Clifford Clogg Memorial Lecture

When Sep 25, 2017
from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where 102 Thomas Building
Contact Name
Contact Phone 814-863-5407
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The Department of Sociology and Criminology

with the Department of Statistics

2017 Clifford C. Clogg
Memorial Lecture

Presented by


Glenn Firebaugh

Roy C. Buck

Professor Emeritus of American Institutions and Sociology and Demography, Penn State

"Where does social change come from? Or, how to decompose almost anything"



ABSTRACT: I use decomposition methods to address four questions in this talk: Why did life expectancy decline in 2015 in the United States? (Declines in life expectancy are unusual in rich countries.) Why has black residential segregation declined in the U.S. since 1980?  What accounts for the change in racial neighborhood inequality since 1980? Where does social change come from (focusing on changes in women’s voting rate in the U.S.)? I conclude by attempting to answer a fifth question: How was Cliff Clogg able to accomplish so much during an academic career that spanned less than two decades?


Monday, September 25, 2017

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

102 Thomas Building

University Park Campus


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The annual Clogg Lecture is a memorial to the academic career and scholarship of Clifford C. Clogg, who served the Departments of Sociology and Statistics at Pennsylvania State University for nearly twenty years, beginning in 1976. A Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Professor of Statistics, he enjoyed an international reputation in demography, quantitative methods and statistical analysis. In addition to his service to the University, he was recognized for his contributions to the National Science Foundation. He was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and special honors, and was a beloved colleague