William "Sandy" A. Darity, Ph.D., Arts & Sciences Professor of Public Policy, Professor of African and African-American Studies and Economics and Chair, Department of African and African American Studies, Director, Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University
March 24: Seminar - "Race and Health"
This lecture will examine the controversy over whether the pharmocogenetic revolution establishes that certain diseases and medications are race specific. Does the anthropologists' claim that racial differences themselves are not genetically based disprove the claims of many pharmacogeneticists? If racial differences in the incidence of disease does not have a biogenetic basis then what explains health disparities?
March 25: Public lecture - “Affirmative Action around the World”
This lecture will examine on a comparative basis the content and impact of affirmative action measures in several countries. Particular emphasis will be given to Brazil, India, Malaysia, and the United States and whether affirmative action takes primarily the form of preferential boosts or quotas in each case.
March 27: Public lecture - "The Persistence of Discrimination in Post-Racial America”
To the extent that the election of Barack Obama as US President has been interpreted as a signal that America has transcended its history of racial oppression, this lecture will examine the scope and extent of evidence that anti-black discrimination continues to be present in American life. The talk also will explain why discrimination may persist despite attitudinal changes that made the election of a black President a reality and the economists' standard argument that competitive markets should eliminate discriminatory behavior.
Nittany Lion Inn, Assembly Room
March 28: Seminar - "Reparations"
This seminar will explore the case for restitutive justice for blacks in the USA for slavery and Jim Crow despite the election of Barack Obama as President.
FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC
Sponsored by Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Africana Research Center, Department of African American Studies, Department of Political Science, and Department of Economics
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