Center on Race and Social Problems

Spring Speaker Series Archive

Spring 2020

Daren Graves, Simmons University, and Scott Seider, Boston College. “Schooling for Critical Consciousness: Engaging Black and Latinx Youth in Analyzing, Navigating, and Challenging Racial Injustice.”  View Video of Lecture > >

Spring 2019

Ronald Wright, Needham Yancey Gulley Professor of Criminal Law, Wake Forest University. “Public Records and Racial Disparities in Jury Selection.”  View Video of Lecture > >
David M Schribman, Journalist. “Thoughts on Race, on Ethnicity, on Everything from the Other Side of the Editor’s Desk”  View Video of Lecture > >

Spring 2018

Chancellor Emeritus Mark A. Nordenberg, Chair of the Institute of Politics; Frederick W. Thieman, former US Attorney and Henry Buhl Chair for Civic Leadership at the Buhl Foundation; and Edward P. Mulvey, Professor of Psychiatry and Criminal Justice Coordinator. "Criminal Justice in the 21st Century." View Video of Lecture >>

Waverly Duck, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh. "No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty." View Video of Lecture>>

Camille Zubrinsky Charles, PhD, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences; Professor of Sociology, Africana Studies & Education; and Director, Center for Africana Studies,University of Pennsylvania. "The Real Record on Racial Attitudes." View Video of Lecture >>


Spring 2017

Jasmine B. Gonzales Rose, Assistant Professor of Law,  University of Pittsburgh School of Law. "Objection! How Evidence Law Perpetuates Racism in the Courtroom." View Video of Lecture >>

Paul Croll, Associate Professor of Law, Associate Professor Sociology, Anthropology,& Social Welfare, Augustana College. "White Privilege: Not so Invisible Anymore." View Video of Lecture >>

Jason Q. Purnell, Assistant Professor, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis. "For the Sake of All: Translating Evidence into Action for Community Health." View Video of Lecture >>

Michael Omi, Associate Professor, Asian American and Asian American Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley. "Who Are You?:  Racial Classification and the Instability of Race." View Video of Lecture >>


Spring 2016

Pat K. Chew, Judge J. Quint Salmon and Anne Salmon Chaired Professor and Distinguished Faculty Scholar, University of Pittsburgh School of Law: "Myth of the Color-blind and Gender-blind Judge." View Video of Lecture >>  

Darrick Hamilton, Associate Professor, the New School. "Rhetoric vs. Reality: Neoliberal Thought and the Racial Wealth Gap." View Video of Lecture >>

Ralph Richard Banks, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law, Stanford Law School. "Is Marriage for White People?" View Video of Lecture >>

Elaine Weiss, National Coordinator, Broader Bolder Approach to Education Campaign, Economic Policy Institute. "Achievement Gaps - and the Toxic Interaction of Race, Poverty, and Segregation - Start Before Kindergarten." View Video of Lecture >>


Spring 2015

Mary Pattillo, Harold Washington Professor; Professor of Sociology & African American Studies, Northwestern University. "The End of Black Metropolis?" View Video of Lecture >>

Gary Orfield, Distinguished Research Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning, Co-Director of the Civil Rights Project, University of California, Los Angeles. "The Crisis of College Access for Students of Color." View Video of Lecture >>

David Harris, Distinguished Faculty Scholar & Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh. "The Collision of Race and Criminal Justice: Lessons from the Aftermath of Ferguson." View Video of Lecture >>

Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University. "Try On The Outfit and Just See How It Works: The Psychocultural Responses of Disconnected Black Youth to Work." View Video of Lecture >>


Spring 2014

H. Richard Milner, Professor of Education, Helen Faison Professor of Urban Education, Director, Center for Urban Education, Editor-in-Chief, Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh. "Race, Equity, and Urban Education: Issues That Divide."  View Video of Lecture >>

William Perez, Associate Professor, School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University. "Americans by Heart: Undocumented Latino Students and the Promise of Higher Education." View Video of Lecture >>

Thomas M. Shapiro, Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. "Navigating Toxic Inequality." View Video of Lecture >>

Arline Geronimus, Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education, Associate Director & Research Professor, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. "Jedi Public Health: A Structural Approach to Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Health Inequality." View Video of Lecture >>


Spring 2013 

William M. Carter Jr., Dean and Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh. "The Future of Affirmative Action." View Video of Lecture >>

Elijah Anderson, William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Sociology, Yale University. "The Iconic Ghetto: Effects on Everyday Lives of African Americans." View Video of Lecture >>

Candi Castleberry-Singleton, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, UPMC. "Delivering Culturally Competent Care and Addressing Technology: The New Health Care Disparity." View Video of Lecture >>

Gerald Early, Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Department of English, Washington University in St. Louis. "Is Black Music Criminal?" View Video of Lecture >>


Spring 2012

Kathleen Short, Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau. “The Supplemental Poverty Measure.” View Video of Lecture >>

Robert Sampson, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences; Director of the Social Sciences Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. “Inequality and the American City: Implications of the Neighborhood Effect.” View Video of Lecture >> 

Maria Krysan, Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago. “Exploring Racial Residential Segregation with a Telescope and a Microscope.” View Video of Lecture >>

Monica Baskin, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Addressing Obesity in Black Communities: Is Food Justice the Answer?” View Video of Lecture >>


Spring 2011

Robert Hill, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. “The Intractable Career of James Crow III.” View Video of Lecture >>

Hazel Markus, Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences, and Paula Moya, Associate Professor of English, Stanford University. “Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century.” View Video of Lecture >>

John Dovidio, Professor of Psychology, Yale University. “Intergroup Relations/Implicit Bias.” View Video of Lecture >>

Kathyrn Edin, Professor of Public Policy and Management, Harvard University. “How the Urban Poor Navigate Social Space: Lessons from Chicago's Gautreaux Mobility Program.” View Video of Lecture >>


Spring 2010

Marta Tienda, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University. “Diversity and Its Discontents: Lessons from Higher Education." View Video of Lecture >>

Vincent Hutchings, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan. “Wedge Politics: The Structure and Function of Racial Group Cues in American Politics.” View Video of Lecture >o

Abby L. Ferber, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. “There is More to Me than White: Moving from Whiteness Studies to Privilege Studies.” View Video of Lecture >>

Jonathan M. Hurwitz, Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh. “Justice in America: The Separate Realities of Blacks and Whites.” View Video of Lecture >>


Spring 2009

Howard R. Hogan, Associate Director for Demographic Programs, United States Census Bureau. “Measuring Race and Ethnicity in a Changing, Multicultural America.” View Video of Lecture >o

Mark Roth, Senior Staff Writer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Not All Black and White: The Challenges of Covering Race in the Mass Media.” View Video of Lecture >>

David Takeuchi, Associate Dean for Research, University of Washington School of Social Work. “Discrimination and Its Health Consequences across Diverse Racial Groups.” View Video of Lecture >>

M. Belinda Tucker, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles. “Marriage, Men, and Money: African American Women’s Continued Investment in the Romantic Ideal.” View Video of Lecture >>


Spring 2008

Kerry O'Donnell, President, Falk Foundation. “The Erosion of Civil Rights and Community Responses.” View Video of Lecture >>

Thomas M. Shapiro, Professor of Law and Social Policy, Brandeis University. “Assets for Change: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap.”

Devah Pager, Associate Professor of Sociology, Princeton University. “Race at Work: Discrimination against Black and Latino Job Seekers.”

Ronald B. Mincy, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice, Columbia University. “The Experiences of Black Fathers with Low Incomes.” View Video of Lecture >>


Spring 2007

Doris Carson Williams, President, African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania. “The Problem When Race Matters.” View Video of Lecture >>

Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia, Associate Senior Researcher, Center for the Study of Politics, Paris Institute of Political Sciences. “Immigration and Racism in Europe: Old Prejudices, New Challenges.” View Video of Lecture >>

Kathryn Neckerman, Associate Director, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University. “The Time Tax: Race and Spatial Equity in New York City.”

Elijah Anderson, Day Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania. “Poor, Young, Black, and Male: A Case for National Action?”


Spring 2006

Harry J. Holzer, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. "Employment Trends for “Young Black Men: Causes and Policy Implications.” View Video of Lecture >>

Gwen Elliott, Founder and CEO, Gwen's Girls. “Empowering Girls: Gender-Specific Approaches for Productive Futures.” View Video of Lecture >>

Rich Schulz, University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research. “Enhancing the Quality of Life of Latino, Black, and White Dementia Caregivers: The REACH II Randomized Controlled Trial.” View Video of Lecture >>

Orlando Patterson, Harvard University Department of Sociology. “Father Absence Among African-Americans.”


Spring 2005

Lauren Resnick, University of Pittsburgh Learning Research Development Center."Shrinking the Achievement Gap: Academic and Social Intervention."

John Wallace, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. "Faith Matters: Race/Ethnicity, Religiosity and Drugs."

Dalton Conley, New York University Center for Advanced Social Science Research. "The Family Home as Level Playing Field--Not." View Video of Lecture >>

Glenn Loury, Boston University Department of Economics. "Racial Stigma: Toward a New Paradigm for Discrimination Theory." View Video of Lecture >>


Spring 2004

Larry Glasco, University of Pittsburgh Department of History. “The Hill District's Multiracial History.”

Willa Doswell, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. “Do Teenaged Girls Think Race Matters?”

Jerome Taylor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Africana Studies. “Racism: Roots, Fruits, and Remedies.”


Spring 2003

Janet Schofield, University of Pittsburgh Learning Research and Development Center & Department of Psychology. “School Desegregation and Intergroup Relations: Looking Back and Looking Forward.”

Ronnie Bryant, President and CEO Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. “The Social Implications of Urban Revitalization.”

Michael Sherraden, Professor, Washington University School of Social Work. “Asset-Building, Poverty, and Public Policy.”

Jody D. Armour, Professor, University of California Law School. “Black Hearts in White Minds: Where Bias Lives in Blame and Punishment.”

Ruth McRoy, Assoc. Dean for Research, Director of the Center for Social Work Research University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. “Issues of Racial Disparities in Foster Care.”