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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Askwith Forum: Urban Neighborhoods and the Persistence of Racial Inequality

Moderator: James E. Ryan, Dean and Professor, HGSE Speaker: Patrick Sharkey, Associate Professor of Sociology, New York University Discussants: • Richard Rothstein, Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute; Senior Fellow, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, University of California-Berkeley School of Law • William Julius Wilson, Geyser University Professor, Harvard University; Director, Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program, HKS In the 1960s, many believed the civil rights movement would foster a new era of racial equality in America. However, today, racial inequality has barely changed. Sharkey argues in his book, Stuck in Place, that political decisions and social policies have led to severe disinvestment from black neighborhoods, persistent segregation, declining economic opportunities, and a growing link between African American communities and the criminal justice system. The result, he argues, is that inequality continues to be passed down generation after generation. The panelists will examine how urban policies and transformative changes in urban communities may truly help break down racial inequalities.

  • Location:
    Longfellow Hall, Askwith Hall
  • Date:
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • Time:
    5:30 PM

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