Stanford professor to speak about inequality

David Grusky, professor of sociology at Stanford University, will speak on “How to End Poverty … Permanently” at Cornell College at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 in Hedges Conference Room in the Thomas Commons. He will describe his research on the sociology of class and gender inequality in what he calls today’s New Gilded Age.

David Grusky, professor of sociology at Stanford University.
David Grusky, professor of sociology at Stanford University.

Grusky, who is the Barbara Kimball Browning Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford, is visiting campus as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar series, supported by Phi Beta Kappa’s national association. He will speak  on Dec. 7 and will also visit with courses and meet with Cornell students.

In addition to teaching at Stanford, Grusky is Director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality, the California Welfare Laboratory, and the Recession Trends Initiative. He is also co-founder and coeditor of Pathways Magazine, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the author of 10 books, including 2011’s “The New Gilded Age.”

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. Visiting scholars will go to 100 colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society and is the nation’s leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level. Fewer than 10% of the nation’s colleges and universities have chapters. Cornell College’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1923. Additional information about the Visiting Scholar Program can be found on Phi Beta Kappa’s website.