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A Republic, If We Can Keep It Keynote Presentations

Thursday Keynote: E.J. Dionne (The Washington Post)

Friday Keynote: Jennifer Rubin (The Washington Post)


Difficulty of Democracy: Challenges and Prospects Spring 2018 Lecture Series

Paul Pierson (Political Science, Berkeley)
The Risk of “Democratic Backsliding”: How Inequality & Polarization Threaten American Democracy

Nicholas Carnes (Political Science, Duke)
Why Is the U.S. Government an Upper-Class Club?: Class Barriers to Political Office and the Future of American Democracy

Atul Kohli (Politics, Princeton)
India’s Two-Track Democracy: Vibrant Citizens, Oligarchic Rulers

Arlie Hochschild (Sociology, Berkeley)
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger at Government & Liberal Hopes, Can we Come Together Without Losing Ground?


Educate the Vote 2016


Inequalities: How Deep, Why, What Should Be Done? Spring 2016 Lecture Series

Cecilia Rouse (Economics, Princeton University)
Higher Education and the Challenge of Inequality

Prudence Carter (Education, Stanford University)
 The Double Binds of Racial and Economic Inequality

David Grusky (Sociology, Stanford University)
Is There Anything Money Can’t Buy?

Miles Corak (Economics, University of Ottawa)
Too Many Children Left Behind

Benjamin Page (Political Science, Northwestern University)
Democracy in America

Karl Alexander (Sociology, Johns Hopkins)
The interaction of family, school, and society in shaping inequality


Laura T. Hamilton (Sociology, University of California- Merced)
Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality

Andrew V. Papachristos (Sociology, Yale University)
Connected in Crime: How Co-offending Networks Shape the Neighborhood Violence

Karim Abouelnaga (Founder/CEO of Practice Makes Perfect)
Addressing Inequality – Cornell Alumni in Action: Narrowing the Achievement Gap, One Summer at a Time


Sesquicentennial Panel Presentation:
The American Dream: Opportunities and Challenges

The “American Dream” is a core feature of the American ethos yet many challenges to the dream persist. On April 25, 2015, as part of Cornell’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, Cornell professors and recent alumni discussed equality of opportunity and how it can be improved. Panelists Include: Kim Weeden (Professor of Sociology; Robert S. Harrison Director, Institute for the Social Sciences; Director, Center for the Study of Inequality at Cornell University); Peter Enns (Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University); Kendra Bischoff (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cornell University); Adrian Palma ’13 (Asian Studies, Co-Founder of Cornell DREAM Team); Dominique Corley ’14 (Linguistics and Sociology, Minor in Inequality Studies). CSI Communications and Programming Coordinator, Clara Elpi, was the Session Manager for this event.

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Suzanne Mettler (Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions, Government, Cornell University)
Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Policy Sabotaged the American Dream
CSI Executive Committee Member and Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions, Suzanne Mettler, examined the effects of the American higher education system on social and economic inequality, Oct. 25, 2013 as part of Cornell’s Trustee-Council Annual Meeting.

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