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Annual Lecture

Each year, the CCSS annual lecture brings eminent thinkers to Cornell to address the campus and Ithaca community on pressing social issues.

  • Matt Desmond and Dorothy Roberts speaking

CCSS Distinguished Lecture in the Social Sciences

This popular event, which is open to the Ithaca community as well as the campus audience, generally draws an overflow audience and is followed by a reception.

Save the Date!

Raj Chetty, Economics, Harvard University

On April 18, 2022, Raj Chetty (Economics, Harvard University) will join the Cornell campus and local community to discuss Big Data and how it relates to inequality. Stay tuned for details! 


    Monday, April 18, 2022

Our Racial Moment of Truth

Isabel Wilkerson

CCSS Annual Lecture in Partnership with Cornell Migrations

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

This virtual event is free and open to Cornell and the greater Ithaca Community. Learn more about this lecture and register here.  

Co-sponsors: Cornell Migrations: A Global Grand Challenge and Office of Faculty Development and Diversity

Check out Chronicle coverage of the event here!

    October 21 at 6:30pm

Democracy, Today: Fake News, Social Networks and Algorithms

David Lazer, Northeastern University

Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science

Check out the video recording here.

Co-sponsors: CommunicationComputer ScienceInformation Science

    Thursday, October 24, 2019

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard University

Richard Clark Cabot Professor of Social Ethics and Chair in the Department of Psychology

Co-sponsors: Office of Faculty Development and Diversity,  Department of PsychologyCenter of Bright Beams

    Monday, February 11, 2019

Racism and the New Racial Science

Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania

George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights

Co-sponsors: Cornell Law School,  African Studies and Research Center

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond, Princeton University

Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology

Co-sponsor: Center for the Study of Inequality

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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The CCSS is committed to providing universal access to all of our events and facilities. For disability accommodations (e.g, sign language interpreters, alternative formats) please contact Katie Anderson at or 607-255-3408 as soon as possible. 

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