Rosenberg Forum

About Dr. Morris Rosenberg

Morris Rosenberg was born in New Yor City on May 6, 1922.  He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1946 and M.A. (1950) and Ph.D. (1953) from Columbia University.  He began his career as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Cornell University in 1955, and moved to the Laboratory on Socio-environmental Studies of the National Institute of Mental Health in 1957.  He re-entered the academic world in 1974 as Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974, and joined the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1975, where he taught until his death in 1992. 

Professor Rosenberg served as President of the District of Columbia Sociological Society (DCSS [1967-68]), the Eastern Sociologycal Society (ESS [1987-88]), and the Sociological Research Association (1990-91), and as Vice-President of the American Sociological Association (ASA [1984-85]).

His important books include Society and the Adolescent Self-Image, The Logic of Survey Analysis, Black and White Self-Esteem, Conceiving the Self, and The Unread Mind.  He was the recipient of the ASA AWard for Distinguised Contribution to Scholarship, the Cooley-Mead Award of the ASA Section on Social Psychology, the Stuart A. Rice Award of the DCSS, and the ESS Merit Award. 

About the Rosenberg Forum

The Morris Rosenberg Memorial Lectureship was established in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland to pay tribute to the scholarly contributions made by Dr. Rosenberg.  The lectureship brings emninent sociologists to campus each year who have made substantial scholarly cotnributions to the discipline.  The inaugural Rosenberg Lecture was given by Charles Tilly in October 1999.  Since then, the Lectureship has brought some of the most prominent sociologists to speak to UMD Sociology community. 

Past Rosenberg Forum Lecturers

1999Charles Tilly"Collective Struggles With, About, and For Identities"
2000Neil Smelser"Looking at Social Structure & Culture in the 21st Century"
2001Sheldon Stryker 
2002Alejandro Portes 
2003Paula England 
2004Jill Quaddagno 
2005Michael Burawoy 
2006Troy Duster"A Post-Genomic Surprise: The Molecular Reinscription of Race"
2007

Melvin Kohn

Carmi Schooler   

Len Pearlin

"Social Structure & Personality in Transitional China: A Preliminary Report of an Ongoing Study"

"How Those Who HAve, Thrive: Mechanisms Underlying the Well Being of the Socially, Psychologically, and Bioligically Privileged in Later Life"

"The Stress Process and Beyond"

2008Ann Swidler"Politics & the Global Social Imaginary: Responses to AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa"
2009Sudhir Venkatesh"Law & Order in the Urban Ghetto"
2010Mary Waters"Five Years AFter Hurricane Katrina: What Recovery Looks Like for Survivors"
2011Randall Collins"Informalization of Manners and Self-Presentation, and How to Explain It"
2012Dalton Conley"Opening the Black Box of Biology to Estimate the Social: Gene-Environment Interaction Effects"
2013Annette Lareau"Housing, Schools, and the Maintenance of Inequality: How Upper-Middle Class Parents Can Afford to be Nonchalant"
2014Julia Adams"Routes of Modernity"
2015Michael Hout"Causal Inference from 3-wave Panels: Modeling Americans' Attitude Change During and Since the Great Recession, 2006-2014"
2017Andrew Cherlin"The Economy, the Family, and Working-Class Discontent"