Elijah Anderson, one of the leading urban ethnographers in the country, takes an innovative turn in The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life, evaluating the potential for transformative inter-ethnic interaction in everyday public settings. He introduces the idea of the “cosmopolitan canopy” — an urban island of civility that exists amidst the ghettos, suburbs, and ethnic enclaves where segregation is the norm. Under the cosmopolitan canopy, diverse peoples come together and, for the most part, practice getting along.
Anderson will give the keynote address at the Interacting Across Differences Conference co-sponosored by the Department of Sociology, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, Dean of the Faculty, South House, Institute for Diversity and Equity, Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, Office of the President, and Office of the Provost. The Norwich Bookstore will have copies of his book on hand for purchase.
Elijah Anderson holds the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professorship in Sociology at Yale University, where he teaches and directs the Urban Ethnography Project. His most prominent works include the award-winning books Code of the Street and Streetwise. He lives in New Haven and Philadelphia.
“Vintage Elijah Anderson--original, creative, engaging, and thought-provoking… . This book is a must-read.”--William Julius Wilson, Harvard University
This lecture is free and open to the public; reservations are not needed.
Elijah Anderson, called "one of our best urban ethnographers" by the New York Times Book Review, introduces the concept of the "cosmopolitan canopy": the urban islands of civility amid segregated ghettos, suburbs, and ethnic enclaves.