Race, Equity and Public Policy Conference

Race, Equity and Public Policy: The 2023 Bissell-Heyd Symposium

May 12, 2023 | 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Centre for the Study of the United States, Government & politics, Human rights & justice, Public policy

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This event is taking place in the Campbell Conference Facility at the Munk School, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario.
Day Two: May 12, 2023
8:30 – 9:00am: Coffee and Breakfast
Session 3: The Origins and Costs of Racial Discrimination
9:00 – 9:55 am: Jamein Cunningham (Cornell University)
"Black Lives: The High Cost of Segregation"
10:00 – 10:55 am: Bryn King (University of Toronto)
"Whose best interest? Racism, inequity, and child welfare policy in the Unites States and Canada"
11:00 – 11:55 am: Martin Fizbein (Boston University)
"The Confederate Diaspora"
11:55 – 1:00 pm: Lunch
Session 4: Economic Mobility for Racial Minorites
1:00 – 1:55pm: Elisa Jacome
"Mobility for All: Representative Intergenerational Mobility Estimates over the 20th Century"
2:00 – 2:55pm: Claire Célérier (University of Toronto)
"Finance, Advertising and Fraud: The Rise and Fall of the Freedman's Savings Bank"
2:55 – 3:15pm: Break and Refreshments
Keynote Two
3:15 – 4:15 pm: Keynote | Leah Boustan (Princeton University)
"Streets of Gold: America's Untold Story of Immigrant Success"
Leah Boustan is a Professor of Economics at Princeton University, where she also serves as the Director of the Industrial Relations Section. Her research lies at the intersection between economic history and labor economics. Her first book, Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets (Princeton University Press, 2016) examines the effect of the Great Black Migration from the rural south during and after World War II. Her recent work, including her new book Streets of Gold: America's Untold Story of Immigrant Success (Public Affairs 2022), is on the mass migration from Europe to the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Professor Boustan is co-director of the Development of the American Economy Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She also serves as co-editor at the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Professor Boustan was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 2012 and won the IZA Young Labor Economists Award in 2019.
Sponsored by: The Centre for the Study of the United States in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Rotman School of Management, History Department, Economics Department, Canadian Network of Economic Historians, The People’s History Lab and the L.R.Wilson/R.J. Currie Chair in Canadian Business History, University of Toronto.
Centre for the Study of the United States, Government & politics, Human rights & justice, Public policy


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Leah Boustan

Keynote Speaker, Princeton University