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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
August 30, 2005

Carnegie Mellon's CAUSE Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Conference To Examine Modern African American Life

PITTSBURGH—The Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University will hold a conference Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in celebration of the center's 10th anniversary. The conference, titled "African Americans and the Post- Industrial Age: New Challenges of Urban History and Policy-Making," will feature some of America's most distinguished scholars of the black experience.

Lawrence D. Bobo, professor of sociology at Stanford University, will deliver the keynote address, "African Americans, Cities, and Policy-Making in a New Age," at 6 p.m. Sept. 30. Bobo, the director of Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, is the co-author of "Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations"; "Racialized Politics: The Debate about Racism in America"; and "Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles." All conference events will take place at Carnegie Mellon in Hamburg Hall 1000, and the conference is free and open to the public.

CAUSE aims to link the historian's interest in race, work and economic change over time with contemporary analyses of politics, the urban labor force and employment policies. It develops programs of graduate and postdoctoral training, scholarly research, data collection, publications and education. Joe Trotter, head of the History Department and the Mellon Professor of History, is the director of CAUSE.

"CAUSE has played an especially strong role in facilitating the publication of a variety of books and essays by students, faculty members and other scholars, and in building connections between Carnegie Mellon and the greater Pittsburgh community," Trotter said.

During the conference, CAUSE will announce plans for a new multi-year oral history project on African Americans in the city of Pittsburgh since World War II. This project will collect and preserve the memories of the first and second post-World War II generations of African Americans through recordings of their oral recollections as they entered the work force, started families, built communities and waged struggles against inequality.

"CAUSE is a prime example of Carnegie Mellon's applied humanities research, and this conference is a testament to the quality of its scholarship," said John Lehoczky, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon. "The collaborative relationships that CAUSE has built with other universities and in the community have proven invaluable to Carnegie Mellon."


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