Harvard sociologist to talk on King’s dream vs. reality

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LEWISTON – A Harvard University professor will give a talk titled “King’s Dream, American Realities: Paradoxical Trends in the African-American Condition” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, in Chase Hall Lounge, 56 Campus Ave., Bates College.

Orlando Patterson, author of “Rituals of Blood: The Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries,” received his bachelor’s in economics from London University and his Ph.D. in sociology from the London School of Economics. After faculty appointments at the London School of Economics and the University of the West Indies, Patterson moved to Harvard in 1969 and was appointed professor the following year.

Patterson received the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award of the American Sociological Association in 1983 (The Sorokin Prize), and was co-winner of the Ralph Bunche Award of the American Political Science Association for the best scholarly work on the subject of pluralism. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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