Economics Department Annual Van Dyck Lecture

October 26 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Lisa Bonchek Adams Auditorium

The Resilience of Patriarchal Systems 

Our global economy relies on a variety of hierarchical institutions based on gender, sexuality and age, as well as race, class, and citizenship. Why did these institutions emerge and how are they co-evolving? Possible answers to this big question invite attention to the complexity of social divisions and  the persistence of patriarchal norms. They may also help us understand political polarization in the U.S. today.  

Nancy Folbre is Professor Emerita of Economics and Director of the Program on Gender and Care Work at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Senior Fellow of the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. 
You can learn more about her at her website and blog,
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