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National expert on economics and racial inequality lectures at UI Sept. 30

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- One of the nation's most prominent economists who studies issues of race and inequality will present a lecture on affirmative action Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the University of Iowa College of Business Administration.

Glenn C. Loury, a University Professor of Economics and director of the Institute on Race and Social Division at Boston University, will present the lecture, "Should We Care about Racial Inequality, Per Se?" at 8 p.m. in Room W10 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UI department of economics and the Ida Beam Visiting Professor Program.

Loury's talk will present some of the economic and philosophical foundations behind arguments for a color-blind society, making a qualified case for some forms of affirmative action.

The author of several books and scholarly articles on economics, race, and social inequality, Loury has testified several times before the U.S. Congress on affirmative action and welfare reform.

He holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Ida Beam Visiting Professor Program is funded through a gift from Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, Iowa, who willed her farm to the UI Foundation in 1977. Her only UI connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established a fund to bring top scholars in a variety of disciplines to campus for lectures and discussions.

People interested in attending the lecture but who need an accommodation in order to participate should contact the department of economics at (319) 335-0829.