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Chicago-Area Author Appearances: "The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger"

Richard Wilkinson Professor Emeritus, University of Nottingham Medical School, and Honorary Professor, University College London Kate Pickett Professor of Epidemiology, University of York, and U.K. National Institute for Health Research Career Scientist

Epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett are authors of The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger (Bloomsbury USA, 2009). In this book, Wilkinson and Pickett examine how large gaps in income inequality create significant problems within societies. Using as examples countries such as Britain and the United States, with between-state comparisons for the U.S., they explain how inequality causes a range of problems, including low life expectancy, illiteracy, stress, and high crime rates. Wilkinson has played a formative role in international research in the social determinants of health and conducted groundbreaking research on the impact of inequality on health. Pickett has also conducted wide-ranging research on the social determinants of health, with a particular focus on the health of mothers and children. Over several years, Wilkinson and Pickett have collaborated on more than a dozen research papers, synthesized in The Spirit Level.

"Brave and imaginative ...a far-reaching analysis"--Michael Sargent, Nature "It is a sweeping claim, yet the evidence, here painstakingly marshalled, is hard to dispute"--The Economist "Might be the most important book of the year."--Guardian

Can't make it? Listen to Kate Pickett's interview on Canada's The Sunday Edition at

Chicago-Area Event Information: · · Monday January 11th, University of Chicago

12:00 p.m., Billings Hospital, L-168, 5841 S. Maryland Ave. Chicago

Tuesday January 12th, Northwestern University

4:00 - 5:15 p.m. Hardin Hall, Rebecca Crown Center 633 Clark Street, Evanston Campus The Center on Social Disparities and Health INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH · NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY and the Department of Medical Social Sciences. For more information, visit us on the Web at, or contact Patricia Lasley at 847-467-6905 or [email protected]


Wednesday January 13th, University of Illinois, Chicago

Noon­1 p.m., Molecular Biology Research Bldg. Auditorium 900 S. Ashland Ave. , Chicago (Enter from Marshfield) Barbara's Bookstore will be selling The Spirit Level before and after the lecture. The authors will sign copies of the book following their discussion. To reserve a book to purchase, e-mail [email protected] Sponsored by the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy


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