Race in America, race in Australia
7 June 2010
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The election in 2008 of Barack Obama as the first African-American President of the United States and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology to the stolen generations were watersheds in the history of race relations in both countries. But political and policy tensions continue to surround African-Americans and indigenous Australians in both countries and race relations in Australia and the US span broader issues in both societies including multiculturalism, immigration, security and inequality.
Glenn Loury, one of the US’s most influential African-American public intellectuals and a distinguished economist on race and inequality, and Waleed Aly, one of Australia’s most sought after voices on multiculturalism, spoke to former NSW Premier Bob Carr about these issues at this event.
Glenn Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. He has taught previously at Boston, Harvard and Northwestern Universities, and the University of Michigan. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and Vice President of the American Economics Association. He presented The DuBois Lectures at Harvard University in 2000 on “The Economics and the Ethics of Racial Classification”.
Waleed Aly is Lecturer in Politics at the Global Terrorism Research Centre at Monash University. A delegate to the Future Summit he addressed the Australian Davos Connection’s Leadership Retreat. Aly’s views on Islam and Australian multiculturalism are eagerly sought by the media, politicians and the general public.
Bob Carr is the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history. He was a journalist with ABC Radio and The Bulletin before entering politics. Elected as Member for Maroubra in 1983, he was Minister for Planning and Environment and Minister for Heritage in the Wran and Unsworth Governments. He was elected Premier in March 1995 and retired from politics in 2005 after 10 years as Premier.
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