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Barriers To Black Progress: Structural, Cultural, Or Both?

New York, NY - February 8th, 2019

Speakers: Jason L. Riley, Dr. Glenn Loury, Howard Husock, Michael Fortner, Coleman Hughes, Ian Rowe.

How do we explain today’s disparities in progress for Black America? On February 8, senior fellow Jason Riley joined Brown University’s Glenn Loury to discuss Dr. Loury’s reflections on the persistence of racial inequality (the subject of a forthcoming Manhattan Institute paper), followed by a panel conversation.

Despite the tremendous progress made by many African-Americans over the past half-century, the black community continues to experience disproportionate hardship on measures such as poverty, college completion, crime, and out-of-wedlock births. How do we explain today’s disparities in progress for Black America? Are they the products of structural injustices, cultural forces, some synthesis of the two, or other as-yet-unidentified factors?

9:00 – 9:10 AM


Jason Riley, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

9:10 – 9:50 AM


Glenn Loury, Merton Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences, Brown University

Jason Riley, MI

9:50 – 10:50 AM


Michael Fortner, Assistant Professor of Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center

Coleman Hughes, Class of 2020, Columbia University

Howard Husock, Vice President for Research & Publications, Manhattan Institute

Ian Rowe, Chief Executive Officer, Public Preparatory Network

10:50 – 11:00 AM


Glenn Loury, Brown University