"I have spent much of my life being Black in White space. I was born in a cabin in the Mississippi Delta on what used to be a slave plantation. When I was two, my family migrated to South Bend, where I grew up, attended the public schools, and left to attend Indiana University in Bloomington. Later, I matriculated at the University of Chicago and Northwestern. Then I taught Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale. This is my story."
Dr. Elijah Anderson, a leading urban ethnographer and author of several books about the Black experience, joins us to talk about his life growing up in South Bend, as well as share stories and information from his latest book and from his other groundbreaking works about the Black urban experience in the United States. A Q&A session will follow Dr. Anderson's presentation.
Elijah Anderson is the Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies at Yale University, and one of the leading urban ethnographers in the United States. His publications include Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999), winner of the Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society; Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990), winner of the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best published book in the area of Urban Sociology; and the classic sociological work, A Place on the Corner(1978; 2nd ed., 2003); The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life was published by WW Norton in 2011. Anderson’s most recent ethnographic work, Black in White Space: The Enduring Impact of Color in Everyday Life was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2022.