The Hollingshead Lecture, named for former Professor and Department Chair August de Belmont (“Sandy”) Hollingshead, annually brings distinguished sociologists to campus to speak on a topic of their choosing. Previous lecturers include Andrew Abbott, Paula England, Michael Burawoy, William Julius Wilson and Mary Douglas.
On January 24, 2018 Annette Lareau gave the Hollingshead Lecture titled, “Class Cultures and Experiences of Cultural Exclusion of First-Generation College Students.” Lareau is the Stanley I. Sheerr Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has done qualitative research on social class differences in family life, parent involvement in education, and language use. She is the author or Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race and Family Life, which won distinguished publication awards from the American Sociological Associateion. She also co-edited (with Kimberly Goyette) the 2014 book Choosing Homes, Choosing Schools, which examines the factors that influence parents’ decisions about where to live and where to send their children to school. Annette Lareau is a past President of the American Sociological Association.