Economic inequality in America is theme of talks

As part of the University’s Sesquicentennial celebration, Mark R. Rank, Ph.D., the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, is hosting a lecture series titled “Exploring the Impact of Economic Inequality Upon American Society.”

The series kicked off Jan. 21 with a lecture by Ichiro Kawachi, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and director of the Harvard Center for Society and Health, on “Why Inequality Is Harmful to Your Health.”

All lectures will be held at 1:10 p.m. in Brown Hall Lounge. Other talks are listed below.

• Feb. 5: Richard Rosenfeld, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will focus on “Understanding the Broader Context of American Crime.”

• Feb. 19: Thomas Shapiro, Ph.D., will address “How Wealth Perpetuates Racial Inequalities.” Shapiro is the Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management.

• March 18: Claude Fischer, Ph.D., professor in the department of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on “Where We Live: Separate and Unequal.”

• April 14: Larry May, Ph.D., professor of philosophy in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, will talk on “Exploring Our Moral and Collective Responsibilities.”

Rank plans to edit a book on economic inequality in America based on the lecture series.

The lectures are free and open to the public. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Human Values and GWB.

For more information, call Rank at 935-5694.

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