2024 Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture with Cecilia Conrad CEO, Lever for Change

Economist Cecilia Conrad, the founder and chief executive officer of Lever for Change and senior advisor at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will present the annual Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
In her lecture, “Philanthropy, Wealth Redistribution and Equity,” Conrad will interrogate philanthropic practices that reinforce racialized inequality and explore evolving practices in the field of philanthropy to make giving more equitable. She will draw on her experience as an economist in academia & philanthropy to examine how race & gender impact economic status. 

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Statement on Racist Violence and Social Exclusion

Black Lives Matter. We declare and affirm this truth in the face of any verbal or material attempt to deny it. The current tragedies and structures of violence, exclusion and exploitation of Black people were made by human actors.  They date back to colonial times and slavery but persist to today. Teaching and research in the economics profession have often served to legitimize such structures portraying them as the outcome of the free and fair play of the market. The UMass Economics Department has a long tradition of research dedicated to uncovering structures of oppression, exploitation, exclusion and violence. This tradition must be rethought and adapted to place racial injustice at the center, as a dimension that should not be overlooked.

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