

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New Publication in Japan

Michukuni OhnoProfessor Michikuni Ohno, a sociologist from the University of Tachibana, Kyoto,  has been exploring the area of Cultural Sociology and the ideas of Pitirim Sorokin that create grounds for this sociological field. His project was supported by a grant from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science. Here, we present his recent publication “Sorokin Revisited: The Fate of Grand Theory or the Possibility of Cultural Sociology”

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Larry Nichols' ASA Award

Larry NicholsThe History of Sociology Selection Panel awards the 2013 Distinguished Publication Award of the History of Sociology Section of the ASA to Lawrence T Nichols of the University of West Virginia for his article "Sorokin as a Lifelong Russian Intellectual: the Enactment of a Historically Rooted Sensibility", THE AMERICAN SOCIOLOGIST 43, December 2012, pp.374-405.

The panel considers that the winning entry by Lawrence T Nichols displays a refined analysis of what Pitrim A Sorokin brought to American sociology from his Russian background. Involved in Kerensky's government before his emigration, Sorokin has always been an enigmatic figure in sociology, achieving great fame yet not being understood well by his contemporaries or by sociologists today. Nichols does a very nice job in contextualising much of what Sorokin did as a sociologist, making sense of Sorokin's Russian sensibilities. 

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Winter Lecture in Omaha

While in Cambridge for the Eastern Sociological Society meetings late in March, 2013, Professor Edward Tiryakian revisited Harvard University, his alma mater from the 1950s-1960s, as well as the Sorokin Foundation site in Winchester. There he shared memories of colleagues and stories from those days, including what befell Professor Gordon Allport, expert on the psychology of personality, at a lecture engagement out in the Midwest. (click to listen)

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War, Peace, and Responses to World Crises

From War To Peace: At The Roots of Pitirim Sorokin's Theory of Creative Altruism

From War to Peace: At the Roots of Pitirim Sorokin's Creative Altruism Theory begins with a presentation on the development of Sorokin's analyses of the causes of war and concludes with a case study depicting the responses of Americans to help people in the Soviet Union during the Second World War.  It documents efforts of a local branch of Russian War Relief Inc. in Winchester, Massachusetts, where Pitirim's wife Elena Petrovna played a leading role in its administration (as well as on the sewing machine).  This organization facilitated direct communication between Americans and Russians by providing food, clothing, useful household items, and medical supplies to families in war-torn Russia. The core principle of this assistance was to reach families more directly than is usually possible through government agencies. For this purpose each parcel contained a post card with the return address of the American family who donated it.  This book was primarily aimed at a Russian audience and except for some illustrative matter is written entirely in Russian.

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