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University of Pennsylvania Sociologist to Speak at UC Riverside March 8

Elijah Anderson will speak on “The Young Black Male: A Case for National Action"

(February 28, 2006)

Elijah Anderson, courtesy of University of Pennsylvania

Elijah Anderson, courtesy of University of Pennsylvania

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Elijah Anderson, a distinguished sociologist from the University of Pennsylvania, will give a free public lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in room 1501 Humanities and Social Sciences building at UC Riverside. His subject is, “The Young Black Male: A Case for National Action."

Professor Anderson is the Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. An expert on the sociology of black America, he is the author of the classic sociological work, "A Place on the Corner: A Study of Black Street Corner Men"(1978; 2003) and numerous articles on the black experience.

He is also the former advisor of UCR Assistant Professor of Sociology Scott Brooks, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. “Dr. Anderson's work is definitely near to mine, we research the same areas of Philly and even have found that our subjects overlap,” Brooks said. “He is my former advisor and professor and I am honored to have him here at UC Riverside.”

Dr. Anderson authored the introduction to the republication of "The Philadelphia Negro" by W.E.B. DuBois (1996), and his expanded version of the Atlantic piece, "The Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City," published by W.W. Norton (1999). He was honored with the Kamarovsky Award of the Eastern Sociological Society. Professor Anderson has served as visiting professor at Swarthmore College, Yale University, and Princeton University. He won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Penn and was named the Robin M. Williams, Jr., Distinguished Lecturer for 1999-2000 by the Eastern Sociological Association.

Dr. Anderson has appeared on the Lehrer Newshour, and other national news programs. He is director of the Philadelphia Ethnography Project, associate editor of Qualitative Sociology, and other professional journals, 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 also studies the social psychology of organizations, field methods of social research, social interaction, and social organization. He received a B.A. degree from Indiana University, an M.A. degree from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow. Professor Anderson is the past Vice President of the American Sociological Association.

His visit to UCR includes presentations earlier in the day in the Department of Sociology.

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