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East Tennessee Hosts Leading Voices Lecture to Address Economic Inequality Related to Race

The second talk in this academic year’s Leading Voices in Public Health Lecture series through East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health will take place Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Millennium Center in Johnson City.

Dr. Thomas Shapiro, director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University, will present “Toxic: Economic Inequality Meets Racial Injustice” as this year’s Justice, Health and Humanities lecture.

Shapiro is also a professor of law and social policy at The Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis. A leader in the wealth and race field with a particular focus on closing the racial wealth gap, Shapiro’s primary interest is in racial inequality and public policy.

His most recent book, “Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide & Threatens Our Future,” was released in March. He also co-wrote the award-winning “Black Wealth/White Wealth,” which received the 1997 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association, and in 2004, authored “The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality.”

Additionally, Shapiro co-authored the groundbreaking study, “The Roots of the Widening Racial Wealth Gap: Explaining the Black-White Economic Divide,” and, in 2011, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study the wealth gap in South Africa.

Prior to the lecture, a meet-and-greet reception with Shapiro will begin at 5:15 p.m.

The event, co-sponsored by the College of Public Health and ETSU’s Department of Philosophy and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public. It will also be available via livestream at www.etsu.edu/cph/livestream.php.

For more information, call 423-439-4243 or visit www.etsu.edu/cph/speakersseries.aspx. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.