Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Fall 2016 Speaker Series

Tuesday September 20
Frank Dobbin; Professor of Sociology, Harvard University. “Why Diversity Programs Don’t Work.”

Wednesday October 19
Richard Rothstein; Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute. “Residential Segregation – What are the Remedies?”

Tuesday November 8
Maurita Bryant; Assistant Superintendent, Allegheny County Police. “Race and Gender in the Police: Beyond the Blue Uniform”

Tuesday December 6
James Huguley; Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. “Just Discipline and the School to Prison Pipeline in Greater Pittsburgh: Local Challenges and Promising Solutions.”

Spring 2016 Speaker Series: Elaine Weiss

Click here to watch Elaine Weiss' lecture:

"Achievement Gaps - and the Toxic Interaction of Race, Poverty, and Segregation - Start Before Kindergarten"



Elaine Weiss is the National Coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Education (BBA), where she works with three co-chairs, a high-level task force, and multiple coalition partners to promote a comprehensive, evidence-based set of policies to allow all children to thrive.  Major publications for BBA include Market-Oriented Education Reforms' Rhetoric Trumps Reality, and Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement. In 2014, she worked with educators from across the country on a series of commentaries for Bill Moyers on the many links between poverty and educational achievement. She has also authored dozens of blogs for the Huffington Post, the Washington Post Answer Sheet, TalkPoverty, theNation, and other publications, and been interviewed for numerous radio shows, including Jesse Jackson's "Keep Hope Alive" and NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show." She was a member of the Center for Disease Control's task force on child abuse, and served as volunteer counsel for clients at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Weiss has a Ph.D. in public policy from the George Washington University Trachtenberg School, a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, and a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park.



Spring 2016 Speaker Series: Ralph Richard Banks

Click here to watch Ralph Richard Banks' lecture:

"Is Marriage for White People?"


Ralph Richard Banks (BA '87, MA '87) is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Professor, by courtesy, at the School of Education. A native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School (JD 1994), Banks has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1998. Prior to joining the law school, he practiced law at O'Melveny & Myers, was the Reginald F. Lewis Fellow at Harvard Law School and clerked for a federal judge, the Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. (then of the Southern District of New York). Professor Banks teaches and writes about family law, employment discrimination law and race and the law. He is the author of Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone. At Stanford, he is affiliated with the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and the Ethnicity, the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality. His writings have appeared in a wide range of popular and scholarly publications, including the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Law JournalThe New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He has been interviewed and quoted by numerous print and broadcast media, including ABC News/Nightline, National Public Radio, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among others.

Spring 2016 Speaker Series: Darrick Hamilton

Click here to watch Darrick Hamilton's lecture:

"Rhetoric vs. Reality: Neoliberal Thought and the Racial Wealth Gap"


Darrick Hamilton is the director of the doctoral program in public and urban policy, and jointly appointed as an associate professor of economics and urban policy at The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy and the Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research at The New School in New York. Professor Hamilton is a stratification economist, whose work focuses on the causes, consequences and remedies of racial and ethnic inequality in economic and health outcomes, which includes an examination of the intersection of identity, racism, colorism, and socioeconomic outcomes.  He has authored numerous scholarly articles on socioeconomic stratification in education, marriage, wealth, home ownership, health (including mental health), and labor market outcomes.


Spring 2016 Speaker Series: Pat Chew

Click here to watch Pat Chew's lecture:

"Myth of the Color-blind and Gender-blind Judge"

Pat Chew is the Salmon Chaired Professor and Distinguished Faculty Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a University Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award recipient. Her numerous presentations, both in the United States and abroad, are currently on judicial decision-making in racial harassment cases, subtly sexist language in the legal profession, the role of culture and race in legal disputes, and empirical research on civil rights disputes. Judicial groups and law schools across the country have invited her to speak. Professor Chew is the inaugural recipient of the Keith Aoki Excellence in Asian American Jurisprudence Award in 2011.

Reed Smith Spring 2016 Speaker Series

*All events begin at noon on the dates provided in 2017 Cathedral of Learning. No RSVP is required. Lunch is provided.*


Wednesday, January 27
Pat Chew: Myth of the Color-blind and Gender-blind Judge

Thursday, February 4
Darrick Hamilton: 
Rhetoric vs Reality: Neoliberal Thought and the Racial Wealth Gap

Thursday, March 3
Ralph Richard Banks:
 Is Marriage for White People?

Tuesday, April 12
Elaine Weiss: 
Achievement Gaps - the the Toxic Interaction of Race, Poverty, and Segregation - Start Before Kindergarten 


Fall 2015 Speaker Series: Tanya Hernandez

Click here to watch Tanya Hernandez's lecture:

"Multiracial in the Workplace - A New Kind of Discrimination?"

Tanya K. Hernandez is a Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. She received her A.B. from Brown University, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Professor Hernandez's scholarly interest is in the study of comparative race relations and anti-discrimination law, and her work in that area has been published in the California Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review, the New York Times, and the Yale Law Journal amongst other publications.

Fall 2015 Speaker Series: Jacqueline Battalora

Click to view Dr. Battalora's talk:

"Birth of a White Nation"

Jacqueline Battalora was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and lived in Antwerp, Belgium for six years before her family relocated to Victoria, Texas. The experience of attending high school and middle school in Texas formed her understanding of race in America. While she is currently a lawyer and professor of sociology and criminal justice at Saint Xavier University, she is also a former Chicago Police officer. She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and has been engaged in anti-racist training since the mid-1990s.


CRSP in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dr. Anita Zuberi is featured in the Post-Gazette for her work on the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Distress and Health Study. The study reveals that Chartiers City - a majority African American neighborhood of 477 residents - has a poverty rate of 5.26%, a stable housing market, and highly rated housing conditions. Read this article to learn more.

To read the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Distress and Health Study: Neighborhood Profiles, click here.

Call For Student Papers

The Center on Race and Social Problems, through the School of Social Work, invites you to submit your paper addressing contemporary race-related issues. The center will award a $500 resource fund to the best papers submitted by an undergraduate, Master’s and PhD level student.

In this university-wide competition, CRSP is soliciting papers in the following areas:

  • Economic disparities
  • Education disparities
  • Intergroup race relations
  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Youth, Families, and the Elderly


More detailed inofrmation can be found HERE

Fall 2015 Speaker Series: Bhashkar Mazumder

Click to view Dr. Mazumder's talk: "Black/White Differences in Intergenerational Economic Mobility in the United States"


Bhashkar "Bhash" Mazumder is a senior economist and research advisor in the economic research department and executive director of the Chicago Census Research Data Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. As a member of the microeconomic team, Mazumder conducts research in labor economics, education and health. His research has been focused in three areas: intergenerational economic mobility; the long-term effects of poor health early in life; and black-white gaps in human capital development.


The Fall 2015 Speaker Series is made possible by the generosity of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC.