Welcome and Opening Remarks by Karen R. Lawrence, President, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

Panel 1: A New Gilded Age: Understanding Contemporary American Inequality
Moderator: Luisa Heredia, Woodward Chair in Public Policy, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

Achievement Gaps Arise from Opportunity Gaps
Prudence L. Carter, Professor of Education and Sociology, and Faculty Director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Socio-Economic Inequality and Its Representations: Context and Pretext
Rick Fantasia, Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Social Sciences, Smith College, Northampton, MA

People Create Change: Why Public Policy, Government and a Liberal Arts Education Matter in the Fight Against Inequality
Andrew White, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning & Measurement, New York City Administration for Children's Services, New York, NY

Keynote Address:
Practicing the Humanities in the Face of Injustice: Lessons from Benjamin, Marx, and Ishiguro
Nancy Fraser, Henry A. & Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics, New School for Social Research


Panel 2: The Liberal Arts and Democratic Inclusion in American History
Moderator: Barbara Schecter, Director, Graduate Program in Child Development/Psychology, Sarah Lawrence College

Liberal Education as a Vocation: 19th Century Practices for 21st Century Institutions
Thomas Augst, Associate Professor of English and Acting Director of Digital Humanities, New York University

The Fate of the Liberal Arts in the Neo-Liberal University: Adaptation, Critique, Re-Configuration
Donald Pease, The Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities, and Chair of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, Dartmouth College

Panel 3: Access to Liberal Arts Education and (In)equality
Moderator: Marek Fuchs, Writing Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College

Getting to ‘Somewhere Else’ Without A Map: The Role of Liberal Arts Institutions in Addressing Educational Inequality in K-12 Schools
Joshua Bogin, Magnet Director for Springfield Public Schools

Liberal Arts Colleges, Admissions and Disguised Elite Social Reproduction
Joseph Soares, Professor of Sociology, Wake Forest University

What Merit Means: College Admissions, Race, and Inequality in the United States and Britain
Natasha Kumar Warikoo, Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Panel 4: Liberal Arts Institutions Responding to Inequality Today
Moderator: Linwood J. Lewis, Anita Stafford Chair in Service Learning, Psychology Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College

The Critical Role Colleges Can Play in Stabilizing and Renewing Low-Income Communities Around Them, While Ground-truthing the Liberal Arts Experience
Rick Magder, Founding Executive Director, Groundwork Hudson Valley and Executive Director, Groundwork USA

The Fundamental Inequality
Randy Stoecker, Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin

Cultivating a New Generation of Social Justice Activists
Mark Warren, Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts

Concluding Reflections:
The Liberal Arts in an Unequal Society
David Peritz, Politics Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College

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