Dr. Orlando Patterson

John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Dr. Orlando Patterson

Orlando Patterson, Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is a renowned expert on the culture and practices of freedom and the comparative study of slavery, ethnicity, and inequality. His numerous works include, Slavery and Social Death; Freedom in the Making of Western Culture; The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth as well as three novels. His many awards include the National Book Award for Non-Fiction; the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award of the American Sociological Association; the Jamaica Institute’s Musgrave Gold Medal in Literature, and Jamaica’s national Order of Distinction.

“The tragedy unfolding in our inner cities is a time-slice of a deep historical process that runs far back through the cataracts and deluge of our racist past.”