Monday, May 11, 2015

May 21: William Julius Wilson discusses race and economic class

According to this Library of Congress press release:
William Julius Wilson, a distinguished sociologist and the current Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Library of Congress, will present a lecture on the effects of race and class in determining the future life outcomes of men and women in America.

Wilson will speak at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 in Room 119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

The lecture will mark the conclusion to Wilson’s four-month residency at The John W. Kluge Center. During his residency, Wilson reexamined arguments laid forth in his 1978 book "The Declining Significance of Race," in which he argued economic class has gradually become more important than race in determining the future life outcomes of African Americans. In his lecture, Wilson will reflect on the themes articulated in this work and their application to more recent developments in American race and ethnic relations involving not only African Americans but also other groups, including whites and Latinos. He will also advance some thoughts on the future of race relations in the U.S.

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