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Ohio Wesleyan University to Host Race, Inequality Expert

October 19, 2007

DELAWARE, OHIO – Thomas Shapiro, Ph.D., author of “The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality,” will present at Ohio Wesleyan Oct.25 as part of the 22nd annual Sagan National Colloquium. Co-sponsored by Black World Studies, the free event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in University Hall’s Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St. The event also will be available online after Oct. 29 at stream.owu.edu.

Shapiro is the Pokross Chair of Law and Social Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management in Waltham, Mass. Focusing his research on inequality and race in the United States, Shapiro also co-authored “Black Wealth/White Wealth.” He earned his Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

“Shapiro brings to the Colloquium insight on how inequality is generated and passed along, linking factors of race and social class with the accumulation of wealth,” said Richard Fusch, Ph.D., co-director of Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium. “It’s an interesting viewpoint that will undoubtedly supplement our ‘urban studies’ focus.”

The theme of this year’s Colloquium is “Cities and Suburbs: Life in a Metropolitan World.” Fourteen nationally acclaimed experts will speak on campus about various theme-related topics through mid-November. Established in 1984, the colloquium was endowed by 1948 Ohio Wesleyan graduates John and Margaret (Pickett) Sagan. A full schedule of this year’s events is available at snc.owu.edu.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.