Honors Colloquium 2016: Inequality and the American Dream

The 2016 Honors Colloquium


Jill Doerner, Kristin Johnson, Erik Loomis, and Liam Malloy

Tuesday evenings, 7 p.m., September 20–November 29, 2016
Edwards Auditorium, Kingston Campus

Inequality is a defining theme of our political, social, and economic lives. We are committed to a future where all people have the opportunity to live the American Dream, in which everyone has the freedom to prosper, progress and live well.

The 2016 Honors Colloquium examines the tension between these concepts across a range of salient issues. We raise questions about the influence of inequality on social mobility, the ability to seek political and social change, and across gender, race and class.

Please join us for a discussion on the influence of inequality on our daily lives and prospects for the future.

The public is invited to attend this series of free events, or watch LIVE.

Watch LIVE!

Full schedule of events

September 20    Immigration

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Political Analyst and Professor, University of Texas at Austin


September 27    Race, Diversity, and Education

Kimberlé Crenshaw
Professor of Law, UCLA and Columbia Law School
Diversity Week Keynote Speaker

Kimberle Crenshaw

No Live Casting or Archiving of this talk.

October 4    Historical Perspectives

Jefferson Cowie

Professor of History, Vanderbilt University


October 11    Poverty and Homelessness

Deanna Trella and Timothy Hilton
Professors of Children’s Studies and Social Work, Eastern Washington University


October 18    Gender

Caroline Fredrickson
Lawyer, Author, and President of the American Constitution Society
Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Women’s Studies Lecture


October 25    Workplace

Saru Jayaraman
Director, Food Labor Research Center, UC Berkeley


November 1    Politics

John Nichols
National Affairs Correspondent, The Nation magazine


November 15    Labor

Mark Levinson

Mark Levinson is the Chief Economist for The Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Mr. Levinson received his PhD. in economics from the New School for Social Research. He previously worked as Chief Economist for UNITE HERE and UNITE and as an economist at the United Automobile Workers (UAW) and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). His writings on economic policy, the global economy and labor rights have been published in the New York Times, The Nation, The American Prospect, Dissent (where he is also book review editor), New Labor Forum and Boston Review. In 2002-2003 Mr. Levinson was a Revson Fellow at Columbia University. In 2005-06 Mr. Levinson was the co-director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Agenda For Shared Prosperity.

November 29    What Is to Be Done About Inequality

Jelani Cobb
New Yorker Staff Writer and Director of the Africana Studies Institute, UConn


Additional Events

September 13
Wall Street
Edwards Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Film Series on Inequality

October 5
Inequality and the Cuban Dream: A Conversation
Swan Hall Auditorium, 6 p.m.

October 13–16 and 20–23
Good People
By David Lindsay-Abaire
URI Fine Arts Center
Presented by the URI Theatre Department

October 18
Every 28 Hours Theatre Initiative
Livestreamed from Trinity Repertory Company
Edwards Auditorium, 9 p.m.

For more information on colloquium events contact Deborah Gardiner at 401.874.2381 or dgardiner@uri.edu.

For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact Lynne Derbyshire at 401.874.4732 or derbyshire@uri.edu.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please call 401.874.2303 at least five business days in advance. For TTY assistance, please call the R.I. Relay Service at 711.

Major Sponsor
URI Honors Program

URI Office of the President  •  URI Office of the Provost  •  The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment  • The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment  •  URI College of Arts & Sciences  •  URI College of Pharmacy  •  URI John Hazen White Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service  •  URI Gender and Women’s Studies Program  •  URI Multicultural Student Services Center  •  URI Theatre Department  •  URI College of Engineering  •  URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences  •  URI College of Health Sciences  •  URI College of Business Administration  •  URI College of Nursing  •  URI Division of Student Affairs  •  URI Department of Communications and Marketing  •  URI Department of Publications and Creative Services  •  URI ITS Instructional Technology and Media Services  •  URI Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies  • URI Charles T. Schmidt, Jr. Labor Research Center


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