OSU’s Roth to speak as part of Ashland University’s Symposium Against Indifference

10/08/2019 ASHLAND, Ohio – Randolph Roth, professor of history and sociology at The Ohio State University, will speak about "Inequality and the Quality of Life: A Global View" on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Room of the Myers Convocation Center. The event is presented as part of the College of Arts & Sciences' biennial Symposium Against Indifference, which is focusing on "Liberty and Responsibility." Co-sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, the event is free and open to the public.

Roth will present his findings on the causes and consequences of inequality, globally and within societies, with special attention to the question of why inequality has risen so rapidly since 1980 in the United States, Great Britain, Canada and Australia, but not in the rest of the affluent world. The answer bears heavily on the question of liberty versus responsibility.

Roth’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and other organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable of Crime Trends (2013-2016), and of the Editorial Board of the American Historical Review (2014-2017). He specializes in U.S. history from colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on social and cultural history, the history of crime and violence, environmental history, the history of religion, the history of democracies, global history, quantitative methods and social theory.

The College of Arts and Sciences at Ashland University inaugurated the Symposium Against Indifference in 2001 as a biennial series of events and lectures dedicated to overcoming apathy in the face of human concerns by raising awareness and promoting compassionate engagement. The Symposium seeks to challenge the University community — as well as the wider Ashland community — toward a deeper understanding of difficult issues and toward creative personal and corporate responses.

For more information about the Symposium Against Indifference, visit cas-symposium.blogspot.com or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of CAS communications at tapplega@ashland.edu or 419.289.5950.

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