Grimshaw Lecture

The Allen D. and Polly S. Grimshaw Lecture

The Grimshaw Lecture was created in 2001 from a generous endowment from Allen and Polly Grimshaw. For over four decades, Allen and Polly were an important presence on the IU campus. Allen’s primary interests included social conflict and social violence and the use of language in social contexts. After Allen’s retirement in 1994 until he passed away in 2011, he remained especially active in publishing and promoting teaching about the horrors of genocide.

As the Liaison Librarian for Anthropology, Folklore, Gender Studies, and Sociology, Polly Grimshaw also played a formative role in the department and campus. One of her many legacies is an outstanding social science library collection. Polly passed away in 2006 but her, and Allen’s, many contributions to the department and IU continue through this annual event.

2018 Grimshaw Lecture

2018 Grimshaw Lecture
Michèle Lamont, Harvard University
“From ‘having’ to ‘being’: self-worth and the current crisis of American society”
Friday, December 7, 3 p.m.
IMU, President’s Room, University Club

The 2018 Allen D. and Polly S. Grimshaw Lecture was presented by Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University.

This lecture diagnoses challenges of neoliberal American society: the pitfalls of the American dream across classes, hardened group boundaries, and the need to invent new narratives of hope. Lamont’s research interests include: cultural sociology; inequality; race and immigration; comparative sociology; the sociology of knowledge; contemporary sociological theory.

A cultural and comparative sociologist, she is the author of a dozen books and edited volumes and close to one hundred articles and chapters on a range of topics including culture and inequality, racism and stigma, academia and knowledge, social change and successful societies, and qualitative methods.

The lecture was in the President’s Room, IMU University Club at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018. A reception followed the lecture.