NYU’s Patrick Sharkey to Give Talk on Persistence of Racial Inequality in America’s Neighborhoods

Issue Date: 
November 25, 2013

Patrick T. Sharkey, associate professor of sociology at New York University, will deliver a free public lecture at noon Dec. 3, titled “A Multigenerational Perspective on Neighborhoods and Racial Inequality.”  The talk will take place at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems, School of Social Work Conference Center, on the Cathedral of Learning’s 20th floor.

Sharkey, who is also affiliated with NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, has researched the persistent inequality in American cities and the mechanisms that allow it to continue through multiple generations of families. In his recent book, Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality (University of Chicago Press, 2013), Sharkey explores what he calls some of the most persistent forms of racial inequality—gaps in income and academic test scores—and assesses the neighborhoods in which black and white families have lived for generations. Only a durable urban policy agenda, Sharkey says, will change the outcomes for these families and the communities they call home.

Sharkey will be the final lecturer in the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Fall 2013 Speaker Series. Registration is not required; lunch will be provided.  For more information, visit www.crsp.pitt.edu or call 412-624-7382.

The Center on Race and Social Problems’ annual Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Fall 2013 Speaker Series provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community to engage in race-related discussions of mutual interest. The Center’s Reed Smith Spring 2014 Speaker Series will begin in January.