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March 31 deadline GC Inequality Workshop

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One-week workshop on socio-economic inequalities June 1-6, 2015 sponsored by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Center, and The Century Foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative

The LIS Center at the CUNY Graduate Center is now accepting applications for a new workshop — titled Inequality by the Numbers — to take place June 1-6, 2015. The workshop will be held in the Martin E. Segal Theater at the Graduate Center, located at 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street) in Manhattan.

This inaugural workshop will take a broad approach to the study of socio-economic inequalities — spanning inequalities in income, wealth, employment, caring labor, education, and happiness. Instructors will focus on inequalities through multiple lenses including gender, class, race, and immigration status. Disparities will be considered in multiple geographic contexts: across the U.S. states, across countries, and globally.

This workshop is targeted on PhD students and early-career scholars, working in a range of social science disciplines — especially economics, sociology, and political science — and with a keen interest in socio-economic inequalities. We also welcome applications from interested persons from other settings, including journalism, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Applicants should be comfortable with presentations and readings that rely on quantitative research/analytic methods. About 40 applicants will be selected.

The workshop will have two components.

The first five days (Monday to Friday, June 1-5, 9am to 5pm each day) will feature 15 lectures and presentations, with time allowed for questions, discussions, and research project consultations. The instructors include Janet Gornick, Conchita D’Ambrosio, Louis Chauvel, Michael Förster, Branko Milanovic, John Mollenkopf, Paul Attewell, Richard Alba, Ruth Milkman, Sarah Bruch, Jeff Madrick, David Howell, Leslie McCall, Nancy Folbre, and Andrew Clark. A reading list will be available in advance of the workshop.

The sixth day (Saturday, June 6, 10am to 5pm) — held in a computer lab — will be a day of “hands-on” instruction focused on learning to access and use income, employment, and wealth microdata available through LIS, the cross-national data archive. This Saturday session will be overseen by Thierry Kruten, LIS Director of Operations and IT Director. He will be assisted by Graduate Center PhD students and others experienced with the LIS data.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the entire workshop (with the sixth day being entirely optional), although some persons will be admitted who expect to attend only select sessions. Those who attend the June 1-5 portion of the workshop in full will receive a Certificate of Workshop Completion.

There is no fee for attending the workshop, and lunches will be provided. There will be a fee for an optional evening dinner. Attendees from outside of New York City are responsible for arranging and funding their own accommodation and travel.

The workshop, administered by the Luxembourg Income Study Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, is overseen by Workshop Director Janet Gornick and Workshop Associate Director Berglind Hólm Ragnarsdóttir.

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The workshop is funded by The Century Foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative and the CUNY Graduate Center’s Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC).

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