The School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs Graduate Student Association kicked off the year with a pair of lectures given by Professor Leslie McCall on August 31. Professor McCall, a Professor of Sociology and Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, spoke to graduate students from our program and sociology on the complexities and difficulties of studying inequality in the United States.
After the methods symposium, Professor McCall gave a public Coffee & Politics lecture in the Foley Institute, where she discussed her book The Undeserving Rich: American Beliefs about Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution. Professor McCall emphasized the lack of data on mass opinions of inequality, while showing that the measures that are available indicate Americans want less inequality than they think exists.
Professor McCall’s talks were both well attended, and the public lecture filled the Foley Speaker’s Room to capacity. Professor McCall’s book, The Undeserving Rich, is available from the Cambridge University Press. The Graduate Student Association looks forward to another year of strong programming and is currently planning a spring semester speaker’s event.