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Race, Class and Economic Divide to be topic of annual Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt lecture

Roosevelt Institute president to outline vision for aligning vision and policies of Roosevelts with 21st century
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Felicia Wong

Felicia Wong, president of the Roosevelt Institute in New York, will discuss race, class and the economic divide - and how we can bridge the gap - at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 6 during Roosevelt University’s 24th annual Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Lecture.

 As the head of the Roosevelt Institute, Wong has been working diligently to take the institute and the social and economic policies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in a new direction for greater relevancy, deeper meaning and more influence during the 21st Century.

Among her accomplishments, Wong has helped reshape the institute into a think tank that openly advocates for equity, transparency and fairness in politics, society and economics. 

Her lecture is entitled “Hidden Rules of Race:  Why We Can’t Pit Racial and Economic Justice Against One Another.”  Free and open to the public, the event will be in Roosevelt’s seventh-floor Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

“This event will be significant for Roosevelt University and anyone who is inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt,” said Margaret Rung, director of the University’s Center for New Deal Studies, which is sponsoring the lecture. “Not only will it put into context all that the Roosevelts’ believed in and stood for, but will also help us come together and build new connections and  pathways for a Roosevelt-inspired advocacy of the future,” said Rung.

The recipient of a White House fellowship in the Office of the Attorney General and an appointment in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Wong has a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her area of expertise focuses on the role that race plays in framing public education politics. She also is co-author of the recently published book The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy.

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