Lawrence Memorial Lecture

Professor Charles R. Lawrence II

Professor Charles R. Lawrence II

Professor Charles R. Lawrence II was a member of the Department of Sociology from 1948 until his retirement in 1977. He served as chairman from 1966 to 1977. In addition to providing leadership to the department, Lawrence was the first Black and only the third lay person to hold the presidency of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church’s General Convention. He was instrumental in paving the way for the ordination of women in the Episcopal Church and played a leadership role as well in marshaling the church’s efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. The Charles Lawrence II Memorial Lecture Series is presented by the Department of Sociology and the president of Brooklyn College. It was established in 1989 by Lawrence’s family and friends to honor his intellectual and spiritual legacy.

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For further information about this lecture series, contact Associate Professor Tamara Mose, organizer and chair, Charles Lawrence II Memorial Lecture Committee.

Past Charles Lawrence Memorial Lecture Speakers

Speaker Lecture Title Year
Mignon Moore, Barnard College The World Has Changed: LGBTQ People Navigating Family, Politics, and Culture 2018
Joe Feagin, Texas A&M University College Students Doing Racism: White Racial Framing 2016
Charles Lawrence III, University of Hawaii-Manoa Danger! Educated Black Man: The Performance of Race in a “Post-Racial” World 2014
Eduardo Bonilla Silva, Duke University The Sweet Enchantment of Post Civil Rights Racism: America’s Racial Nightmare from the 1970s to the Obama Moment 2013
Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Confronting Precarious Work: Toward a New Social Contract 2011
Frances Fox Piven, Graduate Center-CUNY Popular Power in a Golbalizing World 2007
Irving Horowitz, Rutgers University The Limits of Social Policy and the Changing Character of Social Science in the US: Comparing 1904 and 2004 2004
Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University America and the World: The Twin Towers as Metaphor 2001
Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia University Capitalism and Well-being: Governance in the 21st Century 1999
Robert K. Merton, Columbia University De-Gendering ‘Man of Science’: A Venture in Sociological Semantics 1998
Barbara J. Fields, Columbia University Race in American Life 1997
Herbert J. Gans, Columbia University The War Against the Poor and the Job Crisis 1996
Hylan Lewis, Brooklyn College-CUNY What’s in a name? The Semantic Politics of Poverty, Race, and Class 1995
Frances Degen Horowitz, Graduate Center-CUNY ‘You Said It Would Be Safe’: Children and Violence 1994
William Julius Wilson, University of Chicago The Changing Context of Race and Poverty in Urban America 1993
Eugene D. Genovese, University Center-Atlanta The Southern Conservative Tradition 1992
John Hope Franklin, Duke University Whither American Brotherhood? 1990
Sara Lawrence Lightfoot, Harvard University Balm in Gilead: On Love, Justice, and the Word 1989

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