Race in America, race in Australia



7 June 2010

The election in 2008 of Barack Obama as the first African-American President of the United States and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology to the stolen generations were watersheds in the history of race relations in both countries. But political and policy tensions continue to surround African-Americans and indigenous Australians in both countries and race relations in Australia and the US span broader issues in both societies including multiculturalism, immigration, security and inequality.

Glenn Loury, one of the US’s most influential African-American public intellectuals and a distinguished economist on race and inequality, and Waleed Aly, one of Australia’s most sought after voices on multiculturalism, spoke to former NSW Premier Bob Carr about these issues at this event.


  • Professor Glenn Loury
    Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences, Brown University

    Glenn C. Loury was a visitor at the US Studies Centre in 2010. Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. As an academic economist, Professor Loury has published mainly in the areas of applied microeconomic theory, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics, and the economics of race and inequality.

  • Waleed Aly
    Politics lecturer at the Global Terrorism Research Centre , Monash University

    Waleed Aly is is an Australian writer, academic, lawyer, media presenter and musician. Aly is a co-host of Network Ten's news and current affairs television program The Project, he writes for Fairfax Media, and is a lecturer in Politics at the Global Terrorism Research Centre at Monash...

  • The Honourable Bob Carr
    Former Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

    Professor the Honourable Bob Carr was formerly a member of the US Studies Centre Board of Directors. He is Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology, Sydney.