Center on Race and Social Problems

Spring 2018 Speaker Series announced

With generous support from Reed Smith LLP, CRSP is pleased to announce our upcoming Spring 2018 Speaker Series.

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

Lunch is provided and admission is free, however, CRSP welcomes your donation of a nonperishable item to support communities in need.

January 24, 2018

Criminal Justice in the 21st Century

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
Edward P. Mulvey, Professor of Psychiatry and Criminal Justice Coordinator

Introducer: Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive

February 20, 2018

No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty

Waverly Duck, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh


March 22, 2018

Race and Compounded Adversity:  Evidence from the New York City Longitudinal Survey of Well-being

Kathryn Neckerman, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Columbia Population Research Center, Columbia University

April 5, 2018

The Real Record on Racial Attitudes

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


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 Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PCfor the Fall 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 Kerry Hanahan (412-624-7382) with any questions.

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