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Madison, New Jersey 07940 / 201-377-3000

September 4, 1971

Dear Colleague:

Our session on "Crucial Transitions in Civilization,'' sponsored bySection H of the A.A.A.S., will be held between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. on Wednesday, December 29, 1971, on the Mezzanine Floor of the Warwick Hotel at 1701 Locust Street (the corner of 17th Street) in Philadelphia. If you wish to make room reservations by telephone, call 215 - PEnnypacker 5 - 3800.

Papers are to be presented between 9 and 12 A.M. in the Mirror Room (which seats about 145 persons) by Professors Hall. Kavolls, Lanning, Melko, Wescott, and Wolf, as your mimeographed program indicates. If one of these gentlemen is unable to present his paper, we will call on our alternate, Professor William M. Cross of the Sociology Department at Valparaiso University, Indiana, to present his paper (submitted after the May program was distributed) "Leadership and the Evolution of Civilization."

At 2 P.M. we will reconvene in the Book Room (which seats about 45 persons) to discuss the future of The Comparative Civilizations Neusletter, edited by Professor Matthew íelko of the Sociology Department of the State University of Hew York at Geneseo. The newsletter is already becoming too big a job for uncompensated spare-time labor by a single scholar. Suggestions on how to help Dr. Melko In terms of time, labor, and financing will be gratefully received.

A second major afternoon topic will be that of future sessions on the comparative study of civilizations to be held in conjunction with the regular meetings of other and larger organizations. A very promising proepect is that of a session sponsored by the Ninth International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, to be held in Chicago from September 1 to 8, 1973. But, If we are to submit hiatoriological papers for that occasion - whether singly or in concert - we must provide titles, abstracts, and other details to Professor Sol Tax of the university of Chicago by January 1, 1972. Since this date falls only three days after our meeting, we should, if possible, formulate our ideas about potential Chicago topics and titles well before December.

Ueedlese to say, if any of you have ideas about other subjects to be considered in the course of our afternoon planning session, I welcome suggestions from you to that effect at ahy time prior to the week of the Philadelphia A. A. A. S. meetings.

Mr. D. W. Thornhlll, A. A. A. S. Annual Meeting Manager, asks that all session participants send him a complete manuscript - or, at the very least, a 2000-word summary - of their presentations "by October.'" (Since no date is given, I recommend that we play safe and assume that October 1 la intended.) His address is: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue Horth West, Washington, D.O. 20005.

In addition, I uould appreciate your sending copies of your full texts (or extended summaries) both to me and to the Secretary of Section H, Professor Anthony Leads, Anthropology Department, University of Texas, Austin, Texas 78712.

Thanks very much. I look forward to seeing you all in Philadelphia.

Yours faithfully,

R. W. Wescott

Professor and Chairman

Anthropology Department

Office: 201 - 377-3000, Ext. 258

Home: 201 - 377-9031

CRUCIAL TRANSITIONS IN CIVILIZATION: A Problem in Macro-Cultural Interpretation

A topical session sponsored by Section U (Anthropology), to be held in connection with the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciance in Philadelphia, Pa., December 26-30, 1971

Section Chairman: Anthony Leeds, Anthropology Department, University of Texas

Session Chairman: Roger Wescott, Anthropology Department, Draw University

Date of program submission: May 22, 1971

A formal morning session will be held, at which the following 3ix papers will be read:

The Resolution of Transitions Through Novel Patterns

Matthew Melko, History Department, Bradford Junior College (after June 30: Sociology Department, Geneseo College, State University of New York)

Crucial civilizational transitions are always resolved by the organisation of a novel set of patterns, never by disintegration, ossification, reformation, or recons titution . …

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