November 1, 2017 at 11:45 pm

Wealth and Poverty Week on Urban Challenges | ‘School to Prison Pipeline’ Narrative, Nov. 2

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The Wealth and Poverty theme hosts Wealth and Poverty Week on Urban Challenges, featuring Dr. Daniel Moak discussing “Class Absence: A Critical Look at the ‘School to Prison Pipeline’ Narrative,” on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Alden 319.

For the first time in human history, the majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas. The rapid global urbanization presents both challenges and opportunities in fostering inclusive, competitive, and environmentally sustainable cities. The Wealth and Poverty Week on Urban Challenges brings the Ohio University community together to discuss pressing challenges in our cities and look for ways to achieve a more sustainable and just urban future.

Dr. Daniel Moak, standing outside with greenery

Dr. Daniel Moak

Moak is Assistant Professor of African American Studies. His research examines the historical role of race in structuring American political institutions, with a particular focus on the education and criminal justice system. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.


Abstract: A substantial body of literature documenting the “school-to-prison-pipeline” identifies the adverse effects of punitive school discipline policies and how they have increased the contact students have with the juvenile justice system. While many have documented the role that schools play in increasing the reach and punitiveness of the justice system, less attention has been paid to the related conditions underlying punitiveness in both the education system and the justice system. A wider scope of analysis exposes the larger political and structural factors that contribute to inequitable and harsh punishment levied at youth, beyond the overly simplistic blame placed on “failing schools.”

This Wealth and Poverty talk is open to the public.  Please contact Yeong Kim at for further details on this event.


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Wealth and Poverty Week on Urban Challenges

Monday, Oct. 30 – Ted Strickland (former Governor of Ohio), “Restoring the American Dream and Securing a Stable American Democratic Society,” 3-4 p.m. at Alden 319

Tuesday, Oct. 31 – Smoki Musaraj (Sociology and Anthropology), “Construction, Corruption, and Concrete: Lamenting Betonizim (Concrete-ization) in Albanian Cities,” 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Alden 319

Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Matthew Layton (Political Science), “Perceptions of the Challenges of Urban Living in Latin America,” 1-2 p.m. at Alden 319

Thursday, Nov. 2 – Daniel Moak (African American Studies), “Class Absence: A Critical Look at the ‘School to Prison Pipeline’ Narrative,” 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Alden 319

Friday, Nov. 3 – Bernadette Hanlon (City and Regional Planning, Ohio State Univ), “Is Suburban Poverty Unique? Comparing Urban and Suburban Poverty in the United States,” 3-4 p.m. at Alden 318


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