• Wednesday, April 29 Forum: Improving Opportunity for Black Men: The Role of Economics, Culture, and Policy
    Black men in the United States are struggling on many fronts with high unemployment rates and large persistent racial gaps in educational attainment, family stability, and incarceration. The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) will host an event to examine the role economic factors have played in this struggle; how complex subcultures that black men navigate affect these issues; and in what ways public policy and cultural attitudes can be engaged to improve the prospects of black men. Panelists include Robert Cherry, professor of economics at Brooklyn College - City University of New York; Kathryn Edin, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University; and Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. EDT at AEI in Washington, D.C., and will be webcast live.
  • Thursday, May 7 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecture: What Drives American Competitiveness?
    The Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize recognizes leaders who champion the use of informed judgment to advance the public good and who promote the use of sound analysis and social science research in policy-making. The prize is awarded each year by the American Academy of Political and Social Science, which is dedicated to the use of social science to address important social problems. This year\'s winner is Dr. Rebecca Blank, former acting U.S. Commerce Secretary and current chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will speak on labor market trends that affect U.S. competitiveness; the role of innovation in improving well-being and productivity; and what the U.S. can do to stay in a position of economic leadership over the long-term. Dr. Blank will argue, in part, that large public research universities have a key role to play. The event will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. EDT at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C.