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Reed Smith LLP Spring 2018 Speaker Series: Special Presentation – No Way Out
February 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
No Way Out:
Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty
Waverly Duck, PhD
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
12:00 pm in the Cathedral of Learning
Q & A to follow
The Center on Race and Social Problems announces its next speaker series lecture featuring Dr. Waverly Duck of the University of Pittsburgh.
Below is an excerpt from Dr. Duck’s book, No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty and Drug Dealing:
“Although the United States has elected an African American president and the civil rights bill was passed more than fifty years ago, poor persons of color in many of our cities find themselves increasingly poor and racially isolated. On a street notorious for its thriving drug trade in an economically depressed and predominantly black city, I asked long-term residents how they felt about their neighborhood and why they stayed. Mrs. Wells, a seventy-eight-year-old African American, replied: “You know what, in a way it sounds crazy, but I feel protected. A lot [of] people who have moved out of the neighborhood have gotten broken in on, robbed. Here, I feel protected. As bad as it seems out there with the drugs and things, I feel protected. Because the guys out there with the drugs and things were out there doing their thing. They weren’t going to break in on you and they weren’t going to let no one else break in on you. Here I feel protected.” That paradoxical response was typical rather than exceptional. In this community, the drug dealers are not outsiders but long-term residents who are well integrated into community life and protect it as their own.”
No registration required; limited seating is available
20th Floor Conference Center
2017 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
Contact Center Administrative Assistant at 412-624-7382 with any questions.
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