2012: Criminalizing the City

  • Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect

    Robert Sampson, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences and Director of the Social Sciences Program at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, will discuss his latest book, Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect. Based on one of the most ambitious studies in the history of social science, Great American City argues that communities still matter. Even national crises cannot halt the impact of place, Sampson finds, as he analyzes the consequences of the Great Recession and its aftermath, bringing his magisterial study up to the fall of 2010.

    Part of our 2012 Public Conversation Series: Criminalizing the City

  • Secure Communities: Immigration, Deportation, and Sanctuary Cities

    The Obama administration has deported more immigrants than any president ever, partly through Secure Communities and related links between federal and local law enforcement. Yet Philadelphia and many other cities have policies meant to protect unauthorized immigrants. This panel discussion will explore how cities have negotiated, collaborated, and pushed back against federal deportation programs, promoting different visions of security. Speakers will discuss the challenges and implications for cities and for immigrant and receiving communities.

    Moderated by John MacDonald, Penn Department of Criminology with Justin Steil, Columbia University; Captain Francis Healy, Special Advisor to Philadelphia's Police Commissioner; and Blanca Pacheco, Board Member of New Sanctuary Movement Philadelphia.

    Event made possible by the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund.

    Part of our 2012 Public Conversation Series: Criminalizing the City