Each semester, members of the senior class select a faculty member to give the Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture at Common Hour. The choice is based on a professor’s teaching ability and influence on students as a role model. This year, Assistant Professor of Sociology Ingrid Nelson was tapped. In Nelson’s Jan. 31 talk, she addressed the gap between college expectations and college attainment in the United States. She looked at which children are making it to college, how they’re getting there, and how these trends reflect racial, economic and social realities in our country. “We don’t actually exist in a country where anyone who works hard can get ahead,” she said.