TIAA Lecture Series: The Economics of Race

Date Published: 
March 6, 2017

“The Economics of Race”
Wednesday, April 12, 2-3 p.m.
Student Union Multipurpose Room

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend the 2017 TIAA Lecture Series with behavioral economist Dr. Roland Fryer on Wednesday, April 12. Dr. Fryer’s detailed bio is included.

The event will be a moderated conversation with Dr. Fryer’s perspectives on the economics of race, social interactions, discrimination and policy. Audience Q&A session will follow.

Reservations: The lecture is free and open to all guests, but reservations are required.  Reservations can be made at
Group and class reservations can be made by contacting Tasha Hamilton at or (704) 687-5462.

Submitting questions: Advance questions are welcome at

Student Attendance: Attendance verification will be provided.

Additional information: Please contact Jenny Matz at or (704) 687-8009 with additional questions.

Dr. Roland Fryer
Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Behavioral Economist, Activist and Author

Roland Fryer applies economic tools to explore social issues including crime, discrimination, racial and gender differences, poverty, family structure, urban problems, social interactions and peer effects, and intergenerational mobility.

Fryer is the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, founder and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard, and a former junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows, one of academia’s most prestigious research posts.

At thirty, Fryer became the youngest African-American to receive tenure from Harvard, and has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation and the inaugural Alphonse Fletcher Award for scholars whose works contribute to improving race relations in America.

Fryer served as chief equality officer at the New York City Department of Education from 2007 to 2008 and has published numerous papers on the racial achievement gap, causes and consequences of distinctively black names, affirmative action, the impact of the crack cocaine epidemic and historically black colleges and universities.

This lecture is sponsored by The Office of the Chancellor and is open to the entire University community.