For thousands of years, economic inequality has been a defining feature of civilization. Only violent shocks, such as mass-mobilization warfare, transformative revolutions, state collapse and catastrophic plagues, have significantly narrowed the gap between rich and poor.
So says scholar Walter Scheidel, who will present a lecture titled “Economic Inequality from the Stone Age to the Future” at the University of New England’s Center for Global Humanities on Monday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at the WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion on the UNE Portland Campus.
Scheidel will trace the history of income and wealth inequality over the long run of human history, while considering what the lessons of the past can teach us about the prospects of reducing inequality in our more stable modern world.
A professor in the humanities, classics and history, and fellow in human biology at Stanford University, Scheidel focuses his scholarship on pre-modern social and economic history, historical demography and the comparative global history of labor regimes, state formation and inequality. He is the author, editor or co-editor of 18 books, has published more than 200 articles, chapters and book reviews, and has lectured in 26 different countries. His most recent book, “The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century”, was published by Princeton University Press in 2017.
This is the final lecture of the 2017-2018 season for the Center for Global Humanities. In total, nine scholars will have visited this academic year, presenting lectures that are always free, open to the public, and streamed live online.
For more information, please visit: http://www.une.edu/calendar/2018/economic-inequality-stone-age-future
About the Center for Global Humanities
The Center for Global Humanities offers lectures by leading scholars to help us better understand the challenges besetting our civilization and outline new solutions for nations and peoples to live together without prejudice. Global in perspective, the Center’s lectures are streamed live on the Internet, allowing our speakers to answer questions from any country. Because the Center believes in the vital necessity of a humanities culture to civic and democratic life, it works closely with the local community to encourage reading, discussion, and debate. The Center was founded in 2009 by UNE scholar Anouar Majid, Ph.D., who serves as its director.
About the University of New England
The University of New England is Maine’s largest private university, featuring two distinctive campuses in Maine, a vibrant campus in Tangier, Morocco, and an array of innovative offerings online. Our hands-on, experiential approach empowers students to join the next generation of leaders in their chosen fields. We are home to Maine’s only medical and dental colleges, a variety of other interprofessionally aligned health care programs, and nationally recognized degree paths in the marine sciences, the natural and social sciences, business, the humanities and the arts. UNE. Innovation for a Healthier Planet. Visit www.une.edu