February 23, 2014
When: Friday, April 11 - 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. lecture
Where: Academic Learning Commons, first floor, 1000 Floyd Ave.
Cost: No charge
Celebrating its 10th anniversary as a degree-granting department, the VCU Department of African-American Studies hosts the inaugural Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series featuring William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr., Ph.D., as the guest lecturer. Darity is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics, and director of the Duke Consortium on Social Equity. He is also the Chair of African and African American Studies and the founding director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke University. He earned the Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978.
Previously, he served as director of the Institute of African American Research, director of the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, director of the Undergraduate Honors Program in economics, and director of Graduate Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Darity’s research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial achievement gap, North-South theories of trade and development, skin shade and labor market outcomes, the economics of reparations, the Atlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution, the history of economics, and the social psychological effects of exposure to unemployment.
Presentation Title: “Revisiting the Black Bourgeoisie”
Presentation Description: Dr. Darity's provocative presentation will explore the criteria for identifying middle-class status, the history of the black middle-class, and the contradictory social position of the black middle-class.
6 p.m. - Reception with open wine bar in lobby
7 p.m. - Lecture series event (welcome; poetry readings; recognition of African-American Studies alumni; recognition of former AAAC presidents; lecture by Dr. Darity followed by question and answer session.