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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 America, especially in neighborhoods where educational attainment is low and poverty is high. Komlos is the author of “What Every Economics Student Needs to Know and Doesn’t Get in the Usual Principles Text.” Even conservative Republican Alan Greenspan, an ardent advocate of free markets, is… read more about Income inequality begins at birth and these are the stats that prove it »

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 employment has to be a dream, even a quarter millennium after the beginning of our stupendous surge in wealth with the Industrial Revolution? But what is full employment? Well, it’s simple enough, isn’t it? An economy in which there are enough jobs to go around for everyone. But here is where the complications… read more about America can be a full-employment economy once again »

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 African & African American Studies. She is an affiliated faculty with the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life and with the Trent Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. Dr. Holloway is a member of the… read more about Professor Karla FC Holloway Receives 2015 MELUS Award »

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 Matory's Center for African and African American Research has received a NEH grant to support the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars Program for a project called "Crafting Freedom."  Matory states that the… read more about 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 »