The Butler A. Jones Endowed Lecture Series The Department of Sociology and Criminology at Cleveland State University sponsors an annual event to honor its former Chair, Butler A. Jones, a highly respected scholar, administrator, and advocate. Dr. Jones’ long and distinguished career began with his membership on the team of young scholars whose work provided the basis for Gunnar Myrdal’s influential 1944 book. Documenting and publicizing the gap between American ideals of equality and opportunity, and the continued existence of discrimination and prejudice against African-Americans, the book was cited in the landmark 1954 Supreme Court The Butler Jones series presents contemporary sociological scholarship on race and ethnicity to the CSU and wider communities, continuing the work of the late Dr. Jones in combining scholarship and public policy. An annual student scholarship is also awarded in honor of Dr. Jones.
Thursday October 17, 2013 from 1:00 – 2:15 pm || Main Classroom Auditorium
Based on 23 years of research, Tim Black adopts the method of sociological storytelling to demonstrate how social structures are lived. In this talk he focuses on three Puerto Rican brothers, their family and friends, to illustrate how jobs, the streets and prison have shaped a generation of racial minority men living on the economic and social margins of the “new economy.”
Biosketch: Tim Black is Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On and Off the Streets, published by Vintage Books, a division of Random House. The book was named a best book of 2009 by the Washington Post, and won the 2011 Mirra Komarovsky book award given by the Eastern Sociological Society, the 2010 book award given by the Association for Humanist Sociology, and was a finalist for the Puerto Rican Studies Association’s annual book award in 2010. Dr. Black is currently co-authoring a book with Mary Erdmans on adolescent mothers in Connecticut and a book on low-income fathers with Sky Keyes.
This event is FREE and Open to the Public!
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