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Societal Discrimination’s Impact on African American Innovation, Invention and Talent

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

How does hate-related violence affect inequality in invention and innovation? Michigan State University economist and Federal Reserve Board of Governors nominee, Lisa Cook, will address issues such as how systemic racism contributes to wealth inequality at the virtual University of Houston 2022 Bracewell LLP Distinguished Lecture in Racial and Social Justice, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Cook earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley with fields in macroeconomics and international economics. In 2021, she was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and recently nominated to serve on the Fed board of governors. She is an advocate for increased diversity and inclusion within the field of economics and is the fourth Black economist to serve on the American Economic Association board in its 130-year history. If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman to serve on the central bank’s board.


  • Derek Avery (C.T. Bauer College of Business)
  • Prof. Renita Horton (Cullen College of Engineering)
  • Johanna Luttrell (Hobby School)
  • David McNally (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences).

Partner event with the UH Law Center, Hobby School, C.T. Bauer College of Business, Cullen College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

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