The SSRC has produced a number of online forums providing social science perspectives on topical issues. The typical forum consists of 10-12 edited essays that SSRC programs have commissioned from individuals in their networks with specialized knowledge. A number of these forums have become the basis for subsequent work by the Council. For instance, our After September 11 forum developed into a five-book series with the New Press. The Privatization of Risk forum developed into a MacArthur-funded working group that commissioned six volumes for a joint Columbia University Press/SSRC series on the subject. And our Understanding Katrina forum developed into the SSRC Katrina Task Force that secured major funding for its work and is now in the process of producing a series of books from its findings.
More recent forums cover such topics as change in Cuba, the Fourth Wave (gender and HIV/AIDS), and the controversy surrounding the Department of Defense's Minerva initiative.
- Possible Futures
- November - A collaborative effort to deepen our knowledge of current crises and future possibilities.
- 10 Years after September 11
- September - In the days immediately following September 11, 2001, the Council invited a wide range of leading social scientists from around the world to write short essays for an online forum, After September 11. A decade later, contributors to the original forum were asked to reflect on what they wrote and to explore what has changed and what remains the same since those harrowing times.
- Haiti, Now and Next
- January - The SSRC has asked people we believe are deeply reflective about the situation in Haiti to share their thoughts about the present moment and its relationship to humanitarian assistance and transitions to development. This collection of postings is the result of that effort.
- Media Piracy in Emerging Economies
- Research and analysis of digital convergence and cultural production.
- Public Sphere Forum
- August - This essay forum strives to build an integrative discussion for what is a fragmented interdisciplinary field of study on the public sphere.
- Change in Cuba
- February - Reflecting on the implications of Fidel Castro's withdrawal from the presidency in early 2008.
- The Minerva Controversy
- October - Addressing the questions raised by the Department of Defense's Project Minerva and the controversy it has sparked in academic quarters.
- Making Communications Research Matter
- October - Advancing dialogue about the relationship between research and policymaking in the field of media and communications.
- Tributes to Charles Tilly
- May - Paying tribute to leading sociologist and Hirschman Prize winner Charles Tilly following his death in April 2008.
- Pakistan in Crisis
- December - Responding to the mounting crisis in Pakistan in late 2007, culminating in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
- The Religious Engagements of American Undergraduates
- April - Analyzing the changing landscape of religious affiliations on America's college campuses.
- Crisis in the Horn of Africa
- February - Delving beneath the news headlines into the complexities of the social and political crises afflicting this troubled African region.
- How Genocides End
- December - Analyzing the various ways in which genocides have ended, including both case studies as well as comparative and theoretical analyses.
- Border Battles: The U.S. Immigration Debates
- July - Probing the key underlying issues in the heated debate over immigration in the United States.
- The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: Regional Perspectives
- July - Addressing the regional consequences of the impasse in six-party talks and the continued North Korean production of fissile material.
- Is Race "Real"?
- June - Providing various disciplinary and analytic perspectives on the subject of race and genomics.
- The Privatization of Risk
- June - Investigating the distributive consequences of the policy shift toward limiting public protections and privatizing risk.
- Understanding Katrina: Perspectives from the Social Sciences
- June - Exposing the underlying issues--political, social, and economic--made apparent by the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina.
- Youth Activism
- June - Developing new information and approaches to young people's involvement in political and social issues by looking at 1) transnational global justice movements and 2) activism and civic engagement among youth of color.
- Riots in France
- December - Bringing the perspectives and knowledge of social scientists to bear on the social unrest that broke out in the suburbs of Paris in late 2005.
- After September 11
- November - Bringing theoretical and empirical knowledge to bear on the events of Sept. 11, their precursors, and what comes after.
Free Writing, Editing, and Research Help for Students
|My childhood and overseas experiences - self introduction for exchange program|
Undergraduateji young lee -
|IELTS Task 1 Bar graph about percentage of men and women doing exercise systematically|
Writing FeedbackJayKIMTJLuschen - 8 hours ago
|Tell us about a club/activity you are passionate about. Why is it important to you ?|
|Stuned Motivation Statement: Applied engineering research for resilient coastal community|
Scholarshiprum7Holt - 19 hours ago
|IELTS TASK 2: Fashionable clothes, Is this attitude a positive or negative development?|
Writing Feedbackafaquekhan85Holt - 19 hours ago
|Australia award scholarship's contribution in 37 year old's future career|
ScholarshipUlambayarHolt - 19 hours ago
|Acting as a true ambassador of my country. UGRAD Personal Statement|
Undergraduategiga28gigaHolt - 19 hours ago
|Topic 1: Traditional food is undergoing great changes and being replaced by new diets.|
Writing FeedbackTamiaTamia - 1 day ago
|The great advertising affects people's willing of purchasing - Ielts work|
Writing FeedbackLUCYLUCYSophia Yang - 1 day ago
|Evaluate viable solutions to the problem of workplace stress.|
Writing Feedbackfastfood -
|A proper training is very significant to make a fundamental structure of children's mind|
Writing Feedbacknilfort -
|Expected skills and knowledge from proposed study (New Zealand Study)|
|Check sentences about media topic - newspapers|
Writing FeedbackNguyen123 -
|I was drawn towards the University of Waterloo for 2 main reasons.|
|"Somewhere, something is waiting to be known" - Robotics MSC Degree application essay|
|Evaluate the pros and cons about factory built near the community. [TOEFL]|
Writing Feedbackkevin86120 -
|When people fail at schools, it doesn't mean that they miss a chance to reach success in the future|
Writing FeedbackOscar TamOscar Tam - 2 days ago
|Death with Dignity Essay - should patient be allowed to end their life on their own terms?|
Writing Feedbackkyra2114315 -
|Knowledge and Skills I hope to gain from my proposed study (Development Studies)|
|What aspect/s of your leadership knowledge, skills and practice you consider to be well established?|
|I need help with writing a dramatic monologue, I'm desperate. The Crucible character|
EssaysZacharia BTJLuschen - Mar 10, 2018
|Lingual & cultural communication is a bridge; Applying for Korean Studies/KGSP-G Personal Statement|
Scholarshipbeatricekarovamiriealie - Mar 10, 2018
|Raising Successful Children. [IELTS Writing Task2 ] Children are require to help with household task|
Writing FeedbackBarneywuchiehpower - Mar 10, 2018
|Should we learn a foreign language? Provide your thoughts.|
Writing Feedbackchiehpowerchiehpower - Mar 10, 2018
|In today's society, success is often measured in terms of wealth and possessions. Is it right?|
Writing Feedbacklvichlu - Mar 10, 2018
|Scholarship essay to NTU : An event of personal importance to you. You may choose any topic.|
ScholarshipSourabh01Holt - Mar 10, 2018
|CT's Motivation Letter for applying Master Degree Maritime Operation|
ScholarshiptuengiHolt - Mar 10, 2018
|Questions about transitions of paragraphs and ideas in personal statement for CDC job|
Writing FeedbackshumagaiHolt - Mar 10, 2018
|Being at crossroads in the journey of life. My "Personal Statement" for Government Scholarship|
ScholarshipShinbi Jung13Shinbi Jung13 - Mar 10, 2018
|Drawing - my one constant love. SCAD statement of purpose (sequential art major)|
UndergraduatestropHolt - Mar 10, 2018