During the academic year, the center hosts a monthly series of lunchtime lectures. These talks provide an opportunity for faculty, students, and community members to engage in race-related discussions of mutual interest.
We are very happy to have the support of two major Pittsburgh law firms, Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney PC and Reed Smith LLC. Where many other similar institutions might have shied away from the highly-charged topics with which we engage, these firms have sponsored the speaker series over seven academic years since September 2004. We thank these firms for recognizing the importance of race in our society, the necessity of developing real-world solutions to our country's defining social problem and the value of sharing knowledge and engaging in dialogue on the issues before us.
All lectures are from noon to 1:30 pm in the School of Social Work Conference Center, 2017 Cathedral of Learning. Lunch is provided; registration is not required.
CURRENT SERIES: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Fall 2016 Speaker Series
Tuesday September 20
Frank Dobbin; Professor of Sociology, Harvard University. “Why Diversity Programs Don’t Work.”
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Wednesday October 19
Richard Rothstein; Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute. “Residential Segregation – What are the Remedies?”
Tuesday November 8
Maurita Bryant; Assistant Superintendent, Allegheny County Police. “Race and Gender in the Police: Beyond the Blue Uniform”
Tuesday December 6
James Huguley; Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. “Just Discipline and the School to Prison Pipeline in Greater Pittsburgh: Local Challenges and Promising Solutions.”