University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law Gene Nichol will speak on “Covid, Radical Inequality, and New Faces of North Carolina Poverty.” As part of this talk, Nichol will explore some of the dramatic inequalities and brutal economic hardships revealed in North Carolina by the Covid crisis and the recession which has followed in its wake. He will also examine continuing challenges of hunger and poverty faced by the bottom economic third in the state – using both recent federal census data and scores of new interviews with Tar Heels living below the poverty threshold.
Nichol is the author of The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina: Stories from Our Invisible Citizens. He has published articles in the Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Duke, California, and Virginia law reviews. Prior to his current position at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he served as president of the College of William & Mary.