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Rights! Camera! Action! Presents: Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney contends that America’s richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor,” and created unprecedented inequality in the United States. Nowhere, Gibney asserts, is this more evident than on Park Avenue in New York. 740 Park in Manhattan is currently home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the country. Across the river, less than five miles away, Park Avenue runs through the South Bronx, home to the poorest congressional district in the United States.
Join us on January 22 for a screening of Park Avenue, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Professor Nancy MacLean of the History Department with panelists Timothy Tyson of the Center for Documentary Studies and Professor William A. Darity Jr. of the Sanford School of Public Policy. Popcorn and refreshments will be served.
Nancy MacLean (moderator) is an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century U.S., whose new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, has been described by Publishers Weekly as “a thoroughly researched and gripping narrative… [and] a feat of American intellectual and political history.” MacLean is the author of four other books, including Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace (2006) and Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan. Her articles and review essays have appeared in American QuarterlyThe Boston ReviewFeminist Studies, Gender & History, In These Times, International Labor and Working Class HistoryLabor, Labor History, Journal of American History, Journal of Women’s HistoryLaw and History ReviewThe Nation, the OAH Magazine of History, and many edited collections.  
William A. Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. He has served as chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and was the founding director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke. Previously he served as director of the Institute of African American Research, director of the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, director of the Undergraduate Honors Program in economics, and director of Graduate Studies at the University of North Carolina.
Timothy Tyson is senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and adjunct professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina. His most recent book, The Blood of Emmett Till, won the 2018 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award; made the “long list” of ten books for the 2017 National Book Award, and was named Best Book of 2017 by both the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio.  Tyson is also the author of several other award-winning books including Ghosts of 1898: Wilmington’s Race Riot and the Rise of White Supremacy (2007), Blood Done Sign My Name (2004), and Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power (1999). Timothy Tyson serves on the executive board of the North Carolina NAACP, Repairers of the Breach, and the UNC Center for Civil Rights.


January 22, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105)
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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919 668 1911