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Heterodox Academy

Equity or Class Conflict? Social Justice and the Language of the Elite

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April 20, 2022

April 20, 2022 at 3:00pm

Join us for a conversation with Musa al-Gharbi, Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University, and Rob Henderson, Gates Cambridge Scholar at Cambridge University, about the ways social justice rhetoric often neglects the perspectives of those it ostensibly intends to help.


When attempting to understand and support perceived inequities among people, how do we avoid virtue signaling and elitism? Does social justice rhetoric help or harm? al-Gharbi and Henderson have spent years studying the socioeconomic dimensions of American social and political life. Their findings highlight major disconnects between dialogue around equity and its effects on socioeconomic disparity. We invite you to a rich discussion about the intersections of justice rhetoric, interpersonal belief, and real solutions to socioeconomic disparities in higher education.

Questions? Email Join us in-person for HxA Conference 2022, June 12–14.

About the Speakers:

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Musa al-Gharbi is Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in Sociology at Columbia University and a columnist with The Guardian. His book, We Have Never Been Woke: Social Justice Discourse, Inequality and the Rise of a New Elite, is forthcoming with Princeton University Press.
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Rob Henderson is a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Cambridge, where he studies as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Yale University and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Rob has written about social status, class divisions, and higher education for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Quillette, among other outlets. He is currently writing a memoir to be published by Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
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