"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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New Publication by Lindah Mhando

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Mhando, Lindah., African Youth in Contemporary Literature, Popular Culture, and Imagined Spaces: “Identity Quest.” (With Yenika-Agbaw) . New York, NY: Routledge. 2014. This book explores how African youths are depicted in contemporary literature and popular culture, and discusses the different ways by which they attempt to construct personal and…
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Robbing Ferguson’s children of their joy

August 23, 2014 By Karla FC Holloway http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/23/4089127_robbing-fergusons-children-of.html?rh=1 ‘The talk” – that moment when parents sit down with their black and brown boys to explain to them the limits of their freedoms and how their conduct in public places will not be given the same laxity as their white…
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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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    • Mon Aug 31
    • "Black Free Thinkers": Afropunk Stands with #TransLivesMatter
    • 'An estimated 60,000 people came together at the 11th annual Afropunk Fest to watch headliners Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, and Lauryn Hill in Brooklyn, New York. "Afropunk is pretty much one of the ultimate voices for young black free thinkers," said singer/songwriter Jesse Boykins III. MSNBC interviewed artists Raury, Boykins, and Wangechi Mutu to capture their take on the Black Lives Matter and Trans Lives Matter movements." +MSNBC 
    • Sun Aug 30
    • George Bush (Still) Doesn't Care About Black People by Lawrence Ware
    • George Bush (Still) Doesn't Care About Black Peopleby Lawrence Ware | @Law_Ware | NewBlackMan (in Exile) I was sitting in a one-bedroom apartment watching the telethon for Hurricane Katrina when it happened. After a commercial break, Kanye West stood nervously looking like he was about to do something that would end his career. He was fidgety and sweating when he said it: "George Bush doesn't care about Black people." It was a transcendent moment for Black America.Kanye
    • Sat Aug 29
    • Camille A. Brown: Storytelling Through Dance
    • 'Choreographer Camille A. Brown joins So POPular! host Janet Mock to discuss her new show, Black Girl: Linguistic Play which opens at the Joyce Theater in New York City on September 22nd.. Brown is also joined by dancer Catherine Foster as the two perform a piece from the new show.' 
    • Fri Aug 28
    • #SummerSyllabus2015: #RaceMatters--A Panel Discussion at Duke University on 8/31
    • #SummerSyllabus2015: #RaceMattersMonday, August 31, 2015 @ 7:00 pmDuke University (East Campus)White Lecture Hall  A faculty panel discussion on the numerous race-related incidents that occurred this summer; moderated by NPR host Frank StasioInspired by the #CharlestonSyllabus hashtag that circulated in the aftermath of the shooting death of 9 African-American parishioners in Charleston's Mother Emanuel AME Church, several Duke University faculty will participate in a panel discussion to help educate and reveal the nuances of
    • Wed Aug 26
    • When What's Straight is Really Crooked Too: A Strange Review of "Straight Outta Compton
    • "When What's Straight is Really Crooked Too: A Strange Review of "Straight Outta Compton"by Stephane Dunn | @DrStephaneDunn | NewBlackMan (in Exile) As Ren says, "she deserved it - bitch deserved it." Eazy agrees: "Yeah, bitch had it coming."People talk all this shit, but you know, somebody fucks with me, I'm gonna fuck with them. I just did it, you know. Ain't nothing you can do now by talking about it. It ain't no big thing
    • Wed Aug 26
    • The Illusive Conversation: Race in America's Classrooms by David J. Leonard |
    • The Illusive Conversation: Race in America's Classroomsby David J. Leonard | @DrDavidJLeonard | NewBlackMan (in Exile)In the aftermath of the savage murder of 9 African American men and women in Charleston, SC there was  lots  of public discussion of America's unresolved racial acrimony.  In the wake of Rachel Dolezal, there were daily debates about privilege, identity, and the unresolved issues of race in America. In the days following uprisings in Baltimore and Ferguson, and the
    • Tue Aug 25
    • Study Tracks Vast Racial Gap In School Discipline In 13 Southern States
    • A new study from Edward J. Smith and Shaun R. Harper shows that "Nationally, 1.2 million Black students were suspended from K-12 public schools in a single academic year - 55% of those suspensions occurred in 13 Southern states....Despite comprising only 20.9% of students in the 3,022 districts analyzed, Blacks were suspended and expelled at disproportionately high rates."