Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society

Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society is the first book in a multi-year series that engages debate over the demographic revolution that has arrived in America.

“Lewis and Cantor have assembled a remarkable slate of top-tier talents to offer insights on a topic of utmost significance—the fact and value of diversity in a twenty-first-century world. Making it clear that a demographic revolution is upon us, this illuminating and riveting book offers new ways of seeing and thriving in a world hurtling toward the future.”

—Henry Louis Gates, Harvard University

America is the middle of a major demographic transition that cannot and should not go unnoticed. In 2011, for the first time in the nation’s history, the majority of babies born were non-white. By mid-century, whites are projected to become a minority in the United States. The diversification of America, and not just along ethnic or racial lines, is undeniable, but it is not necessarily synonymous with greater fairness for or inclusion of all citizens. Can we as a nation guarantee a vibrant democracy without deliberate oversight of civil rights and the pathways to economic and educational opportunity? What is at risk when so many Americans are left out and left behind? OUR COMPELLING INTERESTS: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society (September 21, 2016, $27.95), edited by Earl Lewis, President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark, asks how we reconcile a national principle of equal opportunity with the palpable realities of social and economic stratification.

Marking the launch of a new series devoted to probing the value of diversity in public life, this inaugural volume includes William H. Frey’s widely cited 2014 study “The Diversity Explosion” as well as original essays by Thomas J. Sugrue, on diversity and equality in “post-Civil-Rights” America; Danielle Allen, on the principle of social connectedness and the policies needed to support it; and Anthony Carnevale and Nicole Smith, on the economic value of diversity. Also included are short pieces of responsive commentary by Kwame Antony Appiah, Patricia Gurin, Ira Katznelson, and Marta Tienda.

About the Editors:
Earl Lewis is president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His books include Love on Trial and Defending Diversity. Lewis was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.

Nancy Cantor is chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark. Her books include Personality and Social Intelligence and Personality, Cognition, and Social Interaction. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the National Academy of Medicine in 2000.

OUR COMPELLING INTERESTS
The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society

Earl Lewis and Nancy Cantor 

Cloth $27.95 | ISBN: 978-0-691-17048-0
296 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | 19 line illustrations, 1 table
eBook | ISBN: 9781400881260
Publication Date:  September 21, 2016

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Princeton University Press
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Laura Washington
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
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