The Science & Society Distinguished Public Talks Series presents, "Dealing with Danger: How Inner City Youth Cope with the Violence that Surrounds Them," a talk with Howard Pinderhughes on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. A meet and greet will also be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the UNM Conference Center located at 1634 University Blvd., NE. Plenty of free parking is available.

An associate professor and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, Pinderhughes' research examines race relations among youth, the causes and consequences of youth violence, the dynamics of adolescent relationship violence and the role of race and ethnicity in the production of health disparities.

He is the author of Race in the Hood: Conflict and Violence Among Urban Youth, a study of racial attitudes among youth and racial violence in New York City. He has developed comprehensive violence prevention plans for San Francisco and Alameda Counties and is the director of Education for the Center on Culture, Immigration and Youth Violence Prevention.

In this lecture, Pinderhughes will examine how youth violence is mass-produced in American society and examines the profound effects that exposure to violence has on inner city youth. The lecture presents a theoretical framework on the social production of violence in the United States.

The presentation also uses pictures and popular cultural music in a multimedia presentation about the causes and consequences of inner city youth violence. The talk is both a scientific and moving presentation of one of the most persistent and troubling social problems in contemporary US society.

The talk is a unique presentation that combines both quantitative and qualitative data from Pinderhughes' research over the last 15 years on violence among youth in Oakland and San Francisco, Calif.