Carnegie Mellon University

20th Anniversary Events

In 2015, Carnegie Mellon University celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE). Over the past two decades, our speakers series and conferences brought nearly 150 leading scholars of the black urban experience to Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh region. The Center’s postdoctoral program supported the scholarship of seventeen fellows over the past twenty years. Fellows spent an entire year at the Center carrying out research on book-length projects. CAUSE-supported research projects resulted in the publication of over a dozen books and numerous scholarly essays in professional journals and edited volumes.

Moreover, the Center’s recent international conference on Global Black Power as well as three earlier national conferences reinforced CAUSE’s contributions to scholarship and publications in the field of African American urban history and social policy. Featuring cutting edge research on questions of race, cities, and socioeconomic change in 20th century America, the Center’s innovative conferences alone established the intellectual foundation for the publication of three agenda-setting publications (2004, 2009, and 2012) on different aspects of the black urban experience.

Building upon the research, publications, and public service activities of CAUSE over the past twenty years, we held a series of activities to mark 20 years of scholarship on the black experience.

Fall 2015

October 2-4, 2015
CAUSE 20th Anniversary Conference

October 15, 2015
An Evening with Bob Moses: Educator and Civil Rights Activist

November 20, 2015
Film Screening event: (T)ERROR

December 3, 2015
13th Amendment Symposium

Spring 2016

February 5-6, 2016
Perspectives on African Americans in Pittsburgh: 20 Years Later

March 18, 2016
Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women's History

April 22-23, 2016
Conference - "Looking forward: Forging a New Agenda for CAUSE"

April 29, 2016
CAUSE Postdoctoral Fellow Lecture