Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities
Penn State Stratification Conference
When: Friday and Saturday, September 12-13, 2014
Where: Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, The Pennsylvania State University (ADA Compliant)
Where people live reflects their position in society. This basic principle is implicit in the American Dream, which promises access to desirable homes, neighborhoods, and communities for those willing to work hard enough. As recent events remind us, however, effort alone does not guarantee fulfillment of the dream. Recession, natural disaster, and escalating (and plummeting) housing prices are but a few of the forces that have thwarted residential aspirations over the past decade. At the same time, discriminatory practices and preferences for living near others similar to oneself sustain longstanding divides by race and class.
The 20 papers to be presented at the conference by leading researchers highlight how stratification intersects with the residential landscape of the United States. Thematic sessions examine linkages between socioeconomic and ethnoracial statuses and four spatial sorting processes: segregation, locational attainment, residential mobility, and neighborhood change. State-of-the-art substantive research is featured, with many of the papers employing innovative methods or data to speak to issues of theoretical and policy importance.
This small, focused event provides an ideal venue for the lively intellectual exchange that questions about the relationship between residential and social inequality are likely to inspire. Both the conference schedule and the format of the sessions have been designed to encourage interaction among attendees.
Schedule of Events (all at Nittany Lion Inn)
Friday, September 12, 2014
2:30-3:00 pm – Check in at conference; beverages available, Alumni Lounge
3:00 pm –Welcome, Assembly Room
3:15-4:45 pm – Segregation Session, Assembly Room
4:45-5:30 pm – Reception, Faculty Staff Club
Saturday, September 13, 2014
8:30-9:00 pm – Check in at conference; breakfast available, Assembly Room
9:00-10:30 am—Locational Attainment Session, Assembly Room
10:45 am-12:15 pm—Residential Mobility Session, Assembly Room
12:15-1:45 pm—Luncheon, Faculty Staff Club
1:45-3:15 pm—Neighborhood Change Session, Assembly Room
3:15 pm — Conference Ends
3:30-4:00 pm— Editorial Meeting for Presenters and Co-authors, Faculty Staff Club
Generous support for the conference is provided by the American Academy of Political and Social Science and by Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts, Population Research Institute, Social Science Research Institute, and Department of Sociology and Criminology.
Conference co-organizers are Barrett Lee, Glenn Firebaugh, John Iceland, and Stephen Matthews, all Sociology faculty members at Penn State and associates of the Population Research Institute.
Parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck near the Nittany Lion Inn. Validation for free parking is available at the front desk. Please note that Penn State students are not allowed to park in the Nittany Parking Deck.
Attendees will pay for their own hotel accommodations. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Nittany Lion Inn where the conference will be held. Please refer to room block SOCI14A. Single occupancy rooms are $119 plus tax. This price is not guaranteed after August 13, 2014. Contact the Inn at 800-233-7505 or http://www.nittanylioninn.psu.edu/
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