The Sum of Us: Moving Beyond the Myth of Equity as a Zero-Sum Game

The Sum of Us: Moving Beyond the Myth of Equity as a Zero-Sum Game Thursday, February 1, 2024
6:00pm | Graham Chapel (Danforth Campus).

The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity and our partners are proud to welcome Heather McGhee as 2024 Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Heather will be giving a public talk on February 1st at 6pm in Graham Chapel. We hope that you will help us spread the word and join us as we kick off Black History Month and engage with Heather, a national thought leader dedicated to equity.  


Over her career in public policy, Heather McGhee has crafted legislation, testified before Congress, and helped shape presidential campaign platforms. Her book, "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together," spent 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was longlisted for the National Book Award and Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. The New York Times called it “The book that should change how progressives talk about race.” Starting at Fairgrounds Park in North St. Louis City, where a riot was sparked after the first Black St. Louis residents attempted to swim at the newly desegregated pool at Fairgrounds Park, McGhee chronicles the sobering history of divide and inequity across the United States. However, she implores the reader to reframe equity, moving away from a “zero sum” mindset to an inclusive perspective in which everyone can thrive.  


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This visit is sponsored in part through funding from the Office of the Provost: Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program. Co-sponsored by the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy, Clark-Fox Policy Institute, the School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series , and the Center for Social Development