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January 31, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle Features Pathways

The San Francisco Chronicle features Pathways, a new magazine on economic inequality published by the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality. The inaugural issue boasts the bylines of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards. To read more about Pathways and its efforts to wage a "smart" war on poverty, visit the news article.

Posted by cthomsen at 11:45 AM

Friedman talk on 2/6

The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality
invites you to the fifth lecture in the John E. Sawyer Seminar Series:

Benjamin Friedman, Harvard University
Inequality and Attitudes Toward Inequality

Wednesday, February 6
Pre-event reception: 4pm, Bldg. 80, Main Quad
Talk: 5pm (Bldg. 370, Lecture Room 370, Main Quad)

The Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality continues its Sawyer Seminar series with a presentation by Professor Benjamin Friedman. The lecture, “Inequality and Attitudes Toward Inequality,” and pre-event reception are free and open to the public.

Benjamin M. Friedman is the William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy, and formerly Chairman of the Department of Economics, at Harvard University. His latest book is The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth, published in 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf. Mr. Friedman's best known previous book is Day of Reckoning: The Consequences of American Economic Policy Under Reagan and After, which received the George S. Eccles Prize, awarded annually by Columbia University for excellence in writing about economics.

Mr. Friedman's current professional activities include serving as a director and member of the editorial board of the Encyclopedia Britannica, a director of the Private Export Funding Corporation, a trustee of the Standish Mellon Investment Trust, a director of the National Council on Economic Education, and an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is a member of the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity and the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality is a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences. For additional information, contact iriss-info@stanford.edu.

Posted by cthomsen at 11:31 AM

January 18, 2008

Putnam Featured Speaker in Sawyer Seminar

The Center for the Study of Povery and Inequality continues it's Sawyer Seminar series with a presentation by Professor Robert D. Putnam. The lecture, "E Pluribus Unum: Civic Engagement in a World of Diversity," will be held on Thursday, January 24 at 5pm in Room 370, Building 370 on the Main Quad. The talk is free and open to the public.

Robert D. Putnam is the Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He is member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. In 2006, Putnam received the Skytte Prize, one of the world's highest accolades for a political scientist. He has written a dozen books, translated into seventeen languages, including the best-selling "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community," and more recently "Better Together: Restoring the American Community," a study of promising new forms of social connectedness. His previous book, "Making Democracy Work," was praised by the Economist as "a great work of social science, worthy to rank alongside de Tocqueville, Pareto and Weber." Both "Making Democracy Work" and "Bowling Alone" rank high among the most cited publications in the social sciences worldwide in the last several decades.

The Sawyer Seminar series, entitled "Dynamics of Inequality," is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality is a program of the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences.

Posted by cthomsen at 12:08 PM

January 07, 2008

Morrison Institute Announces Its Winter Colloquium Series

The Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies Winter Colloquium is a lecture series for students, the Stanford community, and the general public that presents the latest scientific findings in demography, epidemiology, genetics, and other areas in the field of population and resource studies.

The Colloquium is held on Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m. in Herrin Hall T-175 (Biological Sciences building).

Contact Jim Collins, (650)723-7518, or email morrisoninstitute@stanford.edu for more information.

The 2008 schedule:

Wednesday, 9 January
Luisa N. Borrell (Columbia University)
“Race and Hypertension in Hispanics: Is It Social or Genetic?”

Wednesday, 16 January
James Holland Jones (Stanford University)
“New Approaches to Modeling Heterogeneous Mortality”

Wednesday, 23 January
Walter Scheidel (Stanford University)
“Continuity and Change in Human Demography: The Contribution of Ancient History”

Wednesday, 30 January
Evelyne Heyer (Musée de l'homme, Paris)
“Social Behavior and Genetic Diversity in Human Populations”

Wednesday, 6 February
Shripad Tuljapurkar (Stanford University)
“Why Men Matter: Aging and Senescence”

Wednesday, 13 February
Manfred Kayser (Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam)
“Human Genetic History in the Pacific”

Wednesday, 20 February
Ben Kerr (University of Washington)
“The Evolution and Resolution of a 'Tragedy of the Commons' in a Host-Pathogen Metapopulation”

Wednesday, 27 February
Douglas Erwin (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute)
“Ecological and Developmental Dimensions of the Cambrian Explosion of Animal Life”

Wednesday, 5 March
Suzanne Romaine (Oxford University)
“Where Have All the Languages Gone? Global Perspectives on Biolinguistic Diversity and the Extinction of the World's Languages”

(http://www.stanford.edu/group/morrinst/c.html)

Posted by cthomsen at 11:11 AM