Income Inequality Today: US and Global Aspects

NOV 13, 2013 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM



Roosevelt House
Hunter College
47-49 E. 65th Street


November 13, 2013: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM


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NOTE: This event takes place at Roosevelt House, Hunter College, 47-49 E. 65th Street.

In the inaugural event of the Chancellor’s Conversations with Faculty, a new series of discussions with scholars, Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly speaks with Branko Milanovic and Janet Gornick of the Graduate Center.

Income Inequality Today: US and Global Aspects
How is income distributed in our own country, across countries, and globally? What is the economic status of the “middle class”? Can a more equal and just distribution be achieved? Bill Kelly, Interim Chancellor of The City University of New York, hosts an intimate conversation addressing these and related questions with Graduate Center scholars Branko Milanovic, lead economist in the research department at the World Bank, and Janet Gornick, director of LIS, a cross-national data archive in Luxembourg.

Participant Bios:
Branko Milanovic is lead economist in the World Bank's research department. He is the author of The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality” (Basic Books, 2012) and Worlds Apart: Measuring International and Global Inequality” (Princeton University Press, 2005), among many influential books. A former senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Milanovic will soon join the Graduate Center as visiting presidential professor and senior scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study Center.
Janet Gornick
is professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center. She heads LIS, a nonprofit data archive, research institute, and center for training in comparative analysis; she also directs its satellite office at the GC, the Luxembourg Income Study Center. Among numerous articles and books, Gornick co-edited Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries” (Stanford University Press, 2013) andGender Equality: Transforming Family Divisions of Labor” (Verso Books, 2009).
Bill Kelly, Interim Chancellor of The City University of New York, served for eight years as president of the Graduate Center. A distinguished scholar of American literature, he is chairman of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the CUNY Research Foundation and has published essays and reviews in a broad range of publications, including the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times Book Review, and the American Scholar.