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Social Critic Glenn Loury to Speak on Obama

January 19, 2010 11:30 AM
Kathryn Hobgood khobgood@tulane.edu

Distinguished economist and social critic Glenn C. Loury will speak at Tulane University on Thursday (Jan. 21) at 4 p.m. in room 212 of the Lavin-Bernick Center as part of the Yates Lecture series sponsored by the Murphy Institute.

Loury's address, "Obama Is No King: On the Fracturing of the Black Prophetic Tradition," is free and open to the public.

A widely recognized social critic and award-winning writer, Loury is the author of The Anatomy of Racial Inequality and One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America, for which he won the American Book Award.

A distinguished economist at Brown University, Loury has contributed to a variety of areas in applied microeconomic theory: welfare economics, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics, and the economics of income distribution.

His more than 200 essays and reviews on racial inequality and social policy have appeared in dozens of influential journals of public affairs in the United States and abroad.

Loury also is a frequent commentator on national radio and television and an adviser on social issues to business and political leaders throughout the country. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, was for many years a contributing editor at The New Republic, and currently serves on the editorial advisory board of The American Interest.

The Mary C. Parker Yates Lecture was endowed in 1996 by Rebecca Yates Velander, a 1989 alumna of the Murphy Institute, in memory of her mother. Designed to promote universitywide discussion of issues of current concern, the annual Yates Lecture brings leading thinkers and public figures to the Tulane campus.

For more information, e-mail Margaret Keenan or call 504-862-3236.