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Congressman Robert Scott, Scholars  Host African American Economic Summit at Howard University

Forum Addresses Policies and Legislative Options in Obama’s Second Term

WASHINGTON (January 28, 2013) – A national summit of scholars from universities and policy think tanks will meet at Howard University for the Fourth Annual African American Economic Summit at Armour J. Blackburn Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1.

Discussions at the summit will center on persistent racial disparities in U.S. society and possible policy options during President Obama’s second term. The event is open to the public but space is limited so registration is required.

Scholars from leading universities including Duke, Howard, Georgetown, the New School, the University of Pennsylvania and John Jay College, and think tanks such as the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Brookings Institution will address wealth and income disparities, unemployment and labor policies, housing, health, education and the treatment of returning veterans. U.S.

Representative Robert “Bobby” Scott, D-Va., and Bernard E. Anderson of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School will examine the current economic crisis, especially with regard to its impact on African Americans, and offer policy prescriptions for Obama’s second term.

Distinguished scholar and policy expert James “Jim” Carr, who has served in senior positions with the Opportunity Agenda, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and Fannie Mae, will speak on the challenges that continue to afflict the housing market. Carr will serve as the summit’s luncheon speaker.

Scholars from Duke University’s Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality, including Margaret Gayle and Dr. Rhonda Sharpe will participate. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies will be represented by President & CEO Ralph Everett and Dr. Wilhelmina Leigh, an expert on wealth accumulation and housing policy.

Other presenters at the day-long summit will include Howard University faculty member Dr. William Spriggs, until recently assistant secretary of Labor for Policy and currently chief economist for the AFL-CIO, as well as Drs. Charles Betsey, Rodney Green, Haydar Kurban and Omari Swinton from the Howard University Department of Economics; Dr. Lorenzo Morris and Jonathan Hutto from the Howard University Department of Political Science; Duke University economist Dr. William Darity, known for his advocacy of a federal job guarantee for all workers.

According to summit organizers, the event will provide an array of innovative policy options aimed at driving informed advocacy for progressive social change and to create alternative thinking to the deadlocked and polarized “inside the Beltway” policy discourse. 

The event will be live streamed from a link at http://www.coas.howard.edu/economics

For more information, contact Janet Griffin-Graves at (202) 865.8582 or via email at jrgriffin-graves@howard.edu


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