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June 20, 2008

As many Americans celebrate "Juneteenth," a special day of recognition commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, BILL MOYERS JOURNAL examines racial inequality in America through the prisms of the legacy of slavery and the current socio-economic landscape. Historical and cultural sociologist Orlando Patterson and Glenn C. Loury, an economist and expert on race and social division offer their perspectives in this ground breaking electoral year.

Orlando Patterson

Orlando Patterson, a historical and cultural sociologist, is John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. His academic interests include the culture and practice of freedom; the comparative study of slavery and ethno-racial relations; the sociology of underdevelopment with special reference to the Caribbean; and the problems of gender and familial relations in the black societies of the Americas. He is especially interested in the ways that cultural processes relate to poverty and other social outcomes.

Photo by Robin Holland Professor Patterson is the author of, among others, SLAVERY AND SOCIAL DEATH (1982); FREEDOM IN THE MAKING OF WESTERN CULTURE (1991); and THE ORDEAL OF INTEGRATION (1997) A public intellectual, Professor Patterson was, for eight years, Special Advisor for Social Policy and Development to Prime Minister Michael Manley of Jamaica. He was a founding member of Cultural Survival, one of the leading advocacy groups for the rights of indigenous peoples, and was for several years a board member of Freedom House, a major civic organization for the promotion of freedom and democracy around the world. The author of three novels, he has published widely in journals of opinion and the national press, especially the NEW YORK TIMES, where he was recently a guest columnist for several weeks.

Glenn C. Loury

Photo by Robin Holland Glenn C. Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. Professor Loury is a distinguished academic economist who has contributed to a variety of areas in applied microeconomic theory: welfare economics, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics, and the economics of income distribution.

In addition to this scholarly work, Professor Loury is also a prominent social critic and public intellectual. His over 200 essays and reviews on racial inequality and social policy have appeared in dozens of influential journals of public affairs in the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, was for many years a contributing editor at THE NEW REPUBLIC, and currently serves on the editorial advisory boards of THE AMERICAN INTEREST.

Professor Loury's books include ONE BY ONE, FROM THE INSIDE OUT: ESSAYS AND REVIEWS ON RACE AND RESPONSIBILITY IN AMERICA (1995 – winner of the American Book Award); THE ANATOMY OF RACIAL INEQUALITY (2002); and, ETHNICITY, SOCIAL MOBILITY AND PUBLIC POLICY: COMPARING THE US AND THE UK (2005).

Published on June 20, 2008.

Guest photos by Robin Holland

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References and Reading:
Orlando Patterson
Orlando Patterson's Page, Harvard University

"The Red Phone in Black and White ,"Orlando Patterson, THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 11, 2008.

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