Distinguished sociologist Anderson to speak at Lycoming College

Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City"

Dr. Elijah Anderson

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Dr. Elijah Anderson, one of the nation’s most respected scholars in the field of urban inequality, will speak at Lycoming College Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in D-001 of the Academic Center. The title of his presentation is “Revisiting the ‘Code of the Street,'” which is based on his award-winning book “Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City” (1999).

Funding and support of Anderson’s visit are provided by Lycoming College, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Department of Criminal Justice, and STEP, Inc., through a grant from the Compassion Capital Fund Communities Empowering Youth Program.
Anderson, the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University, has written and edited numerous books, book chapters and reports on the black experience. His books include “Code of the Street,” winner of the 2000 Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Association; “Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community” (1990), winner of the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park award for the best published book in the area of urban sociology; and the classic sociological work, “A Place on the Corner: A Study of Black Street Corner Men” (1978; 2nd ed., 2003).
“Professor Anderson is an incredible sociologist who has delved into issues of urban life that help us to understand cultural differences,” said Dr. Betty McCall, assistant professor of sociology at Lycoming. “Simply because two different groups are native English speakers born in America doesn’t mean their cultures are the same. As we continue to experience the migration of populations into Williamsport, specifically from large urban areas, Professor Anderson’s work helps us to better understand a culture that is different from what we have in our town. I’m very excited that we have the opportunity to have him at Lycoming College.”
Anderson has also written numerous articles on the black experience, including “Of Old Heads and Young Boys: Notes on the Urban Black Experience” (1986), commissioned by the National Research Council’s Committee on the Status of Black Americans; “Sex Codes and Family Life among Inner-City Youth” in the January 1989 issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science; and “The Code of the Streets,” which was the cover story in the May 1994 issue of The Atlantic Monthly and was published in expanded form as his book “Code of the Street.” Anderson also authored the introduction to the re-publication of The Philadelphia Negro by W.E.B. Du Bois (1996).
In the news media, he has written for the New York Times Book Review and appeared on “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”
In April 2008, Anderson held a conference at Yale titled “Urban Ethnography: Its Traditions and Its Future.” Works based on that conference will be published in a special double issue of Ethnography in spring 2009. In April 2006, he held a conference at the University of Pennsylvania titled “Poor, Young, Black, and Male: A Case for National Action?” His edited volume, “Against the Wall: Poor, Young, Black, and Male” (University of Pennsylvania Press), is based on that conference.
In addition to his numerous literary awards, Anderson has won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania; and he was named the Robin M. Williams, Jr., Distinguished Lecturer for 1999-2000 by the Eastern Sociological Society. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Northwestern University.

Anderson has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and was vice president of the American Sociological Association. He has served in an editorial capacity for a wide range of professional journals and special publications in his field, including Qualitative Sociology, Ethnography, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, City & Community and Annals of the Society of Political and Social Science on Ethnography. He has also served as a consultant to a variety of government agencies, including the White House, the United States Congress, the National Academy of Science and the National Science Foundation. He was a member of the National Research Council’s Panel on the Understanding and Control of Violent Behavior, which published its report in 1993. He serves as director of the Philadelphia Ethnography Project and the Yale Urban Ethnography Project.

Before joining the faculty at Yale in July 2007, Anderson had been teaching at the University of Pennsylvania since 1975. He was appointed to the Max and Heidi Berry Term Chair in the Social Sciences in 1989 and the Charles and William L. Day Chair in 1991, and then to Distinguished Professor in 2001, with a secondary appointment in the Wharton School since 2004. He has also served as visiting professor at Swarthmore College, Princeton University and Ecole des Hautes en Science Sociales in Paris, France.
Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University, a master’s at the University of Chicago and a doctorate from Northwestern University, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow.

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