Award-winning Harvard economist, education activist, and MacArthur fellow Roland Fryer will give a talk entitled, “Racial Differences in Police: Use of Force” on Wednesday, October 5, at 7:00 pm, at Mount Holyoke College in Gamble Auditorium in the Art Building.
Fryer recently strode into the national spotlight with a working paper he published that found no racial bias in the application of police force. The controversial paper was widely cited in the media and in the national discussion about the use of force by police.
The subject of a recent Economist article, “From the hood to Harvard,” Fryer overcame major obstacles in life, including a grim childhood marred by exposure to drugs and parental abandonment, to become the youngest African American to receive tenure at Harvard University.
With a “mission to make a difference,” Fryer believes that all individuals have the opportunity to succeed as he has, given the proper tools and guidance.
Fryer is the 2015 winner of the John Bates Clark Medal given awarded annually by the American Economic Association to the best economist under 40. This award is widely regarded as the precursor to winning the Nobel Prize in Economics.
This event is free and open to the public. Funding for this event is provided by the economics department’s Morrison Lecture Fund and Student Life.