We invite you to attend Dr Tillotson's presentation of The Pittsburgh Study: Towards a Trans-Racial Model of Civic Engagement. The presentation will take place on Saturday, June 2, from 10am to noon.
In 2017, University of Pittsburgh professor Michael Tillotson conducted a survey at two local Pittsburgh churches – our own First Unitarian Church and the Rodman Street Baptist Church in East Liberty. Having analyzed the data, Dr. Tillotson would now like to present the results of his study. This accessible, non-technical
presentation will take place on Saturday, June 2, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Here is Dr. Tillotson’s description of his work:
“This study assessed whether the allocentric (communal) worldview can be a vehicle to bring black and white communities together in terms of the forward advancement of egalitarian civic engagement. This study reveals whether there are similarities or differences in worldview reflected in predominately black and predominately white churches in a major American city. This study also sought to determine if the church can assume its historical role as a site of social responsibility and human agency. Historically, the church has been an institution where individuals of all faiths have come together in the past and this work sought to test if it’s possible for the church to re-capture this role in this contemporary moment. Can the allocentric worldview be used as a congealing vehicle to bring together people to advance an egalitarian ideal in the 21st century? This implication is important because this study is investigating the reality of current public discourse which portends that black Americans should protest more and some white Americans should privilege less, which has polarized these two communities. This study sought to test if racialized identity formations can be emphasized less and the allocentric worldview be emphasized more to reduce the existing polarity between these two groups in terms of developing a forward thrust towards egalitarian reform. It is this study’s expectation that to the degree black and white congregations share allocentric worldview that there may be a way around this polarization toward a blending of energies in the pursuit of electoral egalitarian reform and civic engagement.”
Michael Tillotson is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.