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The Inaugural James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Lecture in Economic Inequality explores the relationship between rising inequality and changing structures of political conflict, from class-based to identity-based. 

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March 27, 2018

$2.5M Gift from the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation Will Enhance Efforts to Address Wealth Concentration and Inequality

The Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy has received a $2.5 million gift from the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation to support new and ongoing work to address wealth concentration and the broader problems of inequality. The gift supports the research and outreach efforts at the Center's Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, which serves as a nexus for work on inequality across the university.

The gift funds doctoral students who are drawn from across Harvard University graduate schools and working on cutting-edge issues across the social sciences. In addition, it has been used to establish the Stone Senior Scholars program­­ which brings together 12 leading scholars of inequality who will contribute to a vibrant scholarship on issues relating to top-end inequality, economic opportunity, and public policy through visiting lectures and events.

The gift also established the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Lecture, a series of public lectures designed to bring greater awareness to this important challenge. The Inaugural Stone Lecture was delivered by renowned economist Thomas Piketty on March 30 at Harvard Kennedy School’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. Read the full HKS announcement

Related Links:
Read the press coverage in The Harvard Crimson
Watch the Inaugural James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Lecture with Thomas Piketty
Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy