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The Thomas Willis Lambeth Lecture

October 1, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Extreme Inequality: Is it Really a Problem?


The UNC Department of Public Policy welcomes UNC students, faculty, alumni and friends to its 8th annual Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Lecture in Public Policy on Thursday, October 1, at 5:30 p.m. in Gerrard Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The event is free and open to the public; a brief reception will follow.

This year’s Lambeth Lecturer is Martin Eakes, co-founder and CEO of Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending, which provide consumer financial services, technical support and advocacy for those left out of the economic mainstream. A native of North Carolina, he is a nationally recognized expert on development finance. He has been a champion of economic empowerment for women, low-income, rural and minority communities, and has worked throughout his career to ensure that all Americans have equal access to the American Dream. He was selected in 2011 as one of 12 recipients of the Ford Foundation’s Visionaries Award for his contributions to creating financial opportunities for the poor. He also has been honored as a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and in 2009 by the Opportunity Finance Network which presented him with the Ned Gramlich Lifetime Achievement Award for Responsible Lending. Mr. Eakes holds a law degree from Yale, a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton, and a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College.

The Lambeth Lectureship was endowed in 2006 to bring to campus speakers who are distinguished practitioners and/or scholars of public policy, particularly those whose work touches on the fields of education, ethics, democratic institutions, and civic engagement.


Contacts: Richard (Pete) Andrews (, Mary Edwards (, UNC Department of Public Policy


October 1, 2015
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Gerrard Hall
160 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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