Category Social Sciences Forum

Rogers Smith

The U.S. Constitution and the Battle Over Racial Equality Today

Social Sciences Forum
Wednesday, September 17 | 4:30 p.m.
Rogers M. Smith, Associate Dean for the Social Sciences and Chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism
Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th floor

The author of seven books on citizenship and equality in the United States, including one that was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History, Dr. Smith will address why America’s political leaders avoid discussing racial policies, even as many forms of racial inequality persist and deepen. Smith argues that the United States is profoundly divided between two rival conceptions of civic equality–but that common ground may be found in the bold views of the Constitution’s purposes advanced by Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. (Click heading for full description.)

Stephen Ross

The Unforseen Anticompetitive and Racially Discriminatory Effects of Baseball’s North American Draft

Social Sciences Forum
Thursday, September 18 | 4:00 p.m.
Stephen F. Ross, Director, Penn State Institute for Sports Law, Policy, and Research, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law
University Center, Room 312

When Major League Baseball instituted its amateur draft in 1966, elite players honed their sills in widely available competitions organized by high schools and the American Legion. Today, virtually all North American youth selected in the draft or offered major college scholarships must join private, elite, and expensive traveling teams to display their talent. In contrast, MLB teams spend millions to train poor Latin American kids in academies, because these young men are not subject to the draft. Professor Ross will propose modifications to create economic incentives for MLB teams to invest in domestic academies for youth unable to afford private teams. (Click heading for full description.)

Robert Lawson

Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations

Social Sciences Forum
Monday, October 13 | 4:00 p.m.
Robert A. Lawson, Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom, The O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Southern Methodist University
Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th floor

Dr. Lawson and his colleagues produce the annual Economic Freedom of the World Index. Dr. Lawson will discuss the Index and how economic freedom impacts the wealth and health of countries worldwide. (Click heading for full description.)

Evelynn M Hammonds

W.E.B. Du Bois and the Challenge to Scientific Racism

Social Sciences Forum
Wednesday, November 12 | 7:00 p.m.
Evelynn M. Hammonds, Director of the Program for the Study of Race & Gender in Science & Medicine at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University
University Center Ballroom

A renowned researcher and author on the history of disease, on the analysis of race, gender and science, and on African-American women and the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, Dr. Hammonds will discuss the ever evolving intersection of scientific, medical, anthropological, and socio-political concepts of race in the United States from the early nineteenth century to present day. (Click heading for full description.)

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Post-Election Forum

Social Sciences Forum
Thursday, November 13 | 4:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Join experienced political analysts and journalists for an engaging discussion of the 2014 Maryland Gubernatorial election – the campaigns, the candidates, the issues and, of course, the election outcomes. (Click heading for full description.)

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