The Center for the Study of Democracy and Department of Sociology present the Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture and the first annual Robin M. Williams Jr. Lecture:  
"Race and Equality in America"  
featuring Troy Duster, Professor, New York University and Past President, American Sociological Association, and Dianne Pinderhughes, Professor, University of Notre Dame and President, American Political Science Association  
Thursday, January 29, 2009  
Public Lecture:  
3:30 p.m.  
UC Irvine University Club Dining Room  
(bldg 801 on campus map:  
Duster's research spans topics including the sociology of law, science, deviance, inequality, race, and education. In addition to numerous book chapters, he has published widely in top scholarly journals. His most recent book, Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society (2003) received the Benjamin Hooks Award and was a finalist in 2004 for the C. Wright Mills Award. Duster served as president of the American Sociological Association from 2004-05.  
Pinderhughes studies inequality with a focus on racial and ethnic politics and public policy. She has published Race and Ethnicity in Chicago Politics A Reexamination of Pluralist Theory (1987) as well as numerous articles including several for the National Urban League's State of Black America, and book chapters addressing issues of race, public policy, and electoral politics. Her current research explores the creation of American civil society institutions in the twentieth century, and analyzes their influence on voting rights policy. Pinderhughes is incoming president-elect of the American Political Science Association, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.  
This event is free and open to the public.  
For further information, please contact Sheila Hayden, 949-824-2904 or  
About the Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows Series:  
The Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows Series brings to UC Irvine global scholars and intellects who are illuminating the challenges and possibilities of our increasingly interdependent world.  
About the Robin M. Williams, Jr. Lecture:  
The annual Robin M. Williams, Jr. Lecture, established in 2009 by the UCI Department of Sociology and the Center for the Study of Democracy, honors the research and teaching of Robin M. Williams, distinguished visiting professor, who devoted much of his career and writing to studies of intergroup tensions, race relations, war and peace, ethnic conflict, and altruism and cooperation. Among his many titles and distinctions, Williams was a past president of the American Sociological Association and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, American Philosophical Society, National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council. Williams was a greatly respected and much loved member of the UCI School of Social Sciences where he spent the last 16 years of his life pursuing his love for research, teaching and service.

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