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Aluko to Give Annual Maxwell-Roddey Lecture

Yele Aluko, senior vice president of Novant Health and medical director of the Novant Health Heart and Vascular Institute, will present "North Carolina’s Rejection of Medicaid Expansion: Politicizing the Health of Our Society" at 5:30 PM, Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Rowe Arts Building, room 130. A reception will follow Aluko’s presentation, which is free and open to the public.

As a physician, Aluko specializes in complex coronary interventions, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He also is a vocal, visible advocate in the effort to address the issue of health care disparities within racial, ethnic and gender minorities in the United States.

The Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Distinguished Africana Lecture, sponsored by the Africana Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, honors its namesake for her pioneering contributions to the development of Africana studies as an academic discipline at UNC Charlotte as the department’s founding chair; she also helped build black cultural institutions in the greater Charlotte area and nationally.

Harvard Researcher to Talk Mobility and Equality

Nathaniel Hendren, assistant professor of economics at Harvard University, will discuss "Intergenerational Mobility and Equality of Opportunity in the United States" at 2:00 PM, Thursday, Oct. 2, in the College of Health and Human Services, room 159.

Hendren’s talk is sponsored by the University’s Project Mosaic, a social science research initiative. The Harvard researcher is a member of the Equality of Opportunity Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, the Lab for Economic Applications and Policy at Harvard, the Center for Equitable Growth at Berkeley and the Arnold Foundation.

The goal of the Equality of Opportunity Project is to document and understand the patterns of intergenerational mobility and equality of opportunity in the United States, with the long-run aim of informing government policy on improving economic opportunity for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.