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March 23, 1995

Third Joanna Jackson Goldman Lecture To Be Presented at Library of Congress March 30

The third Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Lecture on American Civilization and Government will be presented at the Library of Congress by William Julius Wilson, the Lucy Flower University Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Chicago. The lecture, "The New Poverty: Social Policy and the Growing Inequality in Industrial Democracies," will be given in the Library's Montpelier Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE, beginning at 8 p.m. No tickets are required.

The Goldman Memorial Lecture series is made possible by a gift from the estate of the late Eric F. Goldman, who taught at Princeton University. Established in 1992, the series fulfills Mr. Goldman's desire to honor the memory of his wife. Each year an individual is selected on the basis of his or her high achievement and literary skill to deliver a lecture at the Library on a significant issue facing American democracy. The series is intended to foster consideration of American culture and customs, economic and social issues, international relations, government and public policy.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said the lecture series allows "a long-term assessment of some aspect of the American experience here in the nation's captial by stimulating provocative and thoghtful commentary and debate on issues of importance to public policy."

Professor Wilson teaches sociology and public policy and is Director of the Center for the Study of Uban Inequality at the University of Chicago. He is also President of the Consortium of Social Science Associations, past President of the American Sociological Association, and a MacArthur Prize Fellow. He is the author of several widely respected books, including Power, Racism, and Privilege: Race Relations in Theoretical and Sociohistorical Perspectives (1973); The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions (1978), which received the American Sociological Association's Sydney S. Spivak Award in intergroup relations; and The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy, which was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 16 best books published in 1987.

The selection of the annual Goldman lecturer is made by the Librarian of Congress from a group of nominees suggested by members of the Library's Council of Scholars and representatives of the Goldman estate.

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PR 95-042
ISSN 0731-3527

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