The 2024 Furfey Lecture

The 2024 Furfey Lecturer will be Professor Geneviève Zubrzycki. A former member of the ASR Council, Dr. Zubrzycki is Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan and Director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, the Center for European Studies, and the Copernicus Center in Polish Studies. She is also the editor of the journal Comparative Studies in Society and History.

More information about her lecture coming soon!


About the Furfey Lectures*

The Furfey Lecture has been given at the ASR Annual Meeting since 1981, continuing an earlier series begun in 1974 at The Catholic University of America. It is named in honor of Paul Hanley Furfey, the seventh president of the Association. As both professor and priest, Dr. Furfey demanded of him­self and others not only rigor in sociological method but also a sense of sociology’s role in serving the needs of people. In his book The Scope and Method of Sociology (1953) he intro­duced the term “metasociology,” or that area of sociology delving into the assumptions and value judgments underlying theories and methods.

The series’ earliest lectures were given by Robert Bellah (1974), Benton Johnson (1975), Gordon Zahn (1976), Talcott Parsons (1977), Robert Drinan (1978), Suzanne Keller (1979), David Moberg (1980), Marie Augusta Neal (1981), and James Beckford (1982).

* Edited from a longer description in the Spring, 1982 issue of Sociological Analysis, the ASR’s journal.