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Morse Bookmarks: "Nice Is Not Enough: Inequality and the Limits of Kindness at American High" featuring author C.J. Pascoe

Thursday, October 26 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

William W. Knight Law Center, 110
1515 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403

This event features UO Sociology professor C. J. Pascoe discussing her new book, Nice Is Not Enough: Inequality and the Limits of Kindness at American High, which was published in August 2023. 

Nice is Not Enough tells the story of American High School, a school characterized by acceptance, connection, and kindness—a school where, a prominent sign states, “there is no room for hate.” This book describes how American High, like many high schools, uses a “regime of kindness” to address persistent inequalities. By examining how this regime of kindness works at American High, Nice is Not Enough shows the limits of this approach and suggests ways we might begin to dismantle systemic inequalities in high school and beyond. 

Pascoe's research focuses on inequality, youth and schooling. She is an award-winning teacher and associate professor of sociology at the University of Oregon where she teaches classes on schools, inequality, social psychology and sexuality. She is also a co-editor of academic journal Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. Her book, Dude, You’re  a Fag:  Masculinity and Sexuality in High School, won the American Educational Research Association’s 2007 Book of the Year Award as well as an honorable mention for the American Sociological Association's Section on Sex and Gender’s Distinguished Book Award. 


Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Discussion


Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, Public Affairs Speaker Series

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, General Public, Alumni




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