CONTACT: SCOTT HAUSER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
National expert on economics and racial inequality lectures at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- One of the nation's most prominent economists who
studies issues of race and inequality will present a lecture on affirmative
action Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the University of Iowa College of Business
Glenn C. Loury, a University Professor of Economics and director of
the Institute on Race and Social Division at Boston University, will present
the lecture, "Should We Care about Racial Inequality, Per Se?"
at 8 p.m. in Room W10 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the
UI department of economics and the Ida Beam Visiting Professor Program.
Loury's talk will present some of the economic and philosophical foundations
behind arguments for a color-blind society, making a qualified case for
some forms of affirmative action.
The author of several books and scholarly articles on economics, race,
and social inequality, Loury has testified several times before the U.S.
Congress on affirmative action and welfare reform.
He holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Ida Beam Visiting Professor Program is funded through a gift from
Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, Iowa, who willed her farm to the UI Foundation
in 1977. Her only UI connection was a relative who graduated from the College
of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established
a fund to bring top scholars in a variety of disciplines to campus for
lectures and discussions.
People interested in attending the lecture but who need an accommodation
in order to participate should contact the department of economics at (319)