FALL COMPAS CONFERENCE: When Do Inequalities Matter?

June 13, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016 to Friday, September 23, 2016
Thompson Library, 11th Floor
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The Center for Ethics and Human Values presents


the 2016-17 COMPAS Program's Fall Conference


When Do Inequalities Matter?


The 2016-17 Inequality COMPAS program kicks off with a major interdisciplinary conference that aims to engage a general audience by focusing on four intersecting policy issues at the heart of debates about inequality today: 
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Neighborhoods and Social Inequality
  • Health Disparities
  • Economic Inequality and Democracy 
These issues raise important questions about poverty and opportunity, individual well-being and institutional justice, and the rights and responsibilities of democratic citizenship. They also cause us to reflect on the social and political effects of class, race, gender, and other factors. To help frame these issues, the opening panel will address the ethical question of when and why inequality matters: are all inequalities equally important? 
We are delighted to welcome Richard Wilkinson for a keynote lecture on themes related to his bestselling book, The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger (Bloomsbury, 2011), co-authored with Kate Pickett.
The conference is free and open to the public, and there is no registration requirement. Faculty, students, and members of the community are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions that interest them.
The Center for Ethics and Human Values encourages research and facilitates public discussion on a wide range of foundational and applied moral questions that connect the research, teaching, and other work pursued at Ohio State.  

Conference Schedule:


Thursday, September 22, 2016

1:15p - 1:30p: Welcoming Remarks

1:30p - 3:00p: Session 1: Why and when does inequality matter?

3:30p - 5:30p: Session 2: Keynote, "Inequality: the enemy between us?"

5:30p - 6:30p: Reception

Friday, September 23, 2016

8:45a - 9:00a: Welcoming Remarks

9:00a - 10:30a: Session 3: Mass Incarceration

10:45a - 12:15p: Session 4: Neighborhoods and Social Inequality

2:00p - 3:45p: Session 5: Health Disparities

4:15p - 5:45p: Session 6: Economic Inequality and Democracy