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 »

Searching for the American Dream in Harlem, Monday, November 2, 2015
“Wealth enables families to purchase high-quality schooling through private school or by purchasing a home in an area with good schools. It facilitates influential participation in the American political process,” Darity said on Friday. “Wealth provides the freedom to innovate, start a new business... Read More »

Opposition Missing From Friendly Durham City Council Candidate Forum Thursday

The Duke Chronicle, Friday, October 16, 2015
Candidates running for three Durham City Council seats held a friendly forum on campus Thursday to discuss their platforms and field questions from students and the public before the general election Nov. 3. Read more: Read More »

Trio of Council Candidates Grilled At Duke Forum

Durham Herald-Sun, Friday, October 16, 2015
One night after six Durham City Council candidates squared off in a City Hall forum, they convened once again — this time on campus at Duke University. Thursday saw only three of the six candidates for three at-large council seats meet to discuss their platforms and visions for the future of... 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 »

The Color of Debt: How Collections Suits Squeeze Black Neighborhoods

ProPublica, Friday, October 9, 2015
By any measure, black households are worse off financially than white ones. They make, on average, far less money. But more pernicious is the vastly larger gap in wealth between whites and blacks ... The source of this disparity is as deep as the nation’s history, said William A. Darity Jr., a... 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.