Lives of Color: Race-Ethnicity & the Life Course

When Jun 12, 2017 08:00 AM to
Jun 14, 2017 05:00 PM
Where Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, University Park, PA
Contact Name
Contact Phone (814) 863-6436
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A Conference on “Lives of Color: Race-ethnicity and the Life Course” will be held June 12-14, 2017 in University Park, Pennsylvania at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The conference is sponsored by the Center for Life Course and Longitudinal Studies (C2LS), a collaboration between the Department of Sociology and the College of the Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University.  More information about our Center and some of our past C2LS workshops and conferences can be found at the C2LS website.

The recent resurgence of interest across the social sciences in the childhood origins of later life health and risks of mortality prompts attention to the broader question of the nature of the life course for racial and ethnic communities. Racial and ethnic disparities occur throughout the life span, and some of these disparities result in clear differences in the social worlds of racial-ethnic groups. In this regard, the events of the past five years concerning the lives of young minority group members have stimulated social scientists to seek a deeper understanding of what’s going on in our society with respect to race-ethnicity and the development of lives. The confluence of these trends convinces us that by using a life course lens on racial and ethnic disparities in social life, we can better understand some of these observed patterns and processes and, in turn, better inform the society in which we live. With these objectives in mind, we will gather a group of scholars who work on race-ethnic issues at various stages in the life course, from birth through childhood, to adolescence, midlife and older age. Our goal is to develop a broader view of racial-ethnic disparities across the entire life span.

Over the 2 days of the conference, the presentations will provide a basis for thought and discussion regarding how life course theories can further our understanding of “lives of color,” in combination with the development of innovative research approaches and methodology. Our aim is to advance knowledge about the interplay of social structures and institutionalized aspects of the life course that differentially affect people of color. We are especially keen on understanding some of the unique differences in the lives of minority and disadvantaged groups, and through our discussions we hope to broaden our understanding of the diversity of human lives. Registration is free and open for Penn State Faculty and Students.


Monday, June 12th

6:00- 7:00 PM

Registration and Welcome Reception

Penn Stater Dean's Hall

7:00- 9:00 PM

Conference Dinner

Penn Stater Dean's Hall

Tuesday, June 13th

8:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Conference Proceedings

Penn Stater Room 107

6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Dinner hosted by Duane Alwin and Linda Wray

Location Disclosed upon Registration

Wednesday, June 14th

8:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Conference Proceedings

Penn Stater Room 107

Conference Registration Form

Contact , Administrative Assistant, with interest in attending the conference.

Organizing Committee

Duane F. Alwin, Penn State University
S. Michael Gaddis, Penn State University
Molly Martin, Penn State University
Linda Wray, Penn State University


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