Great Problems, Great Minds: Black in White Space with Yale’s Elijah Anderson




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Join the Department of Social Sciences online for its fourth event in the Great Problems, Great Minds seminar series. A professor of sociology and of African American studies at Yale University, and one of the leading urban ethnographers in the United States, Elijah Anderson will discuss the challenges of being Black in locations and fields that are dominated by white individuals, “white spaces." Anderson is the author of several books, most recently The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life (W.W. Norton, 2011), and is a recipient of the American Sociological Association’s prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award.

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Jeffrey Terry
Professor of Physics Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Interim Chair, Department of Social Sciences

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