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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.


Bruce McEwen Rockefeller University and 
Craig McEwen Bowdoin College

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


12/12/2019 Reverberations of Inequality Workshop

A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions, the Punishment Continuum, and the Way Forward
Featuring Alexes Harris (University of Washington)


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.


Samuel Moyn
Yale University

Human Rights Are Not Enough

Upcoming: SAMUEL MOYN on the failure of the international human rights movement to address material inequalities.

Samuel Moyn

 Yale University Dept. of History

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

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics

THE AGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS HAS BEEN KINDEST TO THE RICH, argues historian and legal scholar SAMUEL MOYN. Drawing on his book Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World, Moyn examines why, even as state violations of political rights garnered unprecedented attention due to human rights campaigns, the commitment of states to material equality evaporated. He charts how, in the wake of two world wars and the collapse of empires, new nations attempted to take the welfare state beyond its European and American homelands and to challenge inequality on a global scale – only to be foiled by the emergence of market fundamentalism as the dominant force in national and global economies. Exploring why the rise of human rights has occurred alongside enduring and exploding inequality, and why activists came to seek remedies for indigence without challenging wealth, Moyn calls for more ambitious ideals and movements to achieve a humane and equitable world.