Oct. 22: The Great Migration from a Demographic Perspective - How and Why the Diaspora Occurred

Where: Olin 130

When: Monday, October 22, 7:00 PM



Using the tools and perspective of demography, Professor Stewart Tolnay of the University of Washington will discuss the causes of the Great Migration between 1915 and 1970, during which millions of Americans left the South for the North and West.  He will examine the characteristics of the migrants and their impact on northern and western cities, and will assess how the migrants fared in their new locations.

Stewart E. Tolnay is S. Frank Miyamoto Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington.  He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington in 1981 and has held previous faculty appointments at the University of Georgia and the University of New York at Albany. He has authored such books as A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, 1882-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 1995) and The Bottom Rung: African American Family Life on Southern Farms (University of Illinois Press, 1999). Tolnay currently serves as Editor of Demography, the official journal of the Population Association of America.

This event is part of a series of events addressing major themes from this year'sSummer Read Program book selection, “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson.

Sponsored by the Office of the President