Sept. 30 sociology lecture to focus on race, class in the 21st century

September 23, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Sociologist William Julius Wilson will speak about race and class in the 21st century at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at Purdue University.

The talk, "Reflecting on Issues of Race and Class in the 21st Century: Revisiting the Declining Significance of Race," will take place in the Purdue Memorial Union's West Faculty Lounge. The event, which is free and open to the public, is the seventh annual Cummings-Perrucci Lecture on Class, Race and Gender Inequality.

Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University and is the author of numerous publications and books, including "The Declining Significance of Race," "The Truly Disadvantaged," "When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor," and "More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City."

He also has received 46 honorary degrees and is past president of the American Sociological Association. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Science Award. In 2014, he received the WEB Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award by the American Sociological Association. This is the highest award bestowed by the association.

This year's Cummings-Perrucci Lecture is hosted by the Department of Sociology. The Cummings-Perruci lecture series rotates between Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, African American Studies, and Sociology, and the series focuses on class, race and gender inequality. 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu 

Source: Richard Hogan, an associate professor of sociology, rhogan@purdue.edu 

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