Conversations in Inequality

Radcliffe Institute: Building an Economy for Prosperity and Equality

Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf of Harvard Kennedy School and Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, are among the panelists in a Radcliffe Day symposium honoring Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chair and the 2016 Radcliffe Medalist. They are joined by economists David Autor of MIT, Louise Sheiner of the Brookings Institution, and Cecilia Rouse of Princeton University moderating. Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, May 27, 2016.

Matthew Desmond on "Evicted"

Evictions are troublingly common for America’s poorest families. Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond’s new book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, shows that evictions are a cause, not just a condition, of poverty. Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, was joined by a panel of experts that included William Julius Wilson of Harvard University, Xavier de Souza Briggs of the Ford Foundation, and Jennifer Gonnerman of The New Yorker.  Bruce Western of Harvard University moderated. Sponsored by the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Mar 3, 2016.

Askwith Forum: The American Dream in Crisis: Can Education Restore Social Mobility?

Robert D. Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, shares insights from Our Kids, his examination of how the American Dream of equal opportunity is in crisis. He is joined by Roland G. Fryer, Jr., Henry Lee Professor of Economics and Professor of Education, and Meira Levinson, Professor of Education, who consider what educators can do. Askwith Forum, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Feb 2, 2016.

Urban Sociologist Matthew Desmond, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Professor of Social Sciences at Harvard and 2015 MacArthur Fellow: "We as a country are having a national conversation about inequality and about justice, and about really asking the hard questions about who we want to be." MacArthur Foundation, Sep 28, 2015

Understanding the Sources of Inequality

Roland Fryer, Henry Lee Professor of Economics and the 2015 John Bates Clark Medalist, discusses some key sources of earnings inequality and the questions that drive his work. National Bureau of Economic Research, Aug 11, 2015.

Deep Dive: Criminal Justice & Prison Reform

Bruce Western, Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and  Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy at Harvard, is  joined by Ta-Nehisi Coates  of The Atlantic, Shaka Senghor of #cut50,  and Jens Ludwig of the University of Chicago. Aspen Ideas Festival, July 3, 2015.

Summit on Overcoming Poverty

President Barack Obama joined a discussion on overcoming poverty in the US with Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, and moderated by E.J. Dionne. Held at Georgetown University, May 12, 2015.

Eight Bold Ideas for Impact: Learning What Works

Tom Kane, Walter H. Gale Professor of Education, presents one of eight Bold Ideas for Impact, a Harvard Graduate School of Education event, Sep 24, 2014.

Urban Neighborhoods and the Persistence of Racial Inequality

Patrick Sharkey (Ph.D. '07) of New York University; William Julius Wilson, Harvard; and Richard Rothstein, Economic Policy Institute. Askwith Forum, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Apr 29, 2014.

Inequality: Past, Present, and Future

Dean David T. Ellwood and Christopher Jencks, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy. IDEASpHERE, Harvard Kennedy School, May 16, 2014.