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Spring 2003, Vol. 11, No. 2 (requires Adobe Acrobat)

“Race and Wealth Disparity in 21st-Century America” Lecture Series

The Warren Center and the Vanderbilt Law School are cosponsoring a research circle entitled “Race and Wealth Disparity in 21st-Century America.” The project is funded by the Ford Foundation and directed by Beverly Moran, professor of law and sociology at Vanderbilt University. Members of the research circle are working to bridge the gap between their separate disciplines by sharing each field’s unique insights and methods with one another and with the general public, through a series of private workshops and public lectures, as well as the development of teaching materials for use in the classroom. Participants in the program include faculty members from five colleges within Vanderbilt University (College of Arts and Science, Law School, School of Medicine, Owen School of Management, and Peabody College), Fisk University, Meharry Medical Center, and Tennessee State University. Also participating in the program is the executive director of the Tennessee Network for Community Economic Development, a not-for-profit organization committed to increasing asset acquisition among the working poor.

The first public lecture resulting from the work of the research circle was presented by Cecelia Tichi, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English at Vanderbilt on November 7th. Her lecture was entitled “White Collar Blues: Movin’ On in the New Gilded Age.”

The series will continue in the spring term. Bruce Barry, Brownlee O. Currey Associate Professor of Management and associate professor of sociology at Vanderbilt will present a lecture on February 6th at 4:10 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Law School. His lecture is entitled “Corporatism and Inequality: The Race to the Bottom (Line).” On Thursday, February 27th at 4:10 p.m., Anne Demo, assistant professor of communication studies will speak on “Communities in Conflict: Labor and Mobility in an Anglo Hamlet.” Professor Demo’s talk will also be held at the Vanderbilt Law School. Later in the spring term, Edward Fischer, associate professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies, will give a public lecture. More details regarding his talk will be forthcoming.

The series of public lectures by members of the research circle will continue in the fall semester of 2003.

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