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News Release

April 4, 2007


Lisa Trei, News Service: (650) 725-0224,

Conference on race, inequality and incarceration

Scholars from around the country will meet at Stanford on Wednesday, April 11, for an "intellectual summit" to discuss the causes, meanings and effects of racial disproportion in the U.S. criminal justice system. The conference will take place in Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, at 616 Serra St. It is free and open to the public, but participants must register in advance. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, the Stanford Criminal Justice Center and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality. For more information, visit

Conference agenda

9 a.m. Coffee and Registration

9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:30 a.m. "The Numbers: Their Causes and Meanings"


Marc Mauer, executive director, The Sentencing Project, Washington, D.C.

Steven Raphael, professor of public policy, University of California-Berkeley

Geoff Ward, assistant professor of criminal justice, Northeastern University

11 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. "Prisoner Status and Racial Stereotypes: Political and Cultural Causes and Cures"


Lawrence Bobo, professor of sociology, Stanford University

Jonathan Hurwitz, professor of political science, University of Pittsburgh

Mark Peffley, professor of political science, University of Kentucky

12:45 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Address: Theodore M. Shaw, director-counsel and president, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc.

2 p.m. "The Social Sciences Meet Legal Institutions"


Katherine Beckett, associate professor of sociology, University of Washington

Jennifer Eberhardt, associate professor of psychology, Stanford University

Tracey Meares, professor of law, Yale Law School

Robert Weisberg, professor of law, Stanford Law School

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. "The Ecology of Incarceration"


Becky Pettit, assistant professor of sociology, University of Washington

Chris Uggen, professor of sociology, University of Minnesota

Bruce Western, professor of sociology, Princeton University

5:15 p.m. Closing Remarks



Kara Dansky, Stanford Criminal Justice Center: (650) 724-5786,

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