Abby L. Ferber to Lecture at Pitt’s Center On Race and Social Problems March 16

Issue Date: 
March 15, 2010

Abby L. Ferber, director of a national center that explores how race and ethnicity intersect with privilege and oppression, will deliver a lecture at the University of Pittsburgh titled “‘There Is More to Me Than White:’ Moving From Whiteness Studies to Privilege Studies” from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 16 at Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP), School of Social Work Conference Center, 20th floor, Cathedral of Learning.

Ferber’s talk is part of the Reed Smith Spring 2010 Speaker Series and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and lunch will be provided. For more information, call 412-624-7382.

Ferber is known as a leading scholar of the United States’ extreme right wing. A professor of women’s and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, she also is director of that university’s Matrix Center, a leading national resource that examines the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality as they interact with one another and with other aspects of privilege, oppression, and inequality.

Ferber is the author of White Man Falling: Race, Gender, and White Supremacy (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998), coauthor of Hate Crime in America: What Do We Know? (American Sociological Association, 2000) and Making a Difference: University Students of Color Speak Out (Rowman & Littlefield 2002), and editor of Home-Grown Hate: Gender and Organized Racism (Routledge, 2003).

Ferber’s articles have been widely published in academic journals, and she is a frequent presenter at meetings of the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. She has presented many workshops on the subjects of hate crime, the far right, and teaching about hate.

CRSP also hosts the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Speaker Series every fall. Both series provide Pitt faculty, students, and community members the opportunity to engage in discussions of mutual interest.

CRSP, established at Pitt in 2002, conducts race-related research and disseminates its findings, mentors emerging scholars, and holds summer institutes on various topics.
It is the first race-related research center to be housed in a school of social work.