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Symposium at BC Will Examine Economic Disparities in the US


By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: Nov. 1, 2012

Members of the Boston College community can attend a discussion tomorrow afternoon on growing economic disparities in the United States with Scott Winship, who is director of the Brookings Institution’s Social Genome Project.

The event, which takes place at 4 p.m. in Devlin 101 and will be moderated by History Professor Heather Richardson, serves as a precursor to this year’s Mass Humanities Symposium, which will be held on campus the following day (Nov. 3), at which Winship will be among the featured speakers.

Winship’s research focuses on measuring and understanding trends in living standards, economic volatility, mobility, inequality, opportunity, and insecurity. Under his direction, the Social Genome Project is building a microsimulation model intended to improve policymakers' understanding of mobility and simulate the long-term effects of policy interventions. Winship was previously research manager of the Economic Mobility Project of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Each fall, Mass Humanities, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, gathers scholars, journalists, and public officials for public conversations examining fundamental aspects of the US democratic culture. Past symposia have focused on the presidency, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Supreme Court, the role of the media in our democracy, military and civic culture in America, and the Internet and democracy.

In addition to Winship, participants in this year’s symposium on economic inequality — which runs from noon-5p.m. in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons — will include Columbia University Director of American Studies Andrew Delbanco, author and historian Thomas Frank, economist James K. Galbraith and social critic and economist Glenn Loury of Brown University.

Admission to the symposium is free, but registration is required; to register or to find more information, see, or contact Dan Soyer at 617-552-8928.