CENTER ON EQUALITY, PLURALISM & POLICY
The Lillie and Nathan Ackerman
on Equality and Justice in America
The Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture Series on Equality and Justice in America at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs is supported by a generous gift from Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman in honor of Mrs. Engelman's parents whose deep commitment to equal opportunity and social justice inspired this tribute.
Lillie and Nathan Ackerman came to the United States from Russia and Poland, respectively, during the early part of the 20th century in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution. Their good fortune in their adopted homeland confirmed their faith in America as a place where all people can pursue their goals without fear of government oppression or abuse. Yet, the Ackermans' achievements never blinded them to the fact that America has fallen short of its promise by leaving many of its citizens poor, without opportunity or a voice in public affairs. They passed this concern on to their children and grandchildren.
The Ackerman Lecture series invites leading intellectuals and public figures to address major questions of equality and social justice in order to provoke debate and new thinking about how we might extend the promise of democracy and opportunity to all of our people.