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Class, Race and Childrearing: Unequal Childhoods and Unequal Adulthoods

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 6:30 PM, CSWGS is pleased to present a Gray/Wawro Lecture in Gender, Health and Well-being from Annette Lareau, Stanley I. Sheerr Term Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.  Held in collaboration with a three day seminar from FaithandReason titled "Houston: Confronting Poverty from the Heart of Faith," Lareau's lecture will take place off-campus, in the Sanctuary of the South Main Baptist Church.  More information about the venue is provided below.

While this event is free and open to the public, the remainder of the FaithandReason seminar is ticketed.  Email by September 16 to RSVP for Lareau's lecture.

Americans strongly believe in the importance of individuals' efforts in shaping their life chances. Yet, accidents of birth also shape life outcomes. This talk traces the effects of those accidents through intensive interviews and observation in the homes of white and African-American families of different social positions.  These data show how social class and race remain powerful factors shaping important aspects of child rearing including children's participation in organized activities, parents' and children's language use, and parents' interventions in schools and doctors’ offices.

Lareau headshotBefore moving to Penn in 2008, Lareau taught at the University of Maryland and Temple University. She is the author of Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life which won a distinguished publication award from the Sociology of Family, Sociology of Childhood, and Sociology of Culture sections of the American Sociological Association. A second edition of Unequal Childhoods, with 100 new pages, was published in 2011; it provides a follow-up of the children into adulthood. She is also the co-editor (with Kimberly Goyette) of Choosing Homes, Choosing Schools (forthcoming Russell Sage Foundation). She has been a residential fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York. During the 2013-1014 year, Annette Lareau was President of the American Sociological Association; she presided over the just-completed 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco.

Lareau bookThe lecture begins at 6:30 pm and will be followed by a brief panel discussion.  Questions will be collected from the audience and answered after the panel.  Copies of the second edition of Lareau's Unequal Childhoods will be available for purchase before and after the talk and during the reception, courtesy of Blue Willow Bookshop.

South Main Baptist Church is located at 4100 Main St, Houston, TX 77002.  Convenient parking is available on the church campus.  For additional information, please visit their website.