New York University’s Department of Sociology will host a series of public dialogues beginning Mon., April 3. All dialogues, which are free and open to the public, begin at 5 p.m. and are held on the fourth floor of the Puck Building (295 Lafayette St., at Houston). They will be moderated by NYU Sociology Professor Craig Calhoun, who is also president of the Social Science Research Council.

The events are free and open to the public, which may call 212.998.8341 for more information. Reporters interested in attending should contact James Devitt, Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or

Subway lines: B, D, F, V [Broadway-Lafayette]; 6 [Spring].

  • April 3: Urban Preparedness, Urban Risk Eric Klinenberg, Associate Professor of Sociology, New York University, and author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago Andrew Lakoff, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego, and author of Pharmaceutical Reason: Knowledge and Value in Global Psychiatry
  • April 10: Darfur, Disaster and Diplomacy Alex de Waal, Director, Justice Africa, and author of Darfur: Short History of a Long War and Famine that Kills
  • April 24: The Great Risk Shift: Privatization and Inequality Jacob Hacker, Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University, and author of The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Benefits in the United States
  • April 27: Risk and Poverty through the Life-Course Katherine Newman, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University, and author of Falling from Grace: Downward Mobility in the Age of Affluence

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