Center on Race and Social Problems

Fall Speaker Series Archive

Fall 2019

Larry E. Davis, Dean Emeritus, Donald M. Henderson Chair and Professor School of Social Work and Director Emeritus, Center on Race and Social Problems, University of Pittsburgh. “A Conversation on Race.”  View Video of Lecture > >
Alexandra Filindra, Associate Professor of Political Science and Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago. “Race, Rights, & Rifles.”  View Video of Lecture > >
Alexandra Killewald, Professor of Sociociology, and Chair of PhD Program in Social Policy, Harvard University. “The Past Is Present: How Racial Wealth Gaps Perpetuate Across and Within Generations.”  View Video of Lecture > > 
Michael A Lindsey. Executive Director, NYU McSilver Institute, NYU Silver School of Social Work, New York University, and Aspen Health Innovator Fellow, The Aspen Institute. “Ring the Alarm: A Mental Health Crisis of Black Youth.”  View Video of Lecture > >

Fall 2018

Waverly Duck, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh. “No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty.”  View Video of Lecture > >
Douglas S Massey, Office of Population Research, Princeton University. “Trends, Causes, and Consequences of Residential Segregation.”  View Video of Lecture > >
Danyelle Solomon, Vice President, Race and Ethnicity Policy, Center for American Progress.T"he Racial Wealth Gap." View Video of Lecture > >
Howard Hogan, Chief Demographer, U.S. Census Bureau. “Measuring and Projecting Race: What Official Statistics Can and Cannot Tell Us.”  View Video of Lecture > >

Fall 2017

Thomas Shapiro, Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy and Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, Brandeis University. "Toxic Inequality." View Video of Lecture >>

Kevin Thomas, Sociology, Demography, and African Studies, Pennsylvania State University. Parental human-capital, low skilled jobs, and racial disparities in child poverty in immigrant families. View Video of Lecture >>

Littisha Bates, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Cincinnati. “Navigating Schools Inequality: How Parents Pursue Magnet School Admissions.” View Video of Lecture >>


Fall 2016

Frank Dobbin; Professor of Sociology, Harvard University. “Why Diversity Programs Don’t Work.” View Video of Lecture >>

Richard Rothstein; Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute. “Residential Segregation – What are the Remedies?” View Video of Lecture >>

Maurita Bryant; Assistant Superintendent, Allegheny County Police. “Race and Gender in the Police: Beyond the Blue Uniform.” View Video of Lecture >>

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.” View Video of Lecture >>


Fall 2015

Cameron McLay, Chief of Police, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police."Policing Reform, Community, and Ethical Leadership." View Video of Lecture >>

Bhashkar Mazumder, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago."Black/White Differences in Integenerational Economic Mobility in the United States." View Video of Lecture >>

Jacqueline Battalota, Attorney and Professor, Saint Xavier University. "Birth of a White Nation." View Video of Lecture >>

Tanya Hernandez, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law. "Multiracial in the Workplace: A New Kind of Discrimination?" View Video of Lecture >>


Fall 2014

James Jackson, Professor, Psychology and Health Behavior & Health Education, Director, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan."Understanding Racial and Ethnic Differences in Physical and Psychiatric Health."  View Video of Lecture >>

Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. "On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City." View Video of Lecture >>

Michael Sherraden, Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, Washington University School of Social Work. "Building Assets for All: Research and Policy for Universal Children's Accounts." View Video of Lecture >>

Frederick Thieman, President, Buhl Foundation. "Reinventing the Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century." View Video of Lecture >>


Fall 2013

Margery Austin Turner, Senior Vice President for Program Planning and Management, The Urban Institute. "A Glass Half Full? Discrimination against Minority Homeseekers." View Video of Lecture >>

William A Darity Jr., Arts & Sciences Professor of Public Policy, Professor of African and African-American Studies and Economics and Chair, Department of African and African American Studies, Director, Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality, Duke University. "Stratification Economics: Implications for Understanding Inequality."

Yoonsun Choi, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. "Race and Culture in the Family: Their Impact on Youth Outcomes of Asian American Adolescents." View Video of Lecture >>

Patrick T Sharkey, Associate Professor of Sociology, New York University. "A Multigenerational Perspective on Neighborhoods and Racial Inequality." View Video of Lecture >>


Fall 2012

Joe Feagin, Professor of Sociology, Texas A&M University. "Obama’s Campaigns and Presidency: No Postracial America." View Video of Lecture >>

Karina Walters, Professor of Social Work and William P. and Ruth Gerberding-Endowed University Professor, University of Washington. “Bodies Don’t Just Tell Stories, They Tell Histories: Embodiment of Historical Trauma and Microaggression Distress.” View Video of Lecture >>

Glenn Flores, Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Sciences, and Public Health, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “The Successful Elimination of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Children’s Health and Health Care." View Video of Lecture >>

Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh. “The Legacy of the Slave Ship.” View Video of Lecture >>


Fall 2011

Jeannette South-Paul, Andrew W. Mathieson Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “Disparities in Health Care for Minorities: Institutional or Personal?” View Video of Lecture >>

Ira Katznelson, Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University. “When Affirmative Action Was White: Further Reflections.” View Video of Lecture >>

Linda Lane, Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools. “Equity Is Not an Office.” View Video of Lecture >>

Elizabeth Anderson, John Rawls Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan. “The Imperative of Integration: Race and Education.” View Video of Lecture >>


Fall 2010

Alejandro de la Fuente,  Research Professor, University Center for International Studies, Department of  Research Professor, History, and Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh. “Debates on Race and History in Contemporary Cuba.”  View Video of Lecture >>

Sumie Okazaki, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, New York University. “Race, Racism, and Mental Health in Asian American Communities.” View Video of Lecture >>

Philip M. Gleason, Senior Fellow, Mathematica.“Race, Class, and Student Achievement in KIPP Middle Schools.” View Video of Lecture >>

Tony Norman, Columnist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Columnizing in a Post-racial World.” View Video of Lecture >>


Fall 2009

Gary L. St. C. Oates, Associate Professor of Sociology, Bowling Green State University. “Examining Five Prominent Explanations for the Black/White School Achievement Gap.” View Video of Lecture >>

Irving A. Spergel, Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. “The Youth Gang Problem: A Comprehensive Community-wide Approach.”

Amanda E. Lewis, Associate Professor of Sociology, Emory University. “Despite the Best Intentions: Why Racial Inequality Persists in Good Schools.” View Video of Lecture >>

Kathy W. Humphrey, Vice Provost and Dean of Students, University of Pittsburgh. “Ethnicity and College Student Development: From Theory to Practice." View Video of Lecture >>


Fall 2008

Daphna Oyserman, Research Professor, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. “Harnessing Possible Selves: Identity-based Motivation and Improved Academic Attainment.” View Video of Lecture >>

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor of Sociology, Duke University. “Racism, Discrimination, Color Blindness, and Race Matters in Obamerica.” View Video of Lecture >>

Audrey J. Murrell, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Psychology, and Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. “Unfinished Business: The Impact of Race on Understanding Mentoring Relationships.” View Video of Lecture >>

David J. Herring, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. “The Multiethnic Placement Act: Threat to Foster Child Safety and Well-being?” View Video of Lecture >>


Fall 2007

Carl C. Bell, President & CEO, Community Mental Health Council, Inc., Chicago. “Mental Health Risk Factors in Non-white Populations.” View Video of Lecture >>

Shaun L. Gabbidon, Professor of Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs, Pennsylvania State University. “Shopping under Suspicion: Consumer Racial Profiling and Perceived Victimization.” View Video of Lecture >>

Andrew J. Cherlin, Professor of Public Policy, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University. “Post-welfare Outcomes for African Americans and Hispanics.” View Video of Lecture >>

Sala Udin, President and CEO, Coro Center for Civic Leadership. “Challenges of Race, Poverty, and Sprawl.” View Video of Lecture >>


Fall 2006

Mark Roosevelt, Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools. "The Intersection of Race and Educational Opportunity and Achievement." View Video of Lecture >>

Megan Sweeney, Professor, University of California at Los Angeles Department of Sociology. "Race, Ethnicity, and Divorce in the United States:  What Do We Know?"

Douglas Massey, Professor, Princeton University Department of Sociology. "Segregation, the Concentration of Poverty, and Racial Stratification in the United States." View Video of Lecture >>

Esther Bush, President and CEO, Urban League of Pittsburgh. "The State of Black Pittsburgh." View Video of Lecture >>


Fall 2005

Patricia Gurin, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. "After Grutter and Gratz:  Challenges in Using Diversity Educationally." View Video of Lecture >>

Nancy Grote, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. "Overcoming Barriers to Care: Engagin Depressed, Disadvantaged, Minority Women in Evidence-based Treatments." View Video of Lecture >>

Joe Trotter, Carnegie Mellon University Department of History. "African American Urban History: The Value of Historical Perspectives on Race and Contemporary Social Problems."

Margaret Beale Spencer, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. "Brown's Legacy and Lessons fro Healthy Children."


Fall 2004

James Jackson, University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. “National Survey of American Life.” View Video of Lecture >>

Alfred Blumstein, Carnegie Mellon University School of Public Policy and Management. “Race and Incarceration.” View Video of Lecture >>

David Harris, University of Toledo College of Law. “Racial Profiling: A Common Sense Tool for the Post-9/11 World?” View Video of Lecture >>

Deirdre Royster, College of William and Mary, Department of Sociology. “Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men from Blue-Collar Jobs.”


Fall 2003

Eric Springer, Horty, Springer and Mattern, PC, and University of Pittsburgh School of Law and School of Public Health, Retired. “The Role of Compromise and the Development of American Race Relations.”

Joe Feagin, University of Florida Department of Sociology,Co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, The School of Law, and The Faculty and College of Arts and Sciences. “The Coming White Minority.” View Video of Lecture >>

Charlotte Brown, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. “Depression in African Americans: Attitudinal, Social, and Health System Barriers and Pathways to Care.”

Kathleen Blee, University of Pittsburgh Department of Sociology, and Professor Lu-in Wang, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. “Ordinary and Extraordinary Racism.”


Fall 2002

Larry E. Davis, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. “Predicting Positive Academic Intentions among African-American Males and Females.”

Aurora Jackson, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. “Single Black Mothers and Their Young Children: Work, Welfare, and Parenting?”