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    Neighborhood Crime in U.S. Urban Areas: The Role of Racial Structure

    2014 Annual Mary Jo Huth Memorial Urban Lecture

    Ruth PetersonDate: October 6, 2014

    Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm

    Location: Sears Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Jesse Philips Humanities Center

    Sponsor: Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

    More Information: 937-229-2138

    As this year’s speaker for the Annual Mary Jo Huth Memorial Urban Lecture, Dr. Ruth D. Peterson (Professor Emerita of Sociology and former Director of the Criminal Justice Research Center at The Ohio State University) will speak on "Neighborhood Crime in U.S. Urban Areas: The Role of Racial Structure." For a good portion of her career, Peterson, in collaboration with Lauren J. Krivo (Rutgers University), sought to account for observed differences in crime rates across communities of different colors. Drawing on their book Divergent Social Worlds: Neighborhood Crime and the Racial-Spatial Divide, Peterson’s presentation will report on findings from the National Neighborhood Crime Study whereby she and Krivo: (1) document the spatial locations of residence for race-ethnic groups; (2) demonstrate how this residential separation produces a racial-spatial divide in the social and economic character of racially distinct areas; and (3) explore how this divide sets the stage for the dramatic inequalities in crime observed across neighborhoods of different colors.

    The Mary Jo Huth Memorial Speaker Series is funded by the Mary Jo Huth estate. Dr. Huth (1929-2003) taught in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work from 1962 until her death in October, 2003 and served as chair from 1965 to 1970.

    This event is free and open to the public.