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'Bell Curve' author at Philander


Author Charles Murray speaks at 7 p.m. tonight at Philander Smith College in President Walter Kimbrough's Bless the Mic lecture series. Did I mention Dr. Kimbrough prefers provocative speakers?


(Little Rock, Ark.) ---  The Bless the Mic lecture series at Philander Smith College concludes its 2008-09 season with a lecture by Charles Murray, the W.H. Brady Scholar in Culture and Freedom at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 in the M.L. Harris Auditorium on campus.

Murray is perhaps best known for the controversial, best-selling 1994 book The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life which he co-wrote with the late Harvard professor Richard J. Herrnstein. Its central point is that intelligence is a better predictor of many factors including financial income, job performance, unwed pregnancy and crime than the socio-economic status or education level of one’s parents.

Murray, who holds an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard and a Ph.D. in political science from MIT, will frame his talk at Philander Smith around “The Ideal of Equality, the Reality of Differences.” His latest book, Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality, was released last August.

The talk is free and open to the public, No tickets or reservations are required; seating is first-come, first-served.
Philander Smith College is located one 1 Trudie Kibbe Reed Drive in Little Rock.  For more information call 370-5279.

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