Suburban Conference to explore ‘Love, Marriage and Family in the Suburbs’

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Yale University professor, leading urban ethnographer to deliver keynote address KENNESAW, Ga. (…

Georgia (Apr 12, 2011)Yale University professor, leading urban ethnographer to deliver keynote address

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 8, 2011) —Recent census figures indicate that suburbs in major metropolitan areas in the South, including Atlanta, are rapidly integrating and becoming more racially and ethnically diverse at levels not seen in decades. The ninth annual Suburban Conference, hosted by KSU’s sociology department and criminal justice student organizations, will address these suburban trends. Experts will examine issues like the end of public housing in Atlanta and the implication for the surrounding suburbs, blighted suburban areas, dating, marriage and family relationships and homelessness in the suburbs.


Elijah Anderson, conference keynote speaker, is the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University and one of the leading urban ethnographers in the United States. His publications include “Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City” and “Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community.” Anderson’s most recent ethnographic work is titled “The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life.”



Friday, April 15, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

SocialSciences Building(SO22), KSU campus, 1000 Chastain Rd., Kennesaw, GA 30144

Parking for the media will be available in Visitor Lot
(See link to campus map for directions -

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KennesawState University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit