Lawrence Memorial Lecture

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 marshalling 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 his family and friends to honor his intellectual and spiritual legacy.

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For further information about this lecture series, please contact Professor Gertrud Lenzer, organizer and chair, Charles Lawrence II Memorial Lecture Committee.

The 2011 Charles Lawrence Memorial Lecture

The Fourteenth Charles R. Lawrence II Memorial Lecture was given by Dr. Arne L. Kalleberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 Dr. Arne L. KallebergKalleberg is a graduate of our Department of Sociology (magna cum laude with honors), and a recent recipient of Brooklyn College's Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was raised in Brooklyn and met his wife here at Brooklyn College. He has gone to have a tremendously distinguished career, including service as president of the American Sociological Association in 2007–08.

He has authored, co-authored and edited 11 books and well over 100 articles and book chapters, examining the sociology of work, occupations, organizations, labor markets and stratification. His most recent book is Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarized and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States. He is currently working on projects that examine the growth of precarious work in Asia and the institutional determinants of inequality in the United States.

His very timely lecture was titled, "Confronting Precarious Work: Toward a New Social Contract."

The Charles Lawrence Memorial Lectures


 Dr. Frances Fox Piven

Frances Fox Piven
The Graduate Center CUNY
Popular Power in a Globalizing World


Irving Horowitz
Hannah Arendt University Professor Emeritus, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
The Limits of Social Policy and the Changing Character of Social Science in the United States: Comparing 1904 and 2004


Immanuel Wallerstein
Director, Fernand Braudel Center, Binghamton University
Senior Research Scholar, Yale University
America and the World: The Twin Towers as Metaphor


Jagdish Bhagwati
Arthur Lehman Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
Capitalism and Well-being: Governance in the 21st Century


Robert K. Merton
University Professor Emeritus, Columbia University
De-Gendering 'Man of Science'; A Venture in Sociological Semantics


Barbara J. Fields
Professor of History, Columbia University
Race in American Life


Herbert J. Gans
Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
The War Against the Poor and the Job Crisis


Hylan Lewis
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Brooklyn College
What's in a Name? The Semantic Politics of Poverty, Race, and Class


Frances Degen Horowitz
President, Graduate School and University Center, the City University of New York
'You Said It Would Be Safe': Children and Violence


William Julius Wilson
Lucy Flower University Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, University of Chicago
The Changing Context of Race and Poverty in Urban America


Eugene D. Genovese
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, University Center, Atlanta
The Southern Conservative Tradition


John Hope Franklin
James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History and Professor of Legal History in the Law School, Duke University
Whither American Brotherhood?


Sara Lawrence Lightfoot
Professor of Education, Harvard University
Balm in Gilead: On Love, Justice, and the Word