South Bend Days: Reflections of a Fieldworker


Location: Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

Elijah Anderson, William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Yale University

Anderson’s talk will combine his keen sociological insights into race relations and the largely unspoken morality of inner-city neighborhoods with stories of his experiences growing up in South Bend.

Elijah Anderson is 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). Anderson’s most recent ethnographic work, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life, was published by W.W. Norton in March 2011.

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.