[Dallas] Professor Tom Shapiro Speaking on Inequality in America


Thursday June 22, 4-6p.m.
Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas

Brandeis alumni and friends are invited to hear renowned sociologist Tom Shapiro discuss the ideas and findings in his new book, "Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future." Tom is director of the institute on assets and social policy at Brandeis University and Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at the Heller School. The discussion will be moderated by KERA reporter Courtney Collins.

In "Toxic Inequality," Professor Shapiro follows nearly 200 families of different races and income levels over a 12 year period and explores the toll of induced wealth disparity and racial inequality on parents and their children. He reveals how "The lack of family assets along with continuing racial discrimination in crucial areas like home-ownership dramatically impact the everyday lives of many black families, reversing gains earned in schools and on jobs, and perpetuating the cycle of poverty in which far too many find themselves trapped," and argues that inequality not only limits the economic potential of African Americans, Latinos and other communities of color, but if unaddressed, it also stands to threaten our collective future.

This event is free and open to the public.

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For questions, please contact Communities Foundation of Texas at 214-750-4222. 

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