Here's something interesting for Wednesday evening: Sudhir Venaktesh will be speaking at Siena.
Sudwho? Venkatesh is a sociologist who's done some interesting work about inner cities. His most recent book, Gang Leader for a Day, is about what he learned after embedding himself in a Chicago neighborhood the cops said was "too dangerous" for them. From a blurb:
In Hollywood-speak, Gang Leader for a Day is The Wire meets Harvard University. It's a brazen, page turning, and fundamentally honest view into the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, often corrupt struggle to survive in what is tantamount to an urban war zone. It is also the story of a complicated friendship between Sudhir and JT-two young and ambitious men a universe apart.
He's also studied the economics of inner cities.
Venkatesh's talk starts at 7:30 pm in Siena's Key Auditorium. It's free.
photo: Sudhir Venkatesh
Siena's Key Auditorium
515 Loudon Rd
Loudonville, NY 12211
The Key Auditorium is in the Roger Bacon building (campus map).
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