AAPSS to Hold Webinar on the Impact of Inequality on Democracy

The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), a COSSA member, will host a virtual conversation ‚ÄúCan Democracy Survive Growing Inequality?‚ÄĚ on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm Eastern time.¬† New York Times columnist David Leonhardt will moderate a conversation with the 2020 AAPSS Fellows: Katherine Cramer, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Eric Foner, Columbia University; Helen Milner, Princeton University; Mario Luis Small, Harvard University and Bruce Western, Columbia University. The discussion will take stock of the current state of racial and socioeconomic inequality in the United States and around the world and suggest public policy opportunities for the…

ASA Webinar Corrects the Record on ‚ÄúRace and Sex Stereotyping‚ÄĚ Executive Actions

The American Sociological Association (ASA), a COSSA governing member, held a webinar on October 20 to respond to recent White House actions prohibiting trainings and other activities that touch on white privilege, structural inequality, and other supposedly ‚Äúdivisive‚ÄĚ concepts (see previous coverage). The webinar ‚ÄúSociology Speaks: Experts Explain the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping‚ÄĚ featured three sociologists, Karyn Lacy of the University of Michigan, Bandana Purkayastha of the University of Connecticut, and Shelley Correll of Stanford University, who corrected the misrepresentations of these concepts in the orders and memoranda and explained how they have contributed to a…

Administration Expands Ban on ‚ÄúPromotion‚ÄĚ of Structural Racism/Sexism to Contractors, Grantees

As part of the Administration‚Äôs ongoing effort to crack down on perceived ‚Äúpolitical correctness‚ÄĚ in government, President Trump issued an executive order on September 22 to ‚Äúcombat offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating.‚ÄĚ This order expands on a recent memorandum from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that required federal agencies to cease funding for training that addresses critical race theory and white privilege (see previous coverage). The executive order applies this prohibition to federal contractors and grant recipients. In addition, it expands the original OMB memo beyond employee training to require that federal…

White House Directs Federal Agencies to Defund Race-Related Trainings for Federal Employees

On September 4, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum calling for federal agencies to cease funding training sessions for federal employees addressing critical race theory and white privilege. The memo alleges that ‚Äúexecutive branch agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to date ‚Äėtraining‚Äô government workers to believe divisive, anti-American propaganda,‚ÄĚ citing unnamed press reports as evidence that ‚Äúemployees across the executive branch have been required to attend trainings where they are told that ‚Äėvirtually all White people contribute to racism‚Äô or where they are required to say that they ‚Äėbenefit from racism.‚Äô‚ÄĚ The…

AERA & AAPSS Briefing Focuses on Inequality and Public Education

The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA), both COSSA members organizations, hosted a Congressional briefing on March 22 entitled, In the Age of Inequality, Does Public Schooling Make a Difference? The event discussed the effects of public schooling since the ‚ÄúColeman Report‚ÄĚ of 1966, a groundbreaking and controversial study that found schools have little influence on inequality in America, and instead students‚Äô growth is determined by their socioeconomic status and race. AAPSS and AERA welcomed four panelists who discussed their research on public schooling‚Äôs influence on the opportunities of underserved youth….


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