New Report: The Color of Wealth in Los Angeles

The Cook Center, Thursday, March 10, 2016
A report released today examining wealth inequality across racial and ethnic groups in Los Angeles shows substantial disparity with Japanese, Asian Indians, Chinese and whites ranking among the top, while blacks, Mexicans, other Latinos, Koreans and Vietnamese rank far behind. "The Color of... Read More »

The Psychological Effects of Race and Class

The Cook Center, Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The psychological effects of race and socioeconomic status served as the theme for a one-day conference at Duke on Monday, hosted by the Global Inequality Research Initiative, or GIRI. The conference, “Telling Identity Stories,” featured three keynote presentations by experts on education, race and... Read More »

The American Dream on Hold: Economic Challenges Facing the Black Community

The Cook Center, Monday, November 9, 2015
On Oct. 30, William Darity, Jr. director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, provided expert testimony to the Congressional Joint Economic Committee and the Congressional Black Caucus on economic challenges facing the African-American community. Darity joined... Read More »

Six-Year-Old Masters ‘Language of Science’

The Cook Center, Monday, November 2, 2015
When Louise Toppin first met Romanieo, Jr. he was barely age 2 and had just memorized the flags of the world. Toppin, chair of the music department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, briefly introduced 6 year-old Romanieo, Jr. and his parents Romanieo Golphin, Sr. and Cheri Philip... Read More »

Durham City Council Candidates Bring Their Platforms to Duke

The Cook Center, Friday, October 16, 2015
Only three of the six candidates for Durham’s City Council appeared on Thursday night to participate in a public forum at Duke. The candidates - Jillian Johnson, Charlie Reece and Steve Schewel, - took questions from Duke students, many of which were posted on Twitter using the hashtag #... Read More »

Forum for Durham City Council Candidates Thursday

Initiative on Poverty and Social Justice, Thursday, October 8, 2015
The Initiative on Poverty and Social Justice will hold a forum for six Durham city council candidates on Thursday, Oct. 15. The 7 p.m. event, to be held in the Nelson Music Room in the East Duke Building on East Campus, is free and open to the public. Off street parking is available. The... Read More »

New Report: Bootstraps Are For Black Kids

The Cook Center, Thursday, October 1, 2015
Blacks families with a median net worth of only 24K give more for higher education than white families who provide support at 168K+, according to a new study released by The Cook Center. Despite a close to 19 to 1 racial difference in median wealth, black parents... Read More »

David Grusky on Social Mobility

Working Group on Social Mobility, Tuesday, September 15, 2015
On Thursday, Sept. 10, David Grusky, the director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, gave a talk on the current state of academic work on mobility in the U.S. Grusky, one of today’s leading sociologists specializing in the field of social mobility, spoke to the Cook... Read More »

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The Cook Center, Monday, August 31, 2015
Browse through photos from Cook Center events this summer, including the celebration of the center’s formal naming on Aug. 24, the Young Scholars Summer Research Institute held in July, and the center’s June retreat where a team of scholars helped develop the Center’s strategic vision. 

Celebration: The Naming of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity

The Cook Center, Thursday, August 27, 2015
As students returned to class for the start of the fall 2015 semester, nearly 200 people joined Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook and his family to celebrate the naming of the Duke University's first center on social equity after him. The center -- the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity... Read More »