March 22: Allen Lecture and Higher Ed Panel

2 PM, Wang Center Lecture Hall 2 (overflow in Wang Center Chapel):

Join us for the 2018 Theodore Allen Lecture on Race and Class in Today’s America:

The Subaltern Middle Class

by Dr. William A. Darity, Samuel DuBubois Cook Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University

Dr. William Darity’s presentation will explore the characteristics of the middle-class in marginalized communities.

Dr. William A. Darity

Dr. Darity’s research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial achievement gap, North-South theories of trade and development, skin shade and labor market outcomes, the economics of reparations, the Atlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution, the history of economics, and the social psychological effects of exposure to unemployment.  He received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award in 2012 from the National Economic Association, the organization’s highest honor. He is a past president of the National Economic Association and the Southern Economic Association.  He has published or edited 12 books, including Economics, Economists, and Expectations: Microfoundations to Macroapplications (Routledge, 2004) (co-authored with Warren Young and Robert Leeson) and the latest edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (Macmillan Reference, 2008), as Editor in Chief.  He has published more than 210 articles in professional journals, including “The Political Economy of Education, Financial Literacy, and the Racial Wealth Gap,” (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, January 2017) and The Role of Race, Ethnicity and Tribal Enrollment on Asset Accumulation: an Examination of American Indian Tribal Nations (Ethnic and Racial Studies. September 2017) .

This lecture series honors Theodore Allen, an intellectual and activist who wrote the seminal The Invention of the White Race (2 vol.’s, Verso 1994, 1997), which began as a pamphlet entitled “Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery” (Hoboken Education Project and New England Press, 1976; republished in 2006 by Center for Study of Working Class Life, SUNY Stony Brook [to which our current center owes its origins]).

Dr. Darity’s Talk will be followed by a

Roundtable on Higher Education in an Age of Inequality

3:30-5:00PM, Wang Center Lecture Hall 2 (overflow in Wang Center Chapel)

Professors Stephanie Kelton, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Darrick Hamilton, and Robert Kelchen


Moderator: Stephanie Kelton, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Stony Brook University

Discussants include:

Tressie McMillan Cottom, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and author of Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (2017, the New Presswhich has received national and international acclaim.  She is co-editor of two volumes on technological change, inequality and institutions: Digital Sociologies (2016, UK Bristol Policy Press) and For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education (2017, Palgrave MacMillan).  Professor Cottom serves on dozens of academic and philanthropic boards and publishes widely on issues of inequality, work, higher education and technology. You can read more at

Darrick Hamilton, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the New School, a stratification economist who is immediate past president of the National Economic Association (NEA), an associate director of the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics Program, an associate director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, and co-principal investigator of the National Asset Scorecard in Communities of Color Project (NASCC).  Professor Hamilton’s work focuses on the causes, consequences and remedies of racial and ethnic inequality in economic and health outcomes, which includes an examination of the intersection of identity, racism, colorism, and socioeconomic outcomes.  He has authored numerous scholarly articles on socioeconomic stratification in education, marriage, wealth, homeownership, health (including mental health), and labor market outcomes.  He has written many articles/opinion-editorials, which include the translation of his research findings from academic journals to popular press publication, examples include Atlanta Journal Constitution The American Prospect, Axios, the Christian Science MonitorDissent Magazine, Jacobin Magazine, the New York TimestheGrio, the Huffington Post, the Washington Monthly, the Washington Post, and Yes! Magazine.

Robert Kelchen is an assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy at Seton Hall University. His research interests include higher education finance, accountability policies, and student financial aid. He has recent articles published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, The Journal of Higher Education, and the Journal of Education Finance. His first book, Higher Education Accountability, is now available through Johns Hopkins University Press. His work as a methodologist for Washington Monthly magazine’s annual college rankings won an award for best data journalism from the Education Writers Association. He is frequently quoted in the media, including The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Politico. Professor Kelchen holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Truman State University, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

5:00PM: Reception in the Wang Center Chapel




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