New York University will host “Big Gaps in the Big Apple,” a panel discussion on the well-being of New Yorkers, on Wednesday, November 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Conference Room (between 5th and 6th Streets). Subways: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street).
Speakers include: Ken Prewitt, director of the 2000 Census and now Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University; Sociology Professor Dalton Conley, NYU’s dean for the social sciences; and Kristen Lewis and Sarah Burd-Sharps, co-directors of the American Human Development Project.
The discussion coincides with the release of The Measure of America, 2010-2011 (NYU Press), co-edited by Lewis and Burd-Sharps, a comprehensive report on the well-being of all Americans, including how they are doing compared to one another and to the rest of the world.
The Measure of America, based on the American Human Development Index, is disaggregated by state and congressional district, as well as by race, gender, and ethnicity. The Index rankings of the 50 states and 435 congressional districts reveal huge disparities in the health, education, and living standards of different groups. For example, Connecticut ranked first among states on the 2008-2009 Index and Mississippi ranked last. Among congressional districts, New York’s 14th District in Manhattan ranked first, and California’s 20th District, near Fresno, ranked last. The average resident of New York’s 14th District earned over three times as much as the average resident of California’s 20th District, lived over four years longer, and was 10 times more likely to have a college degree.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by NYU Press, the Social Science Research Council, and NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. To RSVP, contact Betsy Steve, NYU Press, at email@example.com or 212.992.9991.
Reporters wishing to attend must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.