Askwith Forum: Income Inequality and America’s Schools

A panel discussion of

Restoring Opportunity:
The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education

featuring authors GREG J. DUNCAN and RICHARD MURNANE

and panelists:


moderated by PAUL REVILLE


This event includes a book signing


February 13, 2014
6:30 PM


Askwith Hall
Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Askwith Forum, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Harvard Book Store are pleased to welcome GREG J. DUNCAN and RICHARD MURNANE for a panel discussion of their book Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education. 

The panel will be moderated by Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, and will feature discussants, Harvard professor Martha Minow, Chicago Tribune writer Clarance page, and Vice President of K-12 Policy for the Educational Trust Sonja Brookins Santelises. 

As the incomes of affluent and poor families have diverged over the past three decades, so too has the educational performance of their children.  This striking trend threatens the nation’s future, both because it reduces the economic growth that supports increases in standards of living and because it jeopardizes the upward socioeconomic mobility that has held the country together.  Panelists will discuss interventions that have proven effective and a set of building blocks for an American solution as detailed in Duncan and Murnane’s latest book, Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education.

Greg Duncan
Greg Duncan

Greg Duncan

Greg Duncan was elected president of the Population Association of America for 2008 and president of the Society for Research in Child Development for 2009-2011. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. In 2013, he was award the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize.

Richard Murnane
Richard Murnane

Richard Murnane

Richard Murnane, an economist, is the Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2011, Murnane and his colleague, John Willett, published the book Methods Matter: Improving Causal Inference in Educational and Social Science Research. Murnane coedited (with Greg Duncan) the 2011 volume, Whither Opportunity: Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life Chances (Russell Sage). Harvard Education Press published Duncan and Murnane’s own book on this topic, Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education, in January 2014.


Askwith Hall
Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 10 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and look for the newsstand Crimson Corner on the right side of the street and Curious George book shop on the left side of the street. Keeping the newsstand to your right, proceed along Brattle St. (you will pass the restaurant Tory Row). Follow Brattle St. as it curves to the right in Brattle Square (follow the sidewalk on the right side of the street). Walk three blocks and turn right on Appian Way. Longfellow Hall is the red brick building on the left. Askwith Hall is located inside Longfellow, on the first floor.

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