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Andre Perry in Conversation with Amon Emeka

About The Author

Dr. Andre M. Perry is a Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. Perry has written on urban development and education for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and in his weekly column for The Hechinger Report.

About the Interviewer

Amon Emeka joined the Skidmore College in the Fall of 2013 after having spent the previous several years on the faculty at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington in 2004. His dissertation “New Blacks, New Whites, and the New Day” traced patterns of intergenerational mobility and stagnation among immigrants from the Caribbean and Europe and their U.S. born children. Since then he has lead courses and sociological studies on a variety of topics relating to demography, immigrant adaptation, and racial inequality. His research and writings have been published in scholarly journals such as International Migration Review, Social Science History, and Social Science Research and cited in popular media outlets including the New York Times. Professor Emeka teaches courses on Immigrant Adaptation, Racial Inequality, Demography, and Statistical Techniques for Social Scientists, and his latest research focusses on the experiences and achievements of African immigrants to the U.S. since 1965.

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February 16, 2021
About the Event

Saratoga Book Festival, Saratoga Springs Public Library, and Skidmore College are pleased to present this SaratogaREADS! an event featuring Dr. Andre M. Perry, Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, and author of Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities, in conversation with Dr. Amon Emeka, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the First-Year Experience at Skidmore College.

About the Book

In KNOW YOUR PRICE: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities Perry uses hard data and careful research paired with the example of his own life-story to interrogate the ways Black America can finally grasp and own its true worth. Perry takes readers on a guided tour of six Black-majority cities to review those differences and to examine the Black assets and strengths that are undervalued in those cities. Perry begins with a look at his hometown of Wilkinsburg before examining Detroit, New Orleans, Birmingham, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.—providing an intimate look at the assets from these communities.Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities Perry uses hard data and careful research paired with the example of his own life-story to interrogate the ways Black America can finally grasp and own its true worth. Perry takes readers on a guided tour of six Black-majority cities to review those differences and to examine the Black assets and strengths that are undervalued in those cities. Perry begins with a look at his hometown of Wilkinsburg before examining Detroit, New Orleans, Birmingham, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.—providing an intimate look at the assets from these communities.