Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome NYU professor and scientific director of Crime Lab New York Patrick Sharkey for a discussion of his latest book, Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence. He is joined in conversation by sociologist and Harvard University professor William Julius Wilson.
From New York’s Harlem neighborhood to South Los Angeles, Sharkey draws on original data and textured accounts of neighborhoods across the country to document the most successful proven strategies for combatting violent crime and to lay out innovative and necessary approaches to the problem of violence. At a time when crime is rising again and powerful political forces seek to disinvest in cities, the insights in this book are indispensable.
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BIO: William Julius Wilson
William Julius Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. Wilson received a Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1966. He then taught sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1972. In 1990 he was appointed the Lucy Flower University Professor and director of the University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Urban Inequality.
Joining the faculty at Harvard in 1996, Wilson studies race and urban inequalities. His most recent work is When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor. Wilson is the recipient of numerous awards, including 41 honorary degrees and the National Medal of Science.
BIO: Patrick Sharkey
Patrick Sharkey is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at New York University. He is Scientific Director at Crime Lab New York, and is affiliated with NYU's Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service. At NYU, Sharkey teaches undergraduate courses on urban policy, crime, and violence, and doctoral courses in statistics and criminology.