Category Social Sciences Forum

Christina Greer

Black Ethnic Identity and Immigration: Pursuit of the American Dream

Social Sciences Forum
Christina Greer, associate professor of political science, Fordham University
Tuesday, February 23, 4:30 p.m.
University Center Room 310

There has been significant voluntary immigration of black populations from Africa and the Caribbean over the past few decades, which has changed the racial, ethnic, and political landscape in the U.S. An important question for social scientists is how these “new” blacks will behave politically in the U.S. (Click heading for full description.)

Karl Alexander

The Long Shadow: Poverty, Privilege & Education in Baltimore

Social Sciences Forum
Karl Alexander, research professor of sociology, Johns Hopkins University
Wednesday, March 23, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth and the Transition to Adulthood tells the story of the Baltimore-based Beginning School Study Youth Panel (BSSYP), a probability sample of typical urban children who came of age over the last decades of the 20th Century and into the first decade of the 21st. It is an account of their social mobility from origins to destinations, framed in life-course perspective. (Click heading for full description.)

Eldar Shafir

Psychology and Policy in Contexts of Scarcity

Social Sciences Forum
Eldar Shafir, William Steward Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Tuesday, April 5, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The psychology that emerges when people do not have enough (money, time, etc.) will be considered, along with some of the behaviors — commendable as well as problematic — that emerge as a result. Some implications for policy and for the conduct of everyday life will be considered. (Click heading for full description.)

Brett Walker

Natural and Unnatural Disasters: 3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan’s Modern World

Social Sciences Forum
Brett L. Walker, Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, Department of History and Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University
Thursday, April 21, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

In this lecture, Brett Walker will investigate asbestos in the construction and, more importantly, destruction of Japan’s built environment, with a focus on the impact of the 3/11 disaster and the later clean up. (Click heading for full description.)

Rhonda Williams

‘Everybody is So Hysterical and Panic Stricken…’ : Grasping Black Power in the 20th Century

Social Sciences Forum
Rhonda Y. Williams, associate professor and founding director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University
Thursday, April 28, 4 p.m.
Location on campus TBA

Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams is an associate professor and the first black person ever tenured in the History Department at Case Western Reserve University. She is the founder and director of the Social Justice Institute at CWRU, and the founder and director of CWRU’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies. In April 2009, she was awarded CWRU’s inaugural Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Award. (Click heading for full description.)


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