Annual Public Lecture


The Ecology of Homicide: Race, Place, and Space in Post-War Philadelphia

The 38th Annual Norman Glickman Lecture in Urban Studies

The 38th Annual Norman Glickman Lecture in Urban Studies will be a virtual discussion of Eric C. Schneider’s posthumously published book…


37th Annual Public Lecture: Forrest Stuart

"Ballad of the Bullet: Gangs, Drill Music, and the Power of Online Infamy"

Forrest Stuart is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, the director of the Stanford Ethnography

36th Annual Public Lecture: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

"Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership"

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University, was our 36th Annual Public Lecturer.

35th Annual Public Lecture: Patrick Sharkey

"Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence"

Patrick Sharkey, Professor and Chair of Sociology at New York University, delivered the 35th Annual Urban Studies Public Lecture in

34th Annual Public Lecture: Max Page

“Why Historic Preservation Matters: Building a More Just City”

Max Page, Professor of Architecture and History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will deliver the 34th Annual Urban Studies Public Lecture.  The title of the lecture is “Why Historic Preservation

33rd Annual Public Lecture: Matthew Desmond

"Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City"

Free and open to the public.

From Harvard sociologist and 2015 MacArthur “Genius” award winner Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at

32nd Annual Public Lecture: Abigail Perkiss

"Ideals Unfulfilled: Integration, Liberalism, and Urban Education in Postwar Philadelphia"

Abigail Perkiss, Assistant Professor of History at Kean University in Union, NJ, is our 32nd Annual Urban Studies Public Lecturer.

31st Annual Public Lecture: Alice Goffman

"On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City"

Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is our 31st Annual Urban Studies Public Lecturer.

30th Annual Public Lecture: Mary Pattillo

"Black Picket Fences Revisited: Black Middle Class Neighborhoods in the 21st Century"

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29th Annual Public Lecture: Carl Nightingale

"How American Urban Segregation Outlived Apartheid"

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28th Annual Public Lecture: Bruce Western

"Mass Incarceration and the Prospects for Reform"

Bruce Western, Professor of Sociology at Harvard and Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, will deliver Urban Studies’ twenty-eighth annual