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Gene Nichol, “Poverty, North Carolina and the American Flight From Equality”

Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor of law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina. From 2005-2008, he was president of the College of William and Mary. Nichol was Burton Craige professor and dean of the law school at UNC (1999-2005); law dean at the University of Colorado (1988-1995); and Cutler professor and director of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Institute (1985-1988).

A widely published author, he is also a monthly op-ed writer for the Raleigh News & Observer.






The following are videos from the talk Nichol gave at the DHRC on November 4th.



The following is an excerpt from an email interview with Nichol conducted by Duke student Sarah Kerman.

Click here to read the interview in full.

“Do you think most North Carolinians think poverty is inevitable?

Nichol: I’m convinced most North Carolinians have no idea of the extent and brutality of poverty in our state. I have the hope, most days, that if we knew how wrenching poverty, especially child poverty is here, we’d do something about it. As it is, most North Carolinians think we have such high levels of poverty because we are too generous to poor people. Nothing, of course, could be farther from the truth.”
Click here to read a DukeToday article about Nichol’s  talk at DHRC @ FHI.


For more information on the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina click here.

This event was part of the 2014-2015 Duke Human Rights Center@FHI initiative on “The 99 Percent: Poverty, Justice and Human Rights,” and supported by a grant from Humanities Writ Large.


November 4, 2014
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage, Bay 4
114 S Buchanan Blvd
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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