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Taft Lecture Features Inner-City Expert Elijah Anderson

Date: Oct. 25, 2002
Contact: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Archive: Campus News

The Department of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati will host a Taft Memorial Lecture to be given by Professor Elijah Anderson, Charles and William L. Day Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania. Anderson will deliver a lecture titled "Inner City Violence: The Code of the Street" at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Room 601, Old Chemistry.

In this talk, based on his recent book The Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999), Anderson will explore the personal and community consequences of poverty and the racial divide in U.S. cities.

An expert on the sociology of black America, Anderson is the author of many other highly regarded sociological works including, A Place on the Corner: A Study of Black Street Corner Men (1978) and numerous articles on the black experience, including "Of Old Heads and Young Boys: Notes on the Urban Black Experience" (1986), commissioned by the National Research Council's Committee on the Status of Black Americans, "Sex Codes and Family Life among Inner-City Youth" (1989), and "The Code of the Streets," which was the cover story in the May 1994 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. For his ethnographic study Streetwise: Race, Class and Change in an Urban Community (1990), he was honored with the Robert E. Park Award of the American Sociological Association. Anderson also authored the "Introduction" to the re-publication of The Philadelphia Negro by W.E.B. DuBois (1996).

Anderson directs the Philadelphia Ethnography Project and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and vice president of the American Sociological Association. He was a member of the National Research Council's Panel on the Understanding and Control of Violent Behavior, which published its report in 1993. He received a BA degree from Indiana University, an MA degree from the University of Chicago and a PhD from Northwestern University, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sarah Beth Estes at (513) 556-4707.

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