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NYU Sociology Professor to Lecture about the Nature of Race

Ann Morning, associate professor of sociology at New York University, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

The title of Morning’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “The Nature of Race: Investigating Concepts of Human Difference.”

Her talk is sponsored by W&L’s Mudd Center for Ethics and is the first lecture in W&L’s 2014-2015: Race and Justice in America, a year-long interdisciplinary symposium.

Her doctoral thesis was a co-recipient of the American Sociological Association’s 2005 Dissertation Award and was published in 2011 by the University of California Press with the title “The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference.” She is also the author or co-author of over 18 articles.

During the academic year 2014-15, Morning will be a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City. She is currently a member of the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations.

Morning was the recipient of a 2008-09 Fulbright research award to visit the University of Milan-Bicocca and has consulted on racial statistics for the European Commission in Brussels. She was a member of the National Academies of Science 2007-2011 Standing Committee on Research and Evidentiary Standards.

She holds a B.A. in economics and political science from Yale University, an M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University.

The annual Mudd Distinguished Lecture in Ethics on Oct. 1 brings to W&L Charles Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and director of the Charles Hamilton Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard University.