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Noted African-American scholar will speak on all three campuses about issues of race and inequality in America
September 7, 2016

The deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown that spawned the Black Lives Matter movement have put racial tensions in America in the spotlight. At Rutgers School of Social Work, addressing issues of race and injustice are part of the School’s core mission. To that end, and supported by the Office of Student Affairs, Dr.Larry E. Davis, dean of the School of Social Work at and the Donald M. Henderson Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will visit all three campuses this September to discuss his latest book, Why Are They Angry With Us? Race and Inequality in America

Davis, who is also the director of the Center on Race and Social Problems and Racial Diversity at Pitt, will appear in New Brunswick on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Cook Campus Center, and again from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Boyden Hall, Room 100 on the Newark campus. On Friday, Sept. 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., he will present his lecture on the Camden campus in the Student Center Multi-Purpose Room. 

The book, comprised of eight essay, looks at the core of many commonly held attitudes that contribute to racism in America. 

Marian Diksies, the Director of Student Affairs, emphasizes the value of this lecture. “The topic of race is an important one, but one that often causes discomfort when discussing. These lectures will help inform us of some of the key issues leading to racism in America. Our hope is that the events allow us to have more insightful and open dialogues about race.”

Davis was the first African- American to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan’s dual degree program in social work and psychology in 1977. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University and a master's in social work and a master's in psychology from the University of Michigan.

His professional interests include interracial group dynamics, the impact of race, gender, and class on interpersonal interactions, African American family formation, and youth.

These three events are free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. For more information, please contact  the Office of Student Affairs at 848-932-7520, ext. 3.  

To register, please visit the registration site at

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