The College of Liberal Arts, University Forum Lecture Series presents “Black in White Space,” a talk by Dr. Elijah Anderson, Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies, Yale University.
American society has changed since slavery and the caste-like system of state-enforced racial segregation. And yet racism continues to manifest itself today in occasional overtly hateful or violent acts. Common today is an attitude that black people must prove they left behind their ghetto stereotypes before they can enjoy trusting relations with others. Despite positive social change and the growth of the black middle class, it is still the case that when encountering blacks in the white space, some whites experience cognitive dissonance and become confused, disturbed, or even outraged at what they see. Dr. Elijah Anderson, Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies at Yale University, will explore the experience of blacks in contemporary America. An imminent scholar and public intellectual, Dr. Anderson is recipient of the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award and Robert E. Park Award for the best book in Urban Sociology given the American Sociological Association, member of the National Research Council’s Panel on the Understanding and Control of Violent Behavior, and author of numerous books, including "Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City," "Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community," "A Place on the Corner," and "The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life."