Inequality Science Series

The Inequality Science Series is a forum for ideas, strategies, and new best practices to address forms of inequality on Princeton’s campus and beyond. Over the course of a year, leading social scientists will deliver six talks on inequality, particularly along the axis of race and class. The talks will be streamed live from this site.

November 17, 2015
7:00 PM

Screening of Difret (2014)

Department of Comparative Literature and Lewis Center for the Arts

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Ties between the discourse of the department and the world

Literature can improve awareness. You can use literature to make the government more conscious of its responsibilities to its citizens, and to reduce the disparity between the wealthy and the impoverished.

Wole Soyinka

People should have healthcare basics before they are asked to put their bodies on the line.


Question everything you’ve been taught about race and racial groups and begin again. Question the dominant discourse about every group. Begin again with evidence instead of myth. Look past outcomes to origins.


White people can help other white people reduce their bias.


As black folks gain more access to American life, many white people believe they lose benefits and resources.


How race measures up in the United States today, in black and white

Unemployment October, 2015

African American Unemployment Rate 9.2% 0%
Hispanic Unemployment Rate 6.3% -0.1%
White Unemployment Rate 4.4% 0%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Wealth 2014

Mean Net Worth for African-American Families $95,000
Mean Net Worth for Hispanic Families $112,000
Mean Net Worth for White Families $688,000
Source: Federal Reserve

Poverty 2013

African-American Poverty Rate 34.0%
Hispanic Poverty Rate 31.6%
White Poverty Rate 16.7%
Source: United States Census Bureau


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