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Date: November 17, 1997
Wilson to Address "Bridging the Racial Divide"
PRINCETON, N.J. -- William Julius Wilson, the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will present the 3rd annual Melvin M. Tumin Lecture on Inequality on Thursday, December 4, at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium at Robertson Hall. The title of his talk is "Bridging the Racial Divide." The lecture, which is sponsored by the Sociology Department, honors the memory of Professor Melvin Tumin, whose writing on social inequality edified and inspired a generation of American social scientists.
Professor Wilson has written numerous books, including "The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions," which received the American Sociological Association's Sydney S. Spivack Award in intergroup relations, and "The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, The Underclass, and Public Policy," which was selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review as one of the 16 best books published in 1987, was selected as one of the winners of The Washington Monthly's 18th Annual Book Award, received the North Central Sociological Association's Scholarly Achievement Award, and was the winner of the Society for the Study of Social Problems' C. Wright Mills Award. His most recent book, "When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor," was selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of 1996, and received the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award in 1997.
Professor Wilson has taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1965-71). He was a Fellow (1981-82) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and held the French-American Foundation's American Studies Chair at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He has received honorary doctorates from over 20 colleges and universities.
A MacArthur Prize Fellow, Professor Wilson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1988, the American Philosophical Society in 1990, and the National Academy of Sciences in 1991. In June 1996 he was named by Time magazine as one of America's 25 Most Influential People.