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This public policy idea can bring America to full employment, and it’s gathering momentum

ThinkProgress, Friday, September 22, 2017
William Darity, the Samuel DuBois Cook professor of public policy at Duke University, believes the federal government can come to the rescue of out-of-work Americans by assuring them of a federal jobs guarantee. It’s an idea that Darity said is gaining support across a wide and diverse spectrum... Read More »

A New Exhibit Lays Bare How White Privilege Has Influenced Durham’s Past and Present

The Independent Weekly, Wednesday, September 20, 2017
When she moved to Durham two months ago to teach at the Central Park School for Children, Randi Harrison decided to check out the Liberty Warehouse apartments, located conveniently just down the block. She was shocked by the prices. "As a black person, the skin I'm in, I thought having a... Read More »

Why We Need a Universal Basic Income

Bill Moyers, Friday, September 15, 2017
But wage theft is only one of our many problems. As such scholars as Mark Paul and William Darity point out, while the government purports that unemployment is currently under 5 percent, broader measures of classifying unemployment – including “discouraged” and part-time laborers seeking full-time... Read More »

Politico names Professor William Darity as top thinker

Duke Chronicle, Friday, September 15, 2017
For most people, the act of thinking is second nature. However, one Duke faculty member has taken this mental operation to a whole new level, according to Politico magazine. William Darity Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook professor of public policy and a founding director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center... Read More »

Merging academia and activism for race relations

Amsterdam News, Thursday, September 14, 2017
"What do we do in the toxic climate we have today? That is the question for which the lecture series hopes to stir up an answer. The New School social justice masterminds and scholars DePass, Maya Wiley and Darrick Hamilton joined forces to create this platform for impactful conversations with... Read More »

Housing Inequality Exhibit Opens Friday

The Independent Weekly, Wednesday, September 13, 2017
With municipal elections coming up, there’s been a lot of talk in Durham about equity, particularly as it relates to housing. But the current landscape of housing inequality in Durham was set in motion long before this election cycle. An exhibit opening Friday seeks to fill in that history. “... Read More »

Percentage of minority students stays stagnant at other elite colleges, rises at Duke

The Chronicle, Monday, September 11, 2017
To some, affirmative action might be seen as a quota-based endeavor, said Jay Pearson, assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy. However, he clarified that in reality it operates as a goal-driven program to combat social disparities. “Affirmative action is actually a social... Read More »

Darity Selected As One Of Politico Magazine’s Top 50 Key Thinkers

Duke Today, Friday, September 8, 2017
William A. (“Sandy”) Darity, Jr., founding director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, was selected by Politico Magazine as one of 2017’s top 50 thinkers, doers and visionaries who are reshaping American politics and policy. The bipartisan list—filled with lawmakers,... Read More »

Bull City 150 Exhibit Opening on Durham History, Housing and Inequality

Duke Today, Thursday, September 7, 2017
A new exhibit will examine the deep historical roots of gentrification, the racial wealth gap and housing discrimination in Durham. “Uneven Ground: The Foundations of Housing Inequality in Durham, NC,” is a public history exhibition and engagement initiative of the Bull City 150 project, which... Read More »

Mentorship Without Hierarchy: The economists Darrick Hamilton and Sandy Darity met as student and adviser. Now, they see themselves as equals.

The Atlantic, Wednesday, September 6, 2017
"In their research together, the economists Darrick Hamilton and William “Sandy” Darity Jr. have examined the racial wealth gap and policies to address it, such as a federal jobs guarantee. The pair met 20 years ago, when Darity was Hamilton’s dissertation adviser at the University of North... Read More »

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