Join University colleagues and community members for a morning of conversations with scholars who leverage their research to collaboratively shape public policy and develop dynamic community-based programs. Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Office for Public Engagement and Office for Diversity in Graduate Education, the event will feature a keynote address by John Wallace, professor with the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work, Katz School of Business, and Department of Sociology, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
Wallace is the principal investigator on the University of Pittsburgh Center on Race and Social Problems’ Comm-Univer-City of Pittsburgh Project, an integrated program of research, teaching, and service designed to investigate and ameliorate social problems that disproportionately impact economically disadvantaged children, families, and communities. This program includes the Homewood Children's Village. Wallace also is a coinvestigator on the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s ongoing national study of drug use among American young people, Monitoring the Future.
After his talk, Wallace will join a moderated panel of University experts including African American and African Studies Professor Rose Brewer, College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Oscar Garza, and College of Design Professor Kristine Miller in an exploration of such questions as:
Does speaking publicly on rancorous social issues affect scholarship or academic reputation?
Do community-based commitments limit a scholar’s objectivity and diminish the quality of the work?
Is activism at odds with academic conventions and institutional expectations and culture?