Wilberforce University is pleased to announce one of the nation’s most accomplished scholars on race, inequality, and poverty, William Julius Wilson, as the 2018 Opening Convocation speaker. William Julius Wilson is considered to be one of the most influential and path-breaking social scientists of the past half-century and is a 1958 graduate of Wilberforce University. Opening Convocation will take place on Thursday, September 13th at 11:00 a.m. in with Gaston Lewis Alumni MultiPlex.
As a student at Wilberforce University, Wilson became interested in urban sociology and the politics of race. He is one of only 26 University Professors, the highest level of professional distinction awarded to a Harvard faculty member. He is currently the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. Prior to that, he was the Lucy Flower University Professor and founding director of the University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Urban Inequality.
Among his extensive list of publications and other accomplishments, Wilson has published three widely-read, controversial, landmark works of scholarship on different dimensions of race, class, and the urban poor: The Declining Significance of Race (1978), The Truly Disadvantaged (1987), and When Work Disappears (1996). Wilson is a recipient of the 1998 National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor bestowed in the United States (and only the second sociologist to receive the honor).