Events | "Resilience and Adaptation: Social Inequity and the Corona Crisis." Discussion with Jutta Allmendinger

Online | June 15, 2020 | 10:00 AM

Life after the Corona Crisis: In an era of social distancing and sheltering in place, 1014 and the American Council on Germany have launched a series of discussions about the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy, national politics, and society. Each week, experts from both sides of the Atlantic share their insights on how we are adapting to current challenges and what the world might look like after the pandemic.

The combined public health and economic crises have exacerbated social inequity in our societies. Social injustice and police brutality have led to widespread protests and unrest. From essential workers risking their lives on minimum wage to poor living conditions to inadequate access to health care and the digital world, we must right many existing wrongs in the United States and in Europe. German sociologist Prof. Dr. Jutta Allmendinger and American community leader Bill Strickland will discuss how to heal and preserve the fabric of our communities. This event is being held with support from the Thomas Mann House.  


Prof. Dr. Jutta Allmendinger is Professor of Sociology at the Humboldt University in Berlin and President of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) (Social Science Research Center Berlin). She received her training in sociology and social psychology at the University of Mannheim (M.A. 1982), the University of Wisconsin, Harvard University (Ph.D. 1989), and the Free University of Berlin (Habilitation 1993). In 2019, she was a fellow in residence at the Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles.

Dr. Allmendinger worked as Researcher at the Center for Survey Research and Methodology (Zentrum für Umfragen, Methoden und Analysen, ZUMA) in Mannheim (1981-83), as Research Assistant at Harvard University and at the Center for Educational Sciences at the University of Wisconsin (1984-88). From 1988 to 1991, she was Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. From 1999-2002, she was Chairperson of the German Society for Sociology (DGS), from 1992 to 2007 she was Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Munich and, from 2003 to 2007, Director of the Institute for Employment Research (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung der Bundesagentur für Arbeit, IAB) in Nürnberg. In the academic year 1991-1992 she was Fellow at the Harvard Business School in Cambridge (Program for Organizational Behavior) and, in the academic year 1996-1997, Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

Dr. Allmendinger holds memberships in the Scientific Commission of the German Science and Humanities Council (Wissenschaftsrat), the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), the expert commission “Research und Innovation” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina, and in the Foundation Council of the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). She is editor in chief of the Zeitschrift für Arbeitsmarkt Forschung (ZAF) (Journal for Labor Market Research) and was coeditor of the Journal of European Societies (1998-2001). Dr. Allmendinger has published 11 books and over 140 articles, mostly in peer-reviewed journals on social inequality, educational sociology, labor market research, demography, and social stratification.

William E. Strickland grew up in the Manchester neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Oliver High School. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh, where as an undergraduate he founded the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild as an after-school program to teach children pottery skill in his old neighborhood. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in American history and foreign relations in 1970. Following graduation he continued to build the Manchester Guild into an innovative nonprofit agency that uses the arts to inspire and mentor inner-city teenagers. In 1972 he took over the Bidwell Training Center that trains displaced adults for jobs.

He has served on the boards of the National Endowment for the Arts, Mellon Financial Corporation, and the University of Pittsburgh. For his work, Strickland has won various awards including a MacArthur Fellowship "genius" award in 1996. He has been honored by the White House, and received the Goi Peace Award in 2011.

In June 2018, Strickland announced that he would be stepping down from his role as president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corp., but that he will remain on as executive chairman. He had served as the leader of the organization for 50 years.




Monday June 15, 2020, 10 am EST


An event by 1014 and the American Council on Germany with support from the Thomas Mann House.

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