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The Policy Lab Common Read with Professor Carla Shedd of Columbia University

Event time: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 3:00pm through 4:30pm
Luce Hall (LUCE), Auditorium
34 Hillhouse Ave.
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 


The Policy Lab’s inaugural “Common Read,” will bring together members of the Yale and New Haven community to read, discuss, and debate a new book on a policy related topic. Our inaugural book for the Common Read is Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice by Professor Carla Shedd of Columbia University. In Unequal City, Shedd uses the experiences of youth, particularly their interactions with teachers, police, and parents, to uncover how they shape adolescents’ perceptions of themselves and their wider social worlds. The panel of discussants will include representatives from New Haven public schools and the larger community, as well as a faculty member. Panelists to be announced shortly.

Undergrads interested in attending a “book club” prior to the event, please reach out to Gregory Pollard ( and Katherine McCabe (

Limited copies of Unequal City are available through The Policy Lab. Email to inquire about a copy.

Carla Shedd is an assistant professor of sociology and African American studies at Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests focus on: crime and criminal justice; race and ethnicity; law and society; social inequality; and urban sociology. Shedd is passionate about illuminating the plight of urban adolescents who each day confront the paradoxes of: a school system that can work to educate or criminalize them; a police department that can work to protect or harass them; and a justice system that can work to rehabilitate or damage them further.

Open to: 
General Public
Katherine McCabe