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The New Economy and Racial Inequality

1842nd Stated Meeting - Cambridge
William Julius Wilson (Harvard University)
February 14, 2001
William Julius Wilson

In a talk focusing on the period since 1945, William Julius Wilson related the issues of race and inequality—including racial and ethnic antagonisms—to the changing American economy. He also considered the implications of this discussion for addressing issues of race through public policy.

Mr. Wilson 's research addresses the impact of inequality and poverty on racial and ethnic relations, urban poverty, family structure, and joblessness as well as the role of public policies in both alleviating and exacerbating these problems. He is the author of The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions, winner of the American Sociological Association's Sydney Spivak Award; The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy; When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor, and, most recently, The Bridge over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics. Past president of the American Sociological Association, a MacArthur Prize Fellow, and a recipient of the National Medal of Science, Wilson has been a member of many national boards and commissions including the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the National Humanities Center. He is currently director of the Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Read the transcript in the Bulletin.

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