Poverty & Inequality Talks

Find out about upcoming events related to poverty and inequality at Stanford.

November 2020

A webinar examining how social movements have redefined public space, articulated social justice issues in artistic form, and defied long-standing icons and monuments. 

Friday, November 13, 12pm

A webinar exploring how art and politics work together to reimagine social space, belonging, and power in public spaces and campuses. RSVP here.

Tuesday, November 6, 12:00 PM

October 2020

A conference seeking to understand convulsions of hysteria, politics and performance strategies in light of the upcoming presidential election. 

Thursday, October 29, 3pm

An interdisciplinary panel of Stanford faculty members discuss the ramifications of income inequality. RSVP here

Tuesday, October 6, 12:30 PM

August 2020

A multidisciplinary virtual conference that brings together researchers, school leaders, and local policymakers to discuss how schools can support students during the pandemic. Register here

Thursday, August 27, 8:00am

July 2020

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, discusses the challenges of fiscal policy in the COVID-19 economy. RSVP here

Tuesday, July 21, 12pm

May 2020

A virtual event featuring Stanford faculty addressing the Chinese government's response to the pandemic and how it impacted urban and rural employment and the health care sectors. Register here

Friday, May 15, 10:30am

A virtual event with CPI affiliate Nick Bloom. RSVP here

Tuesday, May 12, 5:00pm

February 2020

Sarah Broom, author of The Yellow House and winner of the 2019 National Book Award, reads from her work and discusses how its blend of memoir, journalism, and historical analysis can help us understand ourselves and our country. RSVP required

Wednesday, February 12, Cubberley Auditorium, 7:30 pm

A panel discussion with leading scholars on arts, race, and incarceration that explores how the arts can illuminate mass incarceration in America.
Wednesday, February 12, Humanities Center Boardroom, 4:00pm

Critically-acclaimed writer and Yale Law School graduate Reginald Dwayne Betts speaks about his trek from incarceration to Yale and the role that grit, perseverance, and literature played in his success.

Tuesday, February 11, Levinthal Hall, Humanities Center, 4:00 p.m.

Designing Algorithms for Social Good

Rediet Abebe, a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, discusses algorithmic and computational techniques to develop two types of interventions, one that takes the form of allocating scarce societal resources and another that takes the form of improving access to information.
Monday, February 3, Fujitsu Conference Room, Gates Building 403, 1:00pm

January 2020

Martha Ryan, Executive Director of Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP), discusses the work of the HPP, the issues facing the low-income and homeless families with which they've worked, and what she sees as some of the most promising pathways forward.

Thursday, January 30, Studio 40, McClatchy Hall, 4:00pm


Young Women’s Freedom Center (YWFC) Executive Director Jessica Nowlan and Research Director Alezandra Melendrez share the work YWFC does, the policies their organization has pushed through, and the pressing issues they’re currently working to change.

Thursday, January 23, Studio 40, McClatchy Hall, 4:00pm

Michael Henry Adams, a Harlem-based architectural and cultural historian, an activist for historic preservation, and tour guide takes us into the Harlem depicted in Jordan Casteel’s paintings and describes the threat gentrification poses to black culture and agency by uprooting and displacing people of color from places like Harlem and Oakland.

Wednesday, January 22, Cantor Arts Center, 4:30pm

Drug Policy Alliance founder Ethan Nadelmann discusses his advocacy for legalizing marijuana, ending mass incarceration and treating drug use and addiction as matters of health rather than criminal justice, as well as his vision for future drug policy reform.

Tuesday, January 21, Stanford Law School, Room 180, 12:45pm

November 2019

Robert Phillips, director of the Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care, discusses PHATE, a population health tool that provides clinicians with a fuller understanding of their patient population in the context of their community.

Tuesday, November 19, Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center, 12:00pm

Harvard University Professor Gita Gopinath leads a discussion on the future of the international monetary system. 

Thursday, November 14, Koret-Taube Conference Center, 4:30pm


Mutale Nkonde, founding executive director of AI For the People, argues that ethics alone will not get us to a human-centered approach to design, deployment, and regulation of advanced technological systems. 

Wednesday, November 13, Building 120, 11:30am

New York University professor Ingrid Gould Ellen discusses the competing goals of urban policy in the context of gentrification, growth controls, and historic preservation. 

Tuesday, November 12, Building 120, 4:30pm

October 2019

Stanford professor Matthew Clair discusses ethical dilemmas in the study of race and class inequalities in the criminal justice system (a talk open to graduate students and postdocs).  

Wednesday, October 30, Crown Quadrangle Building, Stanford Law School, 12pm

The stories of six undocumented young people as they sit in limbo between deportation and a path to citizenship.  

Wednesday, October 23, Eastside College Preparatory School, 4:00pm

A widely acclaimed film about how immigrants have helped to build the American Dream ... and are then excluded from it.

Sunday, October 20, Michell Park Community Center, 5:20pm

A conference dedicated to exploring how race, inequality and language affect schooling.

October 18-19, Center for Educational Research at Stanford

This conference features three days of lectures and panel discussions on the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. in a contemporary global context.

October 11– October 13, Stanford University

U.S. Congresswoman and Stanford alum Zoe Lofgren analyzes the politics and policy of the U.S. health care system... and discusses her personal journey from Stanford to Washington, D.C.

Monday, October 7, Clark Center Auditorium, 12:00 pm

April 2019

Michela Musto theorizes how school processes contribute to the gendered social construction of exceptionalism in early adolescence.

Monday, April 15, CERAS 101, 12pm


November 2018

Join us for a conversation with Annie Lowrey, an economics writer and author of "Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World." 

What's it like to work and serve in rural America? Come and hear from the founders and participants of Spring Initiative, which works with children, youth, and families in the North Mississippi Delta.

University of Michigan professor Erin Cech shows how professional cultures within STEM fields can disadvantage women and other underrepresented groups.

Wednesday, November 7, location TBA, 4:15pm

Can professionals stay in the game even as their jobs are de-professionalized by automation and AI? Check out Vivienne Ming’s take on this key question.

Monday, November 5, location TBA, 7:30pm

October 2018

Northwestern University professor Aldon Morris argues that W.E.B. Du Bois should be recognized as the founding father of scientific sociology in the United States.

Thursday October 4, Building 120, Studio 40, 12:30pm

University of Southern California professor Elda María Román reveals how comparative ethnic studies allows us to understand why particular narratives have arisen to make sense of and to render conflicts in a stratified society.

Wednesday, October 3, Black Community Services Center, 12pm

September 2018

Interested in becoming involved with the Center on Poverty and Inequality? Join us at our fall open house! Please drop by to meet our staff and learn more about what we do. No RSVP required.

Thursday, September 27, 4:30-6:00pm, Building 370

August 2018

This symposium explores how AI and tech can help address problems of access and inequity in health care.

Wednesday, August 22, location TBA, 9am

June 2018

Brookings Institution researcher Bill Frey examines the demographic makeup of millennials and discusses the impacts resulting from these demographic shifts.

June 22, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Room 130, 1pm

The city of Bradford has some of the highest rates of childhood illness in the United Kingdom. Why? University of Leeds lecturer Liam JB Hill examines the disturbing case of Bradford using a longitudinal birth cohort study.

Monday, June 11, Encina Hall, Philippines Conference Room C330, 12pm

Do you find yourself asking “why is this happening?” If so, you should come to a conference—loaded with superstars—devoted to figuring out the social mechanisms and microdynamics behind key social outcomes.

Thursday June 7 – Friday June 8, Koret-Taube Conference Center 

May 2018

One in three households in the United States can’t meet its basic energy needs. CPI visiting scholar Diana Hernández outlines policy options to address this hidden hardship.

Wednesday, May 23, Building 360, Conference Room, 12:30pm

How can we reawaken the dormant 19th-century spirit of liberal reform? Glen Weyl presents bold new ways to organize markets for the good of everyone. 

Thursday, May 17, Sapp Center for Science Teaching and Learning, 7pm

Using data covering 20 million children and their parents, CPI research group leader Raj Chetty explores how race currently shapes opportunity in the United States and how these disparities can be reduced.

Thursday, May 17, McClatchy Hall, Room S40, 12:30pm

CPI visiting scholar Asaf Levanon explores the underlying causes of the rising rates of working poverty in Germany and Israel.

Thursday, May 17, Building 360, Conference Room, 12pm

Stanford professor Ana Raquel Minian examines the experiences of migrants who belonged to communities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Thursday, May 10, Building 360, Conference Room, 4pm

Are you curious about the growing use of the term ‘Latinx’? Join this conversation to learn more about the politics surrounding its increasing popularity. 

Wednesday, May 9, Building 360, Conference Room, 5pm

Harvard professor and CPI affiliate Claudia Goldin discusses policies to enable dual-career families, focusing on the importance of “temporal flexibility” and ways to decrease its costs.

Tuesday, May 1, Koret-Taube Conference Center, 4:30pm

Harvard professor and CPI affiliate Bruce Western tells the stories of men and women leaving prison for neighborhoods around Boston.

Tuesday, May 1, Stanford Law School, Room 190, 12:45pm

April 2018

Princeton professor and CPI research group leader Kathryn Edin talks about building a child support system that works … even for complex families.

Tuesday, April 24, Bishop Auditorium, Lathrop Library, 7:30pm

Do you want to find out about the latest applications of algorithms in criminal justice? Come to Stanford professor Sharad Goel’s talk on algorithms, fairness, and privacy. 

Wednesday, April 11, Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room, 12pm

March 2018

Come hear the country's top experts deliver a comprehensive assessment of where the country stands on key poverty and inequality outcomes. This year’s focus: gender inequality.

Friday March 16, Cemex Auditorium, 9:30am

UC-Berkeley professor Paul Pierson assesses the links between economic and political inequality in the United States.

Wednesday March 7, location TBA, 7:30pm

February 2018

This two-day conference explores the macro trends and practical technologies shaping our global society.

Thursday, February 15 – Friday, February 16, McCaw Hall

Princeton University professor Ellis Monk explores how skin color shapes life chances in the United States and Brazil.

Thursday, February 15, Mendenhall 101, 12:30pm

Yale professor Riché Barnes explores how black women have continued to survive and thrive despite oppression in the work force and in their homes and communities. 

Tuesday, February 13, Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall, 4:15pm

Leading experts discuss some of the most pressing issues and promising practices in education policy, including segregation, inequality, achievement gaps, teacher policies, and research practice partnerships. 

Monday, February 12, CERAS 101, 8am

Come hear children’s rights Kailash Satyarthi, who was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

Thursday, February 8, location TBA, 6pm

Do you want to learn more about the role of clinical neuropsychology in determining sentencing? Come to a talk by Antonio Puente, professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Wednesday, February 7, Black Community Services Center, Brandon Room, 12pm

Following a brief discussion of recent research findings, Latino entrepreneurs discuss the ups and downs of running their businesses.

Wednesday, February 7, CEMEX Auditorium, 10am

Santa Fe Institute professor Samuel Bowles examines why good incentives are no substitute for good citizens.

Monday, February 5, Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Room, 5:30pm

January 2018

How do caseworkers and judges decide to remove children from their parents and place them in foster care? How could the system be changed for the better? A conversation with Larissa MacFarquhar, Zabrina Aleguire, and Michael S. Wald.

Thursday, January 25, Stanford Law School, Room 190, 5:30pm

Drawing on interviews with Hispanic-origin immigrants in Dallas, Cornell University professor Asad L. Asad explores how immigrants respond to the risk of deportation. 

Thursday, January 18, Mendenhall 101, 12:30pm

Harvard University professor Elizabeth Hinton examines the implementation of federal law enforcement programs beginning in the mid-1960s that laid the groundwork for the mass incarceration of American citizens.

Thursday, January 18, Lane History Corner, 307, 12pm

Dorian T. Warren and Mia Birdsong discuss MLK’s perspective on guaranteed income, universal basic income and reparations, the Movement for Black Lives, and much more in this wide-ranging conversation on basic income and racial justice.

Tuesday, January 16, Tresidder Union, Oak Lounge, 5:30pm

Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta is an American labor leader and activist who cofounded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. Hear her speak at this year’s Kieve lecture!

Thursday, January 11, CEMEX Auditorium, 7pm

December 2017

Learn about two very different strategies for making democratic political systems more accessible and accountable. A talk by Arisha Michelle Hatch of Color of Change and Adam Jacoby of MiVote.

Wednesday, December 13, Bechtel Conference Center, 5pm

November 2017

Stanford professor Guadalupe Valdés examines the challenges in providing formal language instruction to both newly arrived and established immigrants.

Wednesday, November 29, Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room, 12pm

CPI research group leader Matthew Desmond tells the story of eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Drawing on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, Desmond transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation.

Tuesday, November 28, Koret-Taube Conference Center, 7:30pm

University of Pennsylvania professor Dylan Small examine the effect of playing high school football on later life cognition and mental health. 

Monday, November 27, MBA Class of 1968 Building, Room C105, 1:10pm

Learn more about the dreams and struggles of Asian Americans who have made their homes in Silicon Valley suburbia. A lecture by University of Maryland professor Willow Lung-Amam.

Wednesday, November 15, Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room, 12pm

The 2017–18 symposium series at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences explores how technological innovations require rethinking governance, legal regimes, economic institutions, and social relations.

Tuesday, November 14, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 5:30pm

Check out a policy forum hosted by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research on charter schools, achievement gaps, and other key issues in K–12 education.

Friday, November 10, Koret-Taube Conference Center, 10:25am

UCSF professor Rita Hamad examines the effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit on child health and development.

Friday, November 3, UCSF, MH-1401/1402, 12:30pm

More than 70 years after the publication of Black Metropolis, Northwestern University professor Mary Pattillo shows how it remains a breakthrough account of the experiences and outcomes of many African Americans.

 Wednesday, November 1, CERAS 101, 12:30pm

October 2017

Did you know that the Mission District has—for more than a half-century—been home to an influential Latino arts movement? Learn more from professor Cary Cordova of the University of Texas at Austin. 

Tuesday, October 24, Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room, 5:15pm

Academics and journalists come together to discuss the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley, the plight of immigrant laborers, the human fallout of the gig economy, and the role of data in discrimination.

Friday, October 20, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 8:30am

University of Chicago professor Forrest Stuart discusses policing and everyday life among the urban poor.

Thursday, October, 19, Mendenhall 101, 12:30pm

The United Nations Association Film Festival is screening dozens of documentaries at Stanford from October 19-29. The festival addresses themes of poverty and inequality in such films as Tell Them We Are RisingUndocumented, and Even in Darkness.

Thursday, October 19 – Sunday, October 29, Stanford University

NYU Shanghai professor Almaz Zelleke examines the relationship between a universal basic income and gender justice. 

Wednesday, October 18, Cubberley Auditorium, 5:30pm

Michael Kirst, the president of the California State Board of Education, provides an overview of California State school reform.

Monday, October 16, CERAS Learning Hall, 12pm

How is inequality connected to our schools, our governments, and even the taxes we pay? CPI research group leader Emmanuel Saez presents evidence on income and wealth inequality.

Tuesday, October 10, Science Teaching & Learning Center, Room 111, 7:30pm

This conference explores the economic, social, and political impact of the changing nature of work.

Friday, October 6, Arrillaga Alumni Center, 8:30am

UCLA professor Jennie Brand explains why not all divorces are created equal. 

Thursday, October 5, Mendenhall 101, 12:30pm

How should mental health services be delivered to American Indian communities? A public talk by University of Michigan professor Joseph Gone.

Tuesday, October 3, Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room, 4pm

ETH Zürich professor Peter Buhlmann explores how heterogeneity in large-scale data can be exploited for causal inference and more robust prediction.

Monday, October 2, MBA Class of 1968 Building, Room C105, 1:10pm

June 2017

The country’s experts deliver a comprehensive assessment of where the country stands on key poverty and inequality outcomes. This year’s focus: racial and ethnic inequality.

Friday, June 16, Koret-Taube Conference Center, 10am

CPI affiliate William Julius Wilson examines the growing association between income inequality and income segregation and how this relationship is exacerbated by racial segregation.

Thursday, June 8, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 5:30pm

Stanford professor Sam Wineburg delivers the keynote address at the end of the year celebration for Technology for Equity in Learning Opportunities at Stanford.

Monday, June 5, CERAS Learning Hall, 5:30pm

May 2017

Tom Kealey discusses his debut book, Thieves I’ve Known, which chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the young and marginalized as they discover many ways of growing up. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017, Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room, 7:30pm

This panel considers how technology can be brought to bear on problems of urban exclusion, inequality, and injustice.

Thursday, May 25, Stanford Humanities Center, 4pm

The Center for Population Health Sciences is hosting a conference on children, immigration, health, education, and advocacy.

Thursday, May 25, Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center, 7:45 am

UC-Berkeley professor Armando Lara-Millán explores the changes underway in our criminal justice and public welfare systems.

Thursday, May 18, Mendenhall 101, 12:30pm

Why does U.S. literature spotlight racist villains and heroes during periods of institutional change? A lecture by University of Alabama professor Jolene Hubbs explores race and the elite imagination.

Wednesday, May 17, Black Community Services Center, 12pm

Drawing on his experience as a public defender, Yale University professor James Forman Jr. considers how the U.S. criminal justice system became so punitive.

Tuesday, May 9, Paul Brest Hall, 5pm

Stanford professor Sharad Goel describes recent applications of algorithms in criminal justice and considers the technical, ethical, and legal issues. 

Thursday, May 4, Building 200, Room 002, 7:30pm

April 2017

New York Times writers Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn share their experiences of reporting the unusual story of how thousands of Canadian citizens essentially adopted Syrian refugees.

Tuesday April 25, CEMEX Auditorium, 7pm

New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Leonhardt is in town! Join him for a discussion of the big data revolution in journalism and the secrets of story-telling with data.

Tuesday, April 25, CEMEX Auditorium, 1:30pm

Leading experts from business, policy, and academia discuss how to rethink our criminal justice system.

Friday, April 21, SIEPR Gunn Building, Koret-Taube Conference Center, 11:15am

San Jose State University professor Alessandro De Giorgi draws on a study of ex-prisoners in Oakland to explore the cycle of incarceration and reentry.

Thursday, April 20, Stanford Law School, Room 285, 12:45pm

Duke University professor Martin Ruef examines trends in occupational mobility among U.S. blacks between 1880 and 1940.

Wednesday, April 19, 505 Lasuen Mall, Barnum Hub, 12pm

University of Southern California professor Josh Kun examines how a city’s music reveals histories of marginalization, displacement, cultural change, and community place-making.

Wednesday, April 19, Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room, 12pm

New York University senior fellow Ajay Chaudry lays out the case for a comprehensive reimagining of America’s early childhood policies.

Tuesday, April 18, CERAS Learning Hall, 3pm