Restoring Opportunity: Greg Duncan visits Mizzou April 12

Greg J. Duncan

Dr. Greg J. Duncan, Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine, will give a lecture at the University of Missouri on Wednesday, April 12, at 1:30pm in Tate Hall (room 22) as part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Visitors Program. Dr. Duncan’s lecture is titled “Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education.”

Americans across the political spectrum embrace the goal of equality of opportunity and see education as the primary social institution for achieving that goal. While there are sharp disagreements on the best way to improve education for children from low-income homes, most Americans accept that doing so is an important societal objective. Today, however, U.S. children face futures with less upward economic mobility than children in the United Kingdom and many European countries.

In this lecture, based on his latest book of the same title, Dr. Duncan will describe initiatives in Boston, Chicago, and New York City that are transforming the lives of low-income children from prekindergarten through high school—a powerful vision of what good instruction in effective schools can look like.

Greg J. Duncan is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, and an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. His current research projects include an examination of how children’s early skills and behaviors relate to later-life outcomes and a meta-analysis of the impacts of early childhood intervention programs. In addition, Dr. Duncan is a member of the interdisciplinary MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and the National Academy of Education in 2009. He served as president of the Population Association of American in 2007-2008 and currently is the president of the Society for Research in Child Development. Dr. Duncan has published extensively on issues of income distribution, child poverty and welfare dependence. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Duncan’s lecture at the University of Missouri, as part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Visitors Program, is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Truman School of Public Affairs, the Department of Economics, the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, the Department of Personal Financial Planning, the School of Social Work, the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

For more information, download the event flyer.