City Children and Their Cultures: Blacked-Out and Streetwise


April 18, 2001

Newark Museum 

The guest lecturers included Dr. Elijah Anderson, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, author of: Streetwise: Race, Class and Change in an Urban Society; and Code of the Street: Decency, Violence and the Moral Life of the Inner City.  And Dr. Signthia Fordham, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, author of: Blacked Out: Dilemmas of Race, Identity, and Success at Capital High.

About the City Children and Their Cultures series:

At the end of the Spring semester 1998 the Institute mounted, in conjunction with the Newark Public Schools, a community oriented lecture and discussion series that explored the transformation of urban youth culture in the United States over the near half-century that followed the end of World War II. Titled City Children and Their Cultures and supported by grants from the Victoria Foundation and the Schumann Fund of New Jersey, the series invited nationally recognized scholars on children to speak to and interact with a cross section of Newark parents, educators, foundation heads, and advocates for children. The objective of the two-part series was to help the major stakeholders in Newark’s youth-oriented sectors contextualize the life of the City’s youngsters, and to foster a sense of intellectual camaraderie among those stakeholders in a public setting. City Children and Their Cultures was held at the Newark Museum and was free of charge to parents, educators and the public.