Dr. Carl Taylor Featured in DPTV Special & Introduced Ta-Nehisi Coates During His Visit to MSU

Dr. Carl Taylor, a professor in the Department of Sociology,  was recently featured in Detroit Public TV’s, DPTV, one hour special entitled “Pathways to Prison: a One Detroit Special Report”. 

The special explores the forces leading to imprisonment and its role in Michigan, as it has one of the highest incarceration rates.  In the special, Dr. Taylor expresses the importance of resiliency in at-risk youth’s lives before they become an adolescent.  He also stresses that education at a young age is very important for youths in order to decrease the likelihood of becoming incarcerated and involvement in criminal activities.  Often when a youth causes disruption at school and is kicked out, this only proves to hinder their education and leaves them to pursue their learning elsewhere such as on the streets and with criminal behavior. 

Dr. Taylor is an expert in youth culture, gangs, and youth violence.  His research aims at reducing youth violence and understanding problems faced by urban neighborhoods.  Some organizations that he has worked for include the Guggenheim Foundation, the C.S. Mott Foundation, the FBI Academy, and the Children’s Defense Fund.  His research involvement with at-risk youths truly provides an example of giving back to society and communities that may need help the most.

Watch the full special here:

Also, quite recently Dr. Taylor hosted and introduced the Atlantic write Ta-Nehisi Coates during his visit to Michigan State University.  Before Coates World View Lecture, Coates spoke at the RCAH Theatre on April 3rd.  His lecture consisted of a discussion on racism promted by MSU's Project 60/50 and One Book One Community.