Income and wealth inequality is a problem we can't ignore. It affects not just our economy, but also our communities and our mental health. It separates us in ways we often cannot afford. Inequalities due to race, gender, or other social identities similarly divide us and add complexity to the problems we face. But there is disagreement about how to talk about inequality. In particular, how should we understand social identities and what role we expect them to play in addressing inequality broadly? This panel discussion brings together experts who see things from different angles.
This event is generously co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology. It is part of CEHV's 2023-24 COMPAS Directions program.
Vivek Chibber (NYU, Sociology)
Dr. Vivek Chibber is Professor of Sociology at New York University. He has written two award-winning books: Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India (Princeton University Press, 2003) and Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital (Verso, 2103). He is co-editor of the Socialist Register and has published articles in leading journals and magazines, including the American Journal of Sociology, Boston Review and New Left Review.
Derrick Darby (Rutgers, Philosophy)
Dr. Derrick Darby is a Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. from Pittsburgh and B. A. from Colgate. He is the founding director of the Rutgers Social Justice Solutions Research Collaboratory and also directs its renowned Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy. He discovered his passion for philosophy growing up in the Queensbridge public housing projects in Long Island City, NY. For the backstory see his TEDx talk, “Doing the Knowledge.” In social and political philosophy, he writes about rights, inequality, education, identity, and democracy. He thinks about how race and racism bear on theoretical, normative and practical philosophical questions. His books include: A Realistic Blacktopia: Why We Must Unite to Fight (Oxford, 2023); The Color of Mind: Why the Origins of the Achievement Gap Matter for Justice with John L. Rury (Chicago, 2018); Rights, Race, and Recognition (Cambridge, 2009); and Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme to Reason with Tommie Shelby (Open Court, 2005). His scholarship has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Sahar Heydari Fard (Ohio State, Philosophy)
Dr. Heydari Fard's work lies at the intersection of social and behavioral sciences, social and political philosophy, and ethics. She is a member of the CEHV steering committee.