Seven of the world’s leading experts in African American studies, anthropology, biology, genetics, history, sociology, public affairs, and psychology will address Lawrentians participating in the 2019 Senior Capstone course. This year’s topic, “Race,” will be explored by students through biological, historical, psychological and social perspectives. They will examine the science of human biological variation, the construction of the idea of race, and the impact of that idea on Western society, particularly the United States.
All lectures will be given in the Woods Memorial Hall Heely Room – except the May 20 lecture, which will be held in the Kirby Arts Center - beginning at 7:00 p.m. Due to limited seating, these talks are open only to current members of the School community.
2019 Senior Capstone Lecture Schedule
April 1: Alan Goodman, Hampshire College. Goodman teaches biological anthropology at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has served as Hampshire’s Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty. Goodman serves as the co-director of the American Anthropological Association public education project on race. He is the coauthor of “Race: Why Are We So Different?”
April 8: Sarah Tishkoff, David and Lyn Silfen University Professorship in Genetics and Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Tishkoff also holds appointments in the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Human Genetics and is on the editorial boards at PLOS Genetics, Genome Research: Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health as well as G3 (Genes, Genomes, and Genetics).
April 15: Susan Fiske, Eugene Higgins Professor at Princeton University. Fisk holds academic appointments in the Department of Psychology and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Her research addresses how stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination are encouraged or discouraged by social relationships, such as cooperation, competition, and power. Fiske is the co-author of a popular best-selling textbook, “Social Cognition: From Brains to Culture.”
April 22: Douglas Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University. Massey has served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, and Latin America, especially Mexico. He is the author, most recently, of “Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb” and “Brokered Boundaries: Creating Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times.”
May 6: David Levering Lewis, Julius Silver University Professor, and the Professor of History at New York University. Lewis is a two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for works on W.E.B. Dubois: “W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race” and “W. E. B. Du Bois, 1919-1963: The Fight for Equality and the American Century.” Recognizing his work as a distinguished scholar, President Barack Obama presented Lewis with the National Humanities Medal in 2009. His other professional achievements include a term as president of the Society of American Historians, and winner of both the Bancroft Prize and the Francis Parkman Prize.
May 13: Christopher L. Brown, Columbia University. Brown specializes in the history of eighteenth century Britain, the early modern British Empire, and the comparative history of slavery and abolition, with secondary interests in the age of revolutions and the history of the Atlantic world. He is the author of “Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism,” which won the 2007 Frederick Douglass Book Prize.
May 20: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Gates has authored or co-authored 21 books and created 15 documentary films. The recipient of 55 honorary degrees and numerous prizes, Gates was a member of the first class awarded “genius grants” by the MacArthur Foundation in 1981, and in 1998, he became the first African American scholar to be awarded the National Humanities Medal.
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