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Distinguished Public Policy Lectures

For more than 20 years, IPR’s Distinguished Public Policy Lectures have been a forum for preeminent thinkers to discuss the most relevant policy topics facing their time. Lecturers hail from either the academic or policy worlds, but tend to have experience in both.

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Matthew Desmond: Evictions in America

June 6, 2019

Matthew Desmond, the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and author of the Pulitzer Prize winner Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, shared as part of the IPR@50 conference some of the latest results from his Eviction Lab, which created the first-ever national database of eviction records.


Fay Lomax Cook:The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

April 26, 2018

Fay Lomax Cook, then-assistant director of the National Science Foundation and IPR fellow and former director, spoke about the NSF’s “10 Big Ideas” regarding the future of work in America, including dealing with data collection, climate change, and advances in genetic science.