Center on Race and Social Problems

Spring 2017 Speaker Series Announced

With generous support from Reed Smith LLP, CRSP is pleased to anounce our upcoming Spring 2017 Speaker Series.

All lectures last from 12:00pm to 1:30pm and are open to the public.

Monday, January 23

"Objection! How Evidence Law Perpetuates Racism in the Courtroom"

Jasmine B. Gonzales Rose, Assistant Professor of Law,  University of Pittsburgh School of Law

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Wednesday, February 1

"White Privilege: Not so Invisible Anymore"

Paul Croll, Associate Professor Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Welfare, Augustana College

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Monday, March 13

"For the Sake of All: Translating Evidence into Action for Community Health"

Jason Q. Purnell, Assistant Professor, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

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Wednesday, April 26

"Who Are You?:  Racial Classification and the Instability of Race."

Michael Omi, Associate Professor, Asian American and Asian American Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley

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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 Pittsburgh law firm Reed Smith LLP for the Spring Speaker Series. Where many other similar institutions might have shied away from the highly-charged topics with which we engage, Reed Smith LLP and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC have sponsored the speaker series 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.

Lunch is provided; registration is not required.

All lectures are from 12 noon to 1:30 pm in the School of Social Work Conference Center: Room 2017 of the Cathedral of Learning; 4200 Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh. 

Please contact Center Administrative Assistant Marita Johnson (412-624-7382) with any questions.