Nearly a century after the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteed their right to vote, women hold less than 20% of the 535 seats in the U.S. Congress. In the private sector, only 14.6% of executive officers, 8.1% of top earners, and 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Continue reading
Sanford’s Professor William A. “Sandy” Darity, Jr. was part of a fascinating discussion on Minnesota Public Radio’s “The Daily Circuit” last week.
The jumping off point is a recent reflection by President Obama in recent town hall remarks:
“Sometimes African Americans, in communities where I’ve worked, there’s been the notion of ‘acting white’ … where, OK, if folks are reading too much, then, well, why are you doing that? Or why are you speaking so properly? And the notion that there’s some authentic way of being black … that has to go.” Continue reading
A recent paper by Duke graduate student Peter McElroy surveys the literature on the Annenberg Challenge, a huge philanthropic school-reform initiative of the late 1990s, and reflects on whether, why, and how it failed.
A couple of weeks ago, when the new mayor of Newark was elected on a platform of opposition to a privately-sponsored school reform, I pointed out that public education has long been a minefield for philanthropy. Like many people who make that sort of observation, I cited the Annenberg Challenge (1995-2000), a half-billion-dollar bundle of grants to overhaul schools in 15 metropolitan areas, along with special initiatives for rural schools and arts education. Matching contributions brought the total cost of the program to $1.2 billion.
Sanford students Danny Heller and Jennifer Shen founded Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators this past year. The organization pairs Duke grad students with local non-profits to work on pro-bono consulting projects. They talk with the Sanford Journal about starting a student organization, working across disciplines, and how chicken and waffles led to inspiration.