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News and Opportunities
Ending Poverty with Technology

Will robots, automation, and technology eliminate work and increase poverty? Or can technology instead be used to reduce – perhaps even end – poverty?  The CPI’s Poverty and Technology Lab will be rolled out with a new course, led by CPI director David Grusky, in which students are asked to design and build interventions to reduce poverty. Enrollment opens on Sunday, Oct. 30. 
CPI in the News

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Inequality and Opportunity

CPI research group leaders Raj Chetty and Emmanuel Saez and Glory Liu discuss inequality, opportunity, and social mobility during the "Election 2016" course, offered this fall at Stanford. The course attempts to make sense of an election that defies all historical precedent.

America's Poverty Course
Do you need a crash course on poverty and inequality? It’s not too late to enroll in our free online course featuring forty of the country’s top scholars. Course professor David Grusky will be joining the discussion forum on Tuesday, November 15 to answer student questions. Sign up here.
The Race Between Education and Technology

Harvard professor Lawrence Katz explores the relationship between schooling, inequality, and technological change in this five-minute video from the course.

Talks and Events
United Nations Association Film Festival 

The United Nations Association Film Festival is screening 60 documentaries at Stanford from October 26-30. The festival addresses themes of poverty and inequality in such films as Code Oakland, Agents of ChangeClinica de Migrantes, and Last Day of Freedom.

Wednesday, October 26 - Sunday, October 30, Stanford University
Race, Inequality, and Language in Education Conference

This two-day research conference hosted by the Graduate School of Education examines how race, inequality, and language intersect and impact education.

Friday, October 28 - Saturday, October 29, Center for Educational Research at Stanford
Assessing Mobile Health Interventions

University of Michigan professor Susan Murphy considers what kind of context and timing is most useful for delivering mobile health interventions. Please RSVP to

Monday, November 7, McClelland Building, Room M104, 12:45pm
Presidential Politics: America Unequal

CPI director David Grusky, research group leader Sean Reardon, and Race Forward research director Dominique Apollon will participate in this panel discussion exploring economic inequality and race in the 2016 presidential election.

Monday, November 7, NVIDIA Auditorium, 7pm
The New York Philharmonic in the Gilded Age

Columbia University professor Shamus Khan explores how cultural participation cemented elite status in late 19th-century America. 

Thursday, November 10, Mendenhall 101, 12:30pm
Crook County

Temple University professor Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve examines racism and injustice in Chicago-Cook County, home to the largest criminal courthouse in the country.

Wednesday, November 30, Brandon Room, Black Community Services Center, 12pm
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The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, is partly supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Elfenworks Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation).

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