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    O'Connor Lecture

    The Annual Daniel Patrick O'Connor Memorial Lecture exists to promote the principles of scholarship, research, and volunteerism in the service for social justice. The Daniel Patrick O'Connor Memorial Lectureship Endowed Fund is made possible through generous contributions from Margaret O'Connor, Michael and Kathie O'Connor, and their friends.

    2018-19 O'Connor Lecture

    Stuart DOU Cover MediumForrest Stuart

    Down, Out and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life Among the Urban Poor

    Wednesday, September 26, 2018

    Richard F. Celeste Theater
    Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
    825 N. Cascade Ave.

    Winner of the 2017 American Sociological Association Robert E. Park Award for Best Book in Community and Urban Sociology, Forest Stuart's book Down, Out and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row is a close up look at the hows and whys of policing poverty in the contemporary United States.  What emerges from Stuart's years of fieldwork is a tragedy built on mistakes and misplaced priorities. 

    In his first year working in Los Angeles's Skid Row, Forrest Stuart was stopped on the street by police fourteen times.  Usually for doing little more than standing there.

    Juliette, a woman he met during that time, has been stopped by police well over 100 times, arrested upward of 60 times, and has given up more than a year of her life serving week-long jail sentences. Her most common crime?  Simply sitting on the sidewalk - an arrestable offense in LA.

    Why?  What purpose did those arrests serve?  How did we reach a point where we've cut support for our poorest citizens, yet are spending ever more on policing and prisons?  Stuart reveals a situation where a lot of people on both sides of this issue are trying to do the right thing, yet often come up short.  Sometimes in ways that do serious harm.

    Stuart is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the College at the University of Chicago and a faculty fellow of the University of Chicago's Urban Health Initiative.  His research investigates how recent developments - specifically mass incarceration, zero-tolerance policing, digital social media, and new forms of music - have reshaped the social fabric of disadvantaged neighborhoods in the twenty-first century.

    For more information on Forrest Stuart, please visit

    Past O'Connor Lecturers

    2019 -- Forrest Stuart
    2018 -- Deyanira Aldana
    2017 -- Matthew Desmond
    2016 -- Jay MacLeod
    2015 -- Gary Snyder
    2013 -- Roberto Gonzales
    2012 -- Josh Fox
    2011 -- Reza Aslan
    2010 -- Jessica Jackley
    2009 -- Alan Weisman
    2008 -- Naomi Klein
    2007 -- Bill McKibben
    2006 -- Jim Wallis
    2005 -- Thomas Frank
    2004 -- Amy Goodman
    2003 -- Nancy Folbre
    2002 -- Nancy Fraser
    2001 -- Kevin Danaher
    2000 -- Jay MacLeod
    1999 -- Randall Kennedy
    1998 -- Jody Kretzmann
    1997 -- William Julius Wilson
    1996 -- Gary Snyder
    1994 -- Vandana Shiva
    1993 -- Richard Moore
    1992 -- Robert Bullard