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Charles Perrow, Yale University professor emeritus of sociology, will speak on "Organizing America in the Nineteenth Century: Concentrating Wealth and Power through Corporations." The lecture, sponsored by Reed’s division of history and social sciences, will be held on Thursday, March 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Reed’s Vollum lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Perrow’s work on social change and organizational theory has been widely published. His scholarly work includes research on the relationships between organizations, technology, and large-scale disasters. Perrow’s recent research explores flexible production systems in Europe and Asia and the absorption of society by large corporations. His books include The AIDS Disaster: The Failure of Organizations in New York and the Nation (Yale, 1990); Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies (Princeton, 1999); and Complex Organizations: A Critical Essay (Random House, 1986).

In addition to his post at Yale, Perrow is a visiting fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Yale’s Irwin award for scholarly contribution, the Gustav Myers Center’s commendation for outstanding book on human rights, and Yale’s George R. Terry book award.

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