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A Starting Point

On behalf of the Center on Race and Social Problems at the University of Pittsburgh, I am proud to introduce our new Race Research Online Directory. The directory makes a wealth of scholarly information—including lecture videos, research projects, publications, and other educational resources—available at the touch of a button.

For more than 10 years, we have gathered work on race, color, and ethnicity from the country’s top scholars. The launch of the Race Research Online Directory realizes our goal of offering this information to the widest possible audience.

We hope that the directory will provide users with easy access to the very best race-related research available and serve as a valuable tool for social justice.

I truly believe that the content in this directory can make a difference in research, policy, and education all over the world.

Larry E. Davis
Director, Center on Race and Social Problems
Dean and Donald M. Henderson Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

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Spring 2015 Speaker Series Schedule

Sponsored by the Pittsburgh law firm Reed Smith LLP, the 2015 Spring Speaker Series provides an opportunity for faculty, students, and community members to engage in race-related discussions of mutual interest. 

Wednesday, January21
"'Try On the Outfit and Just See How It Works': The Psychocultural Responses of Disconnected Black Youth to Work"
Orlando Patterson
John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Wednesday, February 25
"The Collision of Race and Criminal Justice: Lessons from the Aftermath of Ferguson"
David Harris
Distinguished Faculty Scholar & Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh

Tuesday, March 17
"The Crisis of College Access for Students of Color"
Gary Orfield
, Distinguished Research Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning; Co-Director of The Civil Rights Project, University of California, Los Angeles

Thursday, April 23
"The End of Black Metropolis?"
Mary Pattillo
, Harold Washington Professor; Professor of Sociology & African American Studies, Northwestern University

Recent Events

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Fall 2014 Speaker Series

The Pittsburgh law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC firm has consistently supported the fall speaker series since 2003. We thank Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC for recognizing the importance of race in our society, and the necessity of developing real-world solutions to our country's defining social problem. 

September 15, 2014
James Jackson, Professor, Psychology and Health Behavior & Health Education, Director, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, "Understanding Racial and Ethnic Differences in Physical and Psychiatric Health" video

October 8, 2014
Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City" video

November 18, 2014
Michael Sherraden, Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, Washington University School of Social Work,"Building Assets for All: Research and Policy for Universal Children's Accounts" video

December 1, 2014
Frederick Thieman, President, Buhl Foundation, "Reinventing the Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century" video


** New Publication **

Dean Larry E. Davis and Professor Ralph Bangs have co-edited a new book titled "Race and Social Problems". Their work explores the current state of race in America, offering both multi-level analysis and a practical blueprint for social justice. It begins by explaining how race-related social problems have changed over the decades. This volume identifies factors contributing to their persistence in this century, most notably the central role of economic disparities in exacerbating related social problems and replicating them for future generations.

Race and Social Problems casts a wide net across the most pressing social issues, clarifying both the immediate and larger tasks ahead for a range of professionals in such diverse fields as social work, anthropology, communications, criminology, economics, history, law, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology.

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Over 30 researchers and directors from across the country gathered at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) for the first-of-its-kind summit of Race, Ethnicity and Poverty (REAP) centers. CRSP Director, and Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Dr. Larry E. Davis was spurred to organize the June 6-7, 2013 event because he knew of no other organization that brought together race-focused scholars and center directors. This summit allowed center directors from across the country to learn about other similar programs, to explore funding oppurtunities for race research and to foster collaboration among centers.


In March 2014, CRSP Director and Dean of the School of Social Work, Dr. Larry E. Davis, Ralph Bangs, CRSP Associate Director, and students of the Cuban Social Policy Issues course travelled to Cuba during spring break.

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The Center on Race and Social Problems has awarded funding for the following new pilot study:

African American Students’ Opportunities to Learn: How Classroom Climate Factors Condition Participation and Learning in High School Math Classrooms
Tanner L. Wallace (Education) Jasmine D. Williams (Education)

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