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2020 Fall

Humanomics Alumni Virtual Colloquium

"Race and Economics" 

December 5, 2020


Fall 2020 is the 10th Anniversary of the first Humanomics class at Chapman University. To celebrate, the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy invites all Humanomics alumni to participate in a one-day virtual colloquium on “Race and Economics” on Saturday, December 5, 2020. As in all Humanomics classes, the aim is to challenge and deconstruct the perceived tension between economics and the humanities.

The conferees will discuss concurrently Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, Walter Williams’s Race and Economics, and an excerpt from Jeff Chang’s We Gon’ Be Alright. Following the Humanomics tradition, the format will be three Socratic roundtable discussions led by Profs. Jan Osborn and Bart Wilson.

The core of a Humanomics colloquium lies in civil discourse and a commitment to read all materials in advance. Please plan to bring your books to the discussion and to be present and on time for all sessions.

Schedule for the day

Pre-Session Coffee Hour and Introductions (optional)

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (PST)

Session 1

Race and Economics, pp 1-110

Sellout, pp 1-39 

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Session 2

Sellout, pp 93-197

"Vanilla Cities and their Chocolate Suburbs"

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Lunch (on your own) 

11:45 - 1:00 p.m.

Session 3

Race and Economics, pp 111-141

Sellout, pp 201-289

1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 

If you would like to participate, the Smith Institute will reimburse the cost of your books up to $50. (We will provide a fair use copy of the excerpt from We Gon’ Be Alright.)

The deadline to register is closed.