Join us for the 2019 Theodore Allen Lecture on Race and Class in Today’s America:

Thursday, April 4

1:30-5 pm

Student Activities Center

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

3:00-5:00 PM, Student Activities Center

Professors Stephanie Kelton, L’Heurex Lewis-McCoy, Darrick Hamilton, and Robert Kelchen

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

Discussants include:

R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy is an associate professor in the Sociology of Education program in the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science and Humanities at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. His central line of research concentrates on educational inequality particularly focused on the intersecting roles of race, class, and place. His first book, Inequality in the Promised Land: Race, Resources, and Suburban Schooling examined the experiences of low income and racial minority families’ attempts at accessing school-related resources in an affluent suburb. He is currently fielding a multi-site ethnographic study in Westchester County that examines residents’ experiences with housing and schools. His larger research interests include race and racism, gender justice, and community mobilization. His research has appeared in multiple edited volumes and academic journals such as Urban Education, American Educational Research Journal, and Ethnic & Racial Studies. He is a frequent media contributor and public speaker. His insights have been included in Ebony Magazine, The Grio, The Root, US World News Report and on channels such as CNN and Al Jazeera.  Prior to joining NYU Steinhardt, he held an appointment as an associate professor of Sociology and Black Studies at the City College of New York – CUNY and was a member of the doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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 includeAtlanta 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.

Stephanie Kelton is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice and Policy and the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook. Her research areas include monetary policy, employment policy, public finance, international finance, and European monetary integration.  A well-known policy expert, she has served as Chief Economist of the US Senate Budget Committee and as Senior Economic Advisor to the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders. She continues as chair of the Board of Economists for Peace and Security. In 2016, POLITICO recognized her as one of the 50 people across the country who is most influencing the political debate.

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