Toxic Inequality

Thomas Shapiro, Brandeis University


On Thursday, October 5, Professor Thomas Shapiro will speak at Washington University as part of the Weidenbaum Center Forum.

Since the Great Recession, most Americans' standard of living has stagnated or declined. Economic inequality is at historic highs. But, economic inequality differs by race; African Americans' net worth is just a tenth of white Americans, and over recent decades, white families have amassed wealth at three times the rate of black families.  Wealth disparities must be understood in tandem with racial inequities -- that is a key part of why inequality is now toxic.

Professor Thomas Shapiro directs the Institute on Assets and Social Policy and is the Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.  Professor Shapiro's primary interest is in racial inequality and public policy. With Dr. Melvin Oliver, he wrote the award-winning Black Wealth/White Wealth, which received the 1997 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association. 

To register for this event, click here.  You will be redirected to the Department of Sociology website.

This event is cosponsored with Washington University's Department of Sociology and the Brown School of Social Work.


As you may know, the university is undergoing major construction on a parking garage on the east side of campus.  This has dramatically changed the parking availability on campus. 

If you are an Eliot Society member and have an occasional parking pass, you are free to park in any RED or YELLOW parking spot on campus.  However, Washington University Parking and Transportation is encouraging everyone to park in the Danforth University Center (DUC) Garage (#27 on the attached map). You will enter the garage from Forsyth, turning on Wallace Drive.  Wallace Drive runs into the underground garage.

If you do not have a parking pass, you are asked to park in the DUC Garage (#27 on map).  You will enter the garage from Forsyth, turning on Wallace Drive.  Wallace Drive runs into the underground garage.  There is a $9 fee for parking in this garage, if you do not have a Washington University parking permit.

Brown Hall (#14 on map) is close to the intersection of Hoyt and Forsyth (east of the Danforth University Center Garage).  Enter Brown Hall from the Forsyth side of campus.  There will be a staircase immediately there.  Take the staircase up and you will see Brown Lounge.

If you have accessibility needs, you can request a golf cart ride to Brown Hall by calling 314-935-3648.  There is a pickup location outside the DUC garage.  Click here for more information on this service.

In addition to the golf cart service (which is somewhat limited), there is a Circulator Bus that picks up on the Forsyth side of the Mallinckrodt Center (#77 on map, abbreviated Mallink Center on schedule).  This building is next to the DUC. The bus will drop off at Hoyt and Forsyth. You can access the circulator schedule here.

Finally, there is a Metrolink stop at the corner of Skinker and Forest Park.  The campus circulator picks up there and delivers to Hoyt and Forsyth.  You can find the campus circulator schedule here.  The location on the schedule is marked Forest Park & Skinker.