An analysis led by Brown sociologist Jayanti Owens found that different treatment of black and white students accounted for half of the racial gap in school suspensions and expulsions among 5- to 9-year-old children.
Professor Glenn Loury provided commentary on slavery reparations, saying "Seeing blackness and African descent as some kind of subhuman category, that would legitimate in the land of the free and the home of the brave carrying on a commerce in human chattel... That was a deep and profound injury. It can't be made into a piece of cash."
A new study co-authored by Assistant Professor Jayanti Owens finds that discipline in many classrooms is anything but fair, with punishments often unequal and cutting along racial lines. "It was extraordinarily disturbing and I really didn't want to believe it."
In new research, sociologist Jayanti Owens found that different treatment of black and white students accounted for half of the racial gap in school suspensions and expulsions among 5- to 9-year-old children. "Subconsciously, we all have racial biases in different ways. This is one way in which those biases are manifesting in the classroom," she said.
James Green, director of the Brazil Initiative, comments on the first Pride parade in Brazil following right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro's election. "The parade is really a moment of affirmation and celebration for most people, but it is de facto, in my mind, a confrontation with the policies of Bolsonaro."
Emily Oster in The New York Times, "The differences we see by demographic groups in the United States — the inequality of outcomes for children from poor and rich backgrounds — are driven by a combination of vast differences in experiences."
Economist Emily Oster in The Atlantic, "Put simply, mothers and fathers ought to come clean about the nature of their lives. We can’t fix problems that we pretend don’t exist; we can’t improve the lot of parents at work if we pretend we aren’t parents."
Anthropologist Sarah Besky comments on the wages and management of tea gardens, explaining "that ideally the houses required to be built and maintained by the plantation management - something that rarely, if ever, happens. Whether it is painting the house, or just growing vegetables outside, it is done by the families and 'almost always by the women.'"
Economist John Friedman comments on the SAT test's new adversity rating, saying "For each extra year you spend in a good environment, you do a little better. It’s very powerful when somebody overcomes that."
Tuesday, January 29th's event, Critical Conversations: Experiences of Incarceration in the United States & Syria, hosted by Middle East Studies, was featured in The Providence Journal. "We also wanted to bring into the academic environment the perspective of people who have been imprisoned."
Senior Fellow Stephen Kinzer in Politico, "Now a group of exiled Turkish writers, journalists and political reformers has launched a campaign to win the Nobel Peace Prize for their country’s most prominent cultural activist."
James N. Green, Director of the Brazil Initiative, comments on a bill pending in Brazil's National Congress that would go as far as to bar the use of "gender" in teaching, saying "with the election of Bolsonaro and a more conservative Congress, there is a possibility the bill might get traction."
Professor Rose McDermott says younger women are more sensitive to perceived harassment than older ones. “How we draw the line between inappropriate or patronizing behavior and genuine harassment is really challenging because women themselves don’t agree...Those in-between spaces are getting harder to negotiate.”
A team of university economists, among them Professor Glenn Loury, said Asian-American applicants to Harvard whose grades and test scores were in the top one percent fared worse in "personal" ratings from the school than white applicants in the top 50 percent.