University of Pittsburgh
November 12, 2009

Racial Inequality in the Classroom Subject of Nov. 19 Pitt Lecture

Renowned sociologist to deliver talk at Pitt's Center on Race and Social Problems

Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH-Amanda Lewis, associate professor of sociology at Emory University, will deliver a lecture at the University of Pittsburgh titled "Despite the Best Intentions: Why Racial Inequality Persists in Good Schools."

The talk will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Pitt's Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP), School of Social Work Conference Center, 20th floor, Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. It is part of the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Fall 2009 Speaker Series and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and lunch will be provided. For more information, call 412-624-7382.

Lewis' areas of expertise include race and ethnic relations, urban schooling, children and youth, gender, and urban ethnography. She has researched suburban school achievement and under-performing Black students in suburban schools.

Lewis coauthored "Challenging Racism in Higher Education: Promoting Justice" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) and coedited "Changing Terrain of Race & Ethnicity" (Russell Sage, 2004). She has published in many journals, lectured widely, and served as a consultant on a number of diversity and school-outcome initiatives.

At Emory University, Lewis is involved in the Race and Difference Initiative, which focuses on race and other forms of stigma.