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Richard Freeman: Can Social Science Make the World Better?

  • Mon, Jun 27 2011
    • Richard Freeman, Douglas Massey, and Alice Rivlin

On June 2, 2011, Alice Rivlin introduced Richard Freeman, who was inducted into the Academy as the Frances Perkins Fellow. Upon presenting Professor Freeman, Dr. Rivlin remarked that Freeman "... is a truly useful social scientist, remarkably a truly useful economist, which most people think is an oxymoron." Dr. Freeman's speech focused on "the problem we face today"; namely, "whether social science can actually play a significant role in making the world better..." Below is a transcript of Richard Freeman's acceptance speech. Thank you, Alice, thanks to you, Academy, and thanks to Frances Perkins who is, of course, not here but…

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Rogers Smith: "Most of our most vital identities and statuses have been greatly shaped by laws and policies"

  • Mon, Jun 27 2011
    • Rogers Smith and Douglas Massey

On the evening of June 2, 2011, at the annual Moynihan Prize and Fellows Induction dinner, Douglas Massey, President of the American Academy, introduced Rogers Smith, who was named the 2011 Theodore Roosevelt Fellow. Dr. Massey described Professor Smith as "one of the foremost scholars of public law, of political theory, and American political thought in the United States." Below is a transcript of Rogers Smith's remarks.  Thanks Doug, though it does not quite make up for your leaving Penn.  I am deeply honored to be named the Theodore Roosevelt Fellow of the Academy, but I fear that Theodore Roosevelt…

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Eric Wanner: "Social science gives a better, clearer, deeper picture of what is actually happening"

  • Mon, Jun 27 2011
    • Eric Wanner, Douglas Massey, and Robert Sampson

Eric Wanner was inducted as the 2011 Eleanore Roosevelt Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science on June 2, 2011. Introducing Dr. Wanner, Robert Sampson, stated that "Eric has had a distinguished and unique career that has been fundamental in shaping the course of social science research.  For Eric, however, this research is always about the betterment of society, and I think it is so fitting then that he should be the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow." Below is a transcript of Eric Wanner's remarks.  Well, thank you.   I am really deeply honored and, to be…

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Diane Ravitch: The importance of evidence-based data in education reform

  • Tue, Jun 21 2011
    • Diane Ravitch acceptance

Thank you so much, Dan, and thank you to the members of the Academy.  I want to thank my family, who is here, and also the Moynihan family – wonderful to see you again.  I do want to say at the outset that I have divided my prize money amongst three organizations that I care a lot about.  One is called the Save Our Schools March, it is being organized by national board-certified teachers.  They will be marching on Washington on July 30th, I will be speaking to them—they are getting half my prize.  The other two organizations,…

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Diane Ravitch receives 2011 Moynihan Prize

  • Mon, Jun 13 2011
    • Diane Ravitch accepting the 2011 Moynihan Prize

The 2011 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize was presented to Diane Ravitch, Research Professor of Education at New York University and former Assistant Secretary of Education, at a dinner ceremony at the future site of Moynihan Station in New York City on the evening of June 2, 2011. The $20,000 prize was created by the American Academy of Political and Social Science to recognize civic leaders who champion the use of evidence and informed judgment in the policy process. Dr. Ravitch donated her prize to Save our Schools March, Class Size Matters, and Parents Across America. Upon accepting the 2011 Moynihan Prize,…

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Paula Fass: How History has Shaped Children's Rights

  • Fri, Feb 25 2011
    • Paula Fass

From the Enlightenment to the two World Wars, the perception of children as rights bearers evolved and helped set the stage for the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In the following interview with Stephanie Marudas, Paula Fass provides a historical overview of major child-centered reforms and discusses future challenges facing American children. She has published a related article in the January 2011 Annals volume, "The Child as Citizen." Paula Fass is the Margaret Byrne Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Stephanie Marudas: …

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Daniel Hart: Time for American Teens Under 18 to Hit the Polls

  • Thu, Feb 24 2011
    • Hart 5

Extending voting rights to sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds would be a first for the United States. But is the country ready? Rutgers University professor Daniel Hart says yes, and has found that these teens are just as informed as eighteen-year-olds who currently have the right to vote. Hart discusses his research, which is published in the January 2011 Annals volume, "The Child as Citizen," in the…

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Mary Carlson: Young Citizens in Tanzania Take Action Against the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

  • Wed, Feb 23 2011
    • Mary Carlson

If given the opportunity, children and teenagers can be effective stakeholders in advancing local community health initiatives as has been the case with the Young Citizens Program in Tanzania. In the following interview with Stephanie Marudas, Harvard University’s Mary Carlson shares her research experience working with young Tanzanians who have mobilized around the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She has written about her work in the January 2011 Annals volume, "The Child as Citizen." Mary Carlson is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital in Boston.   Stephanie Marudas: One of your main research interests is the development of…

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Elizabeth Bartholet: Should the U.S. Ratify the CRC? A look at the Pros and Cons

  • Wed, Feb 23 2011
    • Elizabeth Bartholet

The United States remains one of the last countries to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). What's been holding the U.S. back? Harvard University's Elizabeth Bartholet, a distinguished child welfare expert, discusses some of the pros and cons to possible U.S. ratification in the following interview with Stephanie Marudas. Bartholet has a related article in the January 2011 Annals volume, "The Child as Citizen." Elizabeth Bartholet is a professor at Harvard Law School where she runs the Child Advocacy Program.     Stephanie Marudas: Somalia and the United States are the only two countries in the…

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Francine Blau Wins IZA Labor Economics Prize

  • Sat, Jan 1 2011
    • Fran Blau and Rebecca Blank

Academy Fellow Francine D. Blau was awarded the Institute for the Study of Labor Economics Prize in Labor Economics, the world’s top award for labor economics. The IZA Prize, as it is known (IZA is an acronym drawn from the German translation of the institute's name), carries with it a $67,000 cash grant.  Blau, the first woman to receive the IZA Prize, is credited with changing the way scholars and policy-makers think about the role of gender in pay and other economic issues when she first started researching the topic in the 1970s and was described by the…

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