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INEQUALITY has emerged as a key political issue.

There are signs moreover that inequality harms health, diminishes political engagement, and ripples across social life throughout the world. During its 2019-2020 theme year, Reverberations of Inequality, the Andrea Mitchell Center will invite a range of speakers to delve into a growing body of scholarship suggesting that inequality is not simply a matter of skewed wealth. Rather, it is something that permeates our lives, its ripple effects shaping our bodies, minds, social networks, identities, life chances, and capacity to participate in shared institutions. And if some degree of equality is indeed a precondition for democratic participation, how might that conflict with the personal liberties that also underlie democracy? What is the correct balance to strike?


REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY is a year-long program of events organized at the Andrea Mitchell Center by the Reverberations of Inequality Planning Committee: Annette Lareau, Chair (GSE); Regina Austin (Law); Martha Farah (Psychology); Julia Lynch (Political Science); Eric Orts (Wharton); Jeffrey Green, Mitchell Center Director (Political Science); and Matthew Roth, Mitchell Center Assistant Director.

THE ANDREA MITCHELL CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRACY at the University of Pennyslvania aims not just to promote, but to understand, democracy. Global in its outlook, multifaceted in its purposes, the Mitchell Center seeks to contribute to the ongoing quest for democratic values, ideas, and institutions throughout the world. In addition to hosting speakers from the fields of academia, journalism, politics, and public policy, the Mitchell Center supports undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research.  It continues the legacy of the Penn Program for Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, which fostered interdisciplinary scholarship from 2007 to 2017.


01/30/2020 Reverberations of Inequality Workshop

Human Rights in an Unequal World
Featuring Samuel Moyn (Yale University)


Speakers from REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY are now featured in interviews on the Mitchell Center

Podcast. Click here to listen to Brishen Rogers, Joe Soss, David Daley, Bruce and Craig McEwen, and more.


Thursdays (see below for dates), 4:30-6:00 pm • 133 S. 36th Street, Room 250

Upcoming: JASON DEPARLE on migration and its impact on global poverty



Global Migration in the 21st Century

Jason DeParle

  New York Times

Thu. February 20, 4:30–6:00 pm
133 S. 36th Street, Room 250

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics

IN THE EFFORT TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY AROUND THE GLOBE poor people themselves play an active role, often by pursuing work and education in foreign lands where they encounter a mix of opportunity and exploitation.  JASON DEPARLE of The New York Times spent three decades following an extended family of Filipinos migrants as a series of journeys lifted them from shantytown squalor in Manila to a middle-class life in Texas. His new book, A Good Provider is One Who Leaves, offers an intimate look at one family’s transformation and a wide-angled analysis of migration’s global impact, from the billions of dollars the migrants send home to the political shockwaves their movements unleash. Fareed Zakaria calls it "the best book on immigration I’ve read," and The Washington Post ranked it as a top ten book of the year. DeParle will discuss his experiences living with the family in the Manila slums and what their extraordinary journey shows about the rise of global migration.


Copies of Mr. DeParle's book, A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves, will be available for purchase and signing.
An excerpt of the book is available here.


Jason DeParle
New York Times / Author of A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves

Leaving Leveriza: Migration and Its Impact on Global Poverty

Samuel Moyn
Yale University

Human Rights Are Not Enough

Bruce McEwen Rockefeller University and 
Craig McEwen Bowdoin College

Inequality and Early Childhood Adver-sity: Toxic Stress and Its Epigenetic Effects