This panel considers the historical connections between race and the American inner
city in a secular sense and then explore Mormonism's intersections with race and the
urban environment now and in the future. Watch the panel in its entirety here:
W. PAUL REEVE, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY (UofU)
THOMAS SUGRUE recently joined New York University as Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History after twenty-four years at the University of Pennsylvania. Educated at Columbia, Cambridge, and Harvard, he is a twentieth-century U.S. historian who has published on a wide range of topics, including the history of American cities, civil rights, liberal and conservative politics, labor, ethnicity, race, and public policy. He is past president of the Urban History Association and the Social Science History Association, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of American Historians, and an inaugural Carnegie Fellow. Sugrue’s first book, The Origins of the Urban Crisis won the Bancroft Prize in History, the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History, and the President’s Book Award of the Social Science History Association, and the Urban History Association Prize for Best Book in North American Urban History. His second book, Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North is the first comprehensive history of the African American freedom struggle outside the South. It was a Main Selection of the History Book Club and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History. Sugrue is also author of Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race (Princeton University Press, 2010), which grew out of the 2009 Lawrence Stone Lectures at Princeton. Sugrue’s newest book (with Glenda Gilmore) is These United States: A Nation in the Making, 1890 to the Present (W.W. Norton, 2015).
DR. RAM A. CNAAN is a Professor and Director, Program for Religion and Social Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice. He is the Faculty Director the Goldring Reentry Initiative which works to reduce recidivism. He is also a Global Eminent Scholar at Kyung Hee University Graduate Institute of Peace, South Korea. Professor Cnaan is the past president of ARNOVA (Association for Research on nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary action). He is the originator of the first practice degree in social work (DSW) which is now in its 8th year and replicated by more than 10 schools. He received his doctorate degree from the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, and his B.S.W. and M.S.W. from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Professor Cnaan has published numerous articles in scientific journals on a variety of social issues and serves on the editorial boards of ten academic journals. He is the author or editor of eight books including: The Other Philadelphia Story: How Local Congregations Support Quality of Life in Urban America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006). He is considered an international expert in the areas of faith-based social care, volunteering, prisoners’ reentry, and social policy. He lectures widely and teaches regularly in four countries. Currently, professor Cnaan works on three new books: one on religious organization and society; one on innovative nonprofit organizations; and one family history.
JACOB S. RUGH is an Assistant Professor in the department of sociology Brigham Young University. Raised on Chicago’s South Side in both segregated Woodlawn and more integrated Hyde Park, his childhood traced the growth and diversification of his church congregation from a small branch in the late 1970s to a thriving, majority-minority ward by the 1990s. Black leaders such as Cathy Stokes and Hattie and Victor Soil cared for him in nursery, presided on the stand, served with his parents, and left a lifetime impression on his ideals of faith, the universality of the gospel, and the moral imperative of racial equality. He and his wife have also served in Harlem, New York and in a Spanish-speaking congregation in central New Jersey. As a result of living on both sides of America’s color line, Dr. Rugh strives to forge a more racially integrated and just society by focusing his research and teaching on racial segregation in housing, discrimination in lending, and contemporary immigration. His research has been published in the American Sociological Review, Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, Social Forces, and several other peer-reviewed journals. His findings on racial segregation and the foreclosure crisis were highlighted in a recent influential article in The Atlantic magazine, “The Case for Reparations,” by award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates. He has served as an expert in multiple fair lending cases; his research has been integral to a recent successful settlement in a key civil rights housing case on behalf of victims of discrimination. Most recently, Dr. Rugh helped plan and participated in two path-breaking panel discussions on race in the LDS Church and understanding racial tensions as part of Black History Month at BYU. Dr. Rugh received his Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Princeton University.
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