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The Other America: Still Separate. Still Unequal.

Friday, January 19, 2018
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Rogel Ballroom Michigan Union Map
This interdisciplinary, day-long event will focus on racial inequality as it manifests in relation to the lived experiences of Black Americans. Throughout the day, panelists will discuss the criminal justice system and state violence against Black people, economic inequality and immobility, inequities in healthcare and education, and issues pertaining to race and the environment. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Center for Political Studies, the Institute for Social Research, Political Scientists of Color, Rackham Graduate School, the School of Public Health and the Departments of Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and History.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we have invited the following distinguished panelists to take part in the day’s events:

Panel 1: Criminal Justice and State Violence against Blacks in the United States (Moderator: Christian Davenport)
9:05 Introduction of panel
9:10 Megan Ming Francis
9:30 Frank Baumgartner
9:50 Andrea Ritchie
10:10 Panel discussion and audience q&a

Panel 2: Income Inequality and Immobility (Moderator: Luke Shaefer)
10:45 Introduction of panel
10:50 Darrick Hamilton
11:10 Becky Pettit
11:30 William Elliott III
11:50 Panel discussion and audience q&a

12:05-1:45 Lunch and Graduate Student Poster Session

Panel 3: Inequality in Urban Spaces (Moderator: Maggie Hicken)
1:45 Introduction of panel
1:50 Mark Rosenbaum
2:10 Paul Mohai
2:30 Abigail Sewell
2:50 Panel discussion and audience q&a

3:30-5 Roundtable conversation featuring all panelists (Moderator: Bankole Thompson, Op-ed columnist, The Detroit News)
Frank Baumgartner, Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Author of The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence (2008), Deadly Justice: A Statistical Portrait of the Death Penalty (2017), and Suspect Citizens: What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tells Us About Policing and Race (Forthcoming).

William Elliot III, professor of social work at the University of Michigan and the founding director of the Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion. Leading research in the fields of children’s savings and college debt. Research interests broadly focused on public policies related to issues of economic inequality and social development. His research has served as the impetus for Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs and policies across the U.S.

Megan Ming Francis, associate professor of political science at the University of Washington. Author of Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State (2014), which won the 2015 American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche in Award for best scholarly work in political science that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism. Currently working on second book project that examines the role of the criminal justice system in the rebuilding of southern political and economic power after the Civil War.

Darrick Hamilton, associate professor of economics and urban policy at The New School for Social Research at The New School. Has written widely on the causes, consequences and remedies of racial and ethnic inequality in economic and health outcomes, which includes an examination of the intersection of identity, racism, colorism, and socioeconomic outcomes.

Paul Mohai, professor at UM's School for Environment and Sustainability. Teaching and research interests are focused on environmental justice, public opinion and the environment, and influences on environmental policy making. He is a founder of the Environmental Justice Program at the University of Michigan and a major contributor to the growing body of quantitative research examining disproportionate environmental burdens and their impacts on low income and people of color communities.

Becky Pettit, professor of sociology at UT Austin. Author of numerous articles focused on social inequality, she is also the author of two books, Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress (2012) and Gendered Tradeoffs: Family, Social Policy, and Economic Inequality in Twenty-One Countries (2009).

Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant and police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, and advocacy around criminalization of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color over the past two decades. She is the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (2017).

Mark Rosenbaum, civil rights attorney and adjunct law professor at UC Irvine, former professor of the practice at UM law. Rosenbaum has been principal counsel in landmark cases in the areas of K-12 public and higher education, voting rights, poverty law and homelessness, racial, gender, class and sexual orientation discrimination, health care, immigrants’ rights, foster care and criminal defendants’ rights. He most recently argued before the Supreme Court in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and is currently lead counsel in a suit against the state of Michigan alleging it has denied Detroit students equal access to literacy.

Abigail Sewell, assistant professor of sociology at Emory University. Scholarship focuses on the political economy of racial health disparities, the social construction of racial health disparities, and quantitative approaches for studying racial inequality and structural racism.

Event Moderator--
Bankole Thompson is an Op-Ed columnist at The Detroit News, where he writes twice-a-week on Monday and Thursday. His column encompass politics, culture and economic issues, and his work also appears in the international media such as The Guardian. A leading voice on race and free speech issues, Thompson, has written extensively about how race and the cultural divides shaped the 2016 presidential campaign and election. His groundbreaking coverage of the 2008 historic presidential campaign led to a series of exclusive sit-down interviews with Barack Obama, as well as authoring two books on the former president. A polemic writer and culture critic, Thompson's work has drawn the ire of leading ideological opponents, culminating in an important first amendment victory in a lawsuit against him and The Detroit News by prominent white supremacist James Edwards, whose lawyer also represents Richard Spencer, founder of the Alt-Right Movement. In recognition of his journalistic contributions, the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library, in 2015 established the "Bankole Thompson Papers, a collection preserving his work for perpetual use by students and scholars.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be held in the Rogel Ballroom on the second floor of the Michigan Union. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact the event’s organizers, Hakeem Jefferson ( and Steven Moore (

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Building: Michigan Union
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: African American, Economics, Politics, Poverty, Public Policy
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Political Scientists of Color (PSOC), The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Department for Afroamerican and African Studies, Center for Political Studies - Institute for Social Research, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Department of Political Science, Department of Psychology