University of California, Riverside


Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, coming January 18, 2019

Upcoming Event: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, James B. Duke Professor of Sociology at Duke University, will deliver the next Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture. The lecture will take place on January 18, 2019  in the University Theater at 11:00am. It is free of charge and open to the public.

Professor Bonilla-Silva gained visibility in the social sciences with his 1997 American Sociological Review article, “Rethinking Racism: Toward a Structural Interpretation,” where he challenged analysts to study racial matters structurally rather than from the sterile prejudice perspective. His book, Racism Without Racists (5th edition in 2017), has become a classic in the field and influenced scholars in education, religious studies, political science, rhetoric, psychology, political science, legal studies, and sociology.   

He has received many awards, most notably, the 2007 Lewis Coser Award given by the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association for Theoretical-Agenda Setting and, in 2011, the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award given by the American Sociological Association “to an individual or individuals for their work in the intellectual traditions of the work of these three African American scholars.” He served as President of the Southern Sociological Society and the American Sociological Association in 2017-2018.

About the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture

The Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series at UC Riverside launched in 2005 with the goal of facilitating a space for faculty, staff, students, and the wider community to engage in the academic life at UCR and with timely issues from a variety of disciplines. The main objectives of this series are to:

  • raise the visibility of UC Riverside as a national and global leader;
  • celebrate scholars and practitioners who have made substantial contributions to their profession and/or the larger society; 
  • engage community members in the Inland Empire around a timely, provocative topic relevant to the UCR community.

Nominees for this program should be people of national and international stature and influence who will provide a compelling presentation of broad interest to the community. Nominators should keep the more general audience in mind when recommending and planning events for the speaker, which will include at least one large public lecture or performance and a reception or other social event. It also may include opportunities to engage in seminars and other organized activities for more specialized audiences. 

CDL events will be managed by the Office of the Chancellor, in collaboration with the nominating school, college, or department, and according to campus policies, procedures, and protocols for special events.

Nomination Procedures and Selection

Nominations may be submitted by individuals or collectively by a department or other academic unit.

Nominations should be submitted via the online form for consideration in Fall 2019 and beyond.

A committee (consisting of delegates from the Provost’s office, Academic Senate leadership, University Advancement, and Staff Assembly leadership) will review the nominations and submit recommendations to the Chancellor.

Please direct questions about this process to

Previous Lectures

France Córdova, National Science Foundation Director (November 7, 2018): Lecture video

Raj Chetty, Department of Economics, Stanford University (Dec. 1, 2017): Lecture video

Joyce Carol Oates, author (Feb. 8, 2008)

Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economics (Oct. 26, 2007)

Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate in Literature (Feb. 7, 2007)

The Honorable Joseph Ghougassian, former U.S. Ambassador (April 18, 2006)

Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate (March 14, 2006)

Richard R. Schrock, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (Jan. 25, 2006)

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (April 1, 2005)

Anthony J. Leggett, Nobel Laureate in Physics (March 2, 2005)

Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate (Feb. 3, 2005)

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