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Richard J. Powell named the College Art Association's 2016 Distinguished Scholar

"In America, inequality begins in the womb" by John Komlos

May 20, 2015 at 4:22 PM EDT Editor’s note: In his last column for Making Sen$e, economist John Komlos laid out his argument for how income inequality begins at birth. In his latest piece, he broadens his explanation to include even more factors that determine a child’s future, like…
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SITPA Fellowship Call for Applications

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Duke University’s Summer Institute for Tenure and Professional Advancement (SITPA) invites applications for the SITPA Fellowship. SITPA is a mentoring and professional socialization initiative designed to facilitate the successful transition from junior faculty status to tenured associate professor for early career faculty. The underlying objective of…
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Income inequality begins at birth and these are the stats that prove it

BY JOHN KOMLOS May 4, 2015 at 3:38 PM EDT http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/plight-african-americans-u-s-2015/ Editor’s note: In this essay, Economist John Komlos argues that we must look more deeply at the recent events in cities like Baltimore, New York and Ferguson, Missouri, and consider the socioeconomic plight of young black men in…
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The Russell Sage Foundation Announces William Darity, Jr. as Visiting Scholar for 2015-16 Academic Year

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The Visiting Scholars program, now in its thirtieth year, provides a unique opportunity for scholars to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation, and is an important part of the Foundation's effort to analyze and understand the complex and shifting nature of social, political, and…
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America can be a full-employment economy once again

BY JOHN KOMLOS March 5, 2015 at 5:53 PM EST Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/america-can-be-a-full-employment-economy-once-again/ Irving Berlin was dreaming of an old-fashioned Christmas. I’m dreaming of an old-fashioned economy in which everyone has a job. I know, it was ages ago, but what are dreams for anyway? Isn’t it strange that full…
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Professor Karla FC Holloway Receives 2015 MELUS Award

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Professor Karla FC Holloway will receive the MELUS Award for Distinguished Contribution in Ethnic Studies. She is the James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University. She is a cross-disciplinary scholar also holding appointments in the School of Law, the Program in Women’s Studies, and the Department of…
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NEH Grants Awarded to AAAS (in Collaboration with the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality) and Matory's Center for African & African American Research

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded AAAS, in collaboration with the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality, a grant to conduct a three-week summer institute for secondary school teachers to be held in July 2013 on "African American Literature and Social History." Professor J. Lorand…
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Achievement Gap at Duke: Investigating the Factors Influencing the Academic Performance of Black Students

Senior Distinction Project by Dayo Oshilaja April 22, 2011 Download full paper here:
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    • Tue May 3
    • Baseball, Race, and Cultural Colonialism by Lawrence Ware
    • Baseball, Race, and Cultural Colonialismby Lawrence Ware | @Law_Ware | NewBlackMan (in Exile)As we enter a new baseball season, it's time to confront a hard truth. One, I think, that is part of why baseball is relegated to an afterthought culturally: we allow the feelings of losers to dictate the behavior of winners. This is masked behind words like sportsmanship and phrases like unwritten rules; yet, the fact remains: the culture surrounding baseball in America does
    • Tue May 3
    • Wade Davis II: The Mask of Masculinity
    • 'Wade Davis, an ex-NFL player for the Titans, Redskins, and Seahawks, shares a gripping story of growing up gay in the world of football and urges us to reconsider our definitions of "masculinity." He is the NFL's first diversity and inclusion consultant, and co-created the YOU Belong initiative and the Speaker's Collective. Davis is also a U.N. Women HeForShe Ambassador, a U.S. State Department Speaker Specialist, and the official LGBT Surrogate for President Obama.' --
    • Mon May 2
    • Monique W. Morris: How Racism and Sexism Collide to Criminalize Black Girls
    • 'Social justice scholar Monique W. Morris explores the ways implicit biases in our society - around class, sex and race - combine to push Black girls out of schools and towards the criminal legal system, and explains why educational institutions must re-examine their misunderstandings around the thoughts and actions of Black girls, and their reliance on an exclusionary discipline framework that amplifies the mistreatment of an already vulnerable group of children. Morris is author of Pushout:
    • Mon May 2
    • Bill Moyers in Conversation: Eddie Glaude Jr. on America's Racial 'Value Gap'
    • 'Democracy in Black is rich in history and bold in opinion, and inconvenient truths leap from every page. For example, and I'm quoting the book again, "black people must lose their blackness if America is to be transformed. But of course, white people get to stay white." The author is Eddie Glaude Jr. was raised in the Deep South, in Moss Point, Mississippi, and still remembers the Ku Klux Klan burning a cross at the
    • Mon May 2
    • #StrangeFruit: Unpacking the Yoruba Symbolism in Beyoncé's #Lemonade
    • 'Joan Morgan is an award-winning author and journalist who wrote When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost, and coined the term hip-hop feminism. But what you might not know about her is that she's also a practitioner of Yoruba, an African religious tradition. And as it happens, "Lemonade" is chock full of Yoruba imagery. Morgan joins us to help us understand these symbols. The album also included nods to the Black Lives Matter movement, and
    • Mon May 2
    • Achille Mbembe: Frantz Fanon and the Politics of Viscerality
    • 'Achille Mbembe, political scientist and philosopher, speaks on the 20th century Caribbean psychiatrist Frantz Fanon (Martinique) as part of a 2-day workshop featuring collaborative reading, rendering of recent research, and mapping of new directions in the study of anticolonial/critical/ comparative psychiatries from two of the greatest minds: Frantz Fanon and Louis Mars (Haiti), who have never been studied in tandem, even though both engaged with mental health through the lens of racial alienation, anthropological encounters,