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Community Policing, Ghetto-Style: Law and Order in Chicago's Southside

Sudhir Venkatesh, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, will deliver the Sociology Department's 2008 Lemert Lecture. The Lecture will take place Thursday, April 17, 2008 and begins at 4:00 p.m. at the International House. A reception will follow.

Professor Venkatesh is the widely acclaimed and award-winning author of OFF THE BOOKS: THE UNDERGROUND ECONOMY OF THE URBAN POOR (Harvard University Press), an ethnographic study of illegal economies in Chicago. His first book, AMERICAN PROJECT: THE RISE AND FALL OF A MODERN GHETTO, explored the social organization, moral universe, and history of a Chicago housing development, The Robert Taylor Homes. His new book, GANG LEADER FOR A DAY: A ROGUE SOCIOLOGIST TAKES TO THE STREETS, is a reported memoir and has been lauded as “fascinating research of a brilliant young sociologist” by William Julius Wilson, a “gripping retelling” of Venkatesh’s experiences in the Robert Taylor Homes by Jesse Jackson, and an “absolutely incredible book” by Freakonomics
author Steven Levitt. Barbara Ehrenreich adds that “I couldn't stop reading, and ended up loving this brave, reckless young scholar, as well as the gang leader J.T., who has to be one of the greatest characters ever to emerge from something that could be called sociological research."

Don't miss what is sure to be a fascinating and provocative talk!