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Our Compelling Interests


The United States’ population is in a transformational change: by 2048, it will have a non-white majority. This shift brings with it challenges that have the potential to divide us. The good news is that diversity is a powerful positive force, one that can give the US a competitive advantage in the world. The Center for Social Solutions provides solid research and practical insights to define, leverage, and value diversity so it works for everyone. 

Our Compelling Interests is our book series on the transformational power of diversity.

The overall effort and the book series, Our Compelling Interests, was conceptualized by founding director Dr. Earl Lewis during his tenure as president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The initiative is co-led with Dr. Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Rutgers University—Newark.  

Series Editors, Earl Lewis and Nancy Cantor

Volume I
Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society 

In his essay for the first installment of Our Compelling Interests book series, demographer and author William H. Frey stated, “I am convinced that the United States is in the midst of a pivotal period ushering in extraordinary shifts in the nation’s racial demographic makeup. If planned for properly,” he continued, “these demographic changes will allow the country to face the future with growth and vitality..."

One year later, the question we must now ask ourselves is whether we are indeed planning properly, and what shape that plan must take if we are to be successful and prosperous moving forward together.

Our Compelling Interests book series lays out the premise that for a democracy to thrive, diversity is critical. The initiative comes at a time when we are contemplating a changing societal landscape. The series promises to explore diversity—in racial, socioeconomic, gender, religious, regional, sexual, and other forms—through accessible, sophisticated, and balanced treatments by leading scholars, writers, intellectuals, and commentators. The goal is lively, informed analysis, not social or political bromides. 

Hardcover | September 2016
336 pp.
ISBN: 9780691170480 

Buy Volume I 

The hardcover and eBook editions are also available from Amazon.

Author, Scott E. Page and Series Editors, Earl Lewis and Nancy Cantor

Volume II
The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy

What if workforce diversity is more than simply the right thing to do? What if diversity and inclusion can also improve the bottom line for businesses and other organizations facing complex challenges in the knowledge economy? It can. And The Diversity Bonus shows us how and why. In this volume, Scott Page, Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan and a thought leader whose ideas and advice are sought after by corporations, nonprofits, universities, and governments around the world, makes a clear and pragmatic case for diversity and inclusion.

Hardcover | September 2017
328 pp.
ISBN: 9780691176888

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The hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook editions are also available from Amazon.

Author Eboo Patel, and Series Editors, Earl Lewis and Nancy Cantor

Volume III
Out of Many Faith: Religious Diversity and the American Promise

Will America’s identity as a Judeo-Christian nation shift as dozens of different backgrounds grow in numbers and influence? In what ways will minority religious communities and sells changes a take route American soil? In addressing these and other questions, even Patel shows how America’s promise is a guarantee of equal rights and dignity for all and how that promises the foundation of all of America’s unrivaled strength as a nation. 

This volume also includes incisive commentaries by John Inazu, Robert Jones, and Laurie Patton on American civil religion, faith and law, and the increasing number of nonreligious Americans.

Hardcover | September 2018
240 pp.
ISBN: 9780691189000

Buy Volume III 

The hardcover and eBook editions are also available from Amazon.