UC²: University Community Conversation

The Future of the American Dream

The Future of the American Dream: Income Inequality and Economic Development

A photo of Camden, NJ, one of the most poverty-stricken cities in the U.S.Thursday, November 14, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Walb Ballroom, Room 126

Capitalism has created the economic opportunities that have become an important part of our idea of the "American dream.”  What are the connections between “freedom” and “economic freedom” in American history and contemporary public discourse?  Are we now overemphasizing economic freedom, at a cost to other freedoms or to ideals of American opportunity?  Where does moderation lie, with regard to income inequality and economic development, and can we even agree on the value of moderation?  Join us for a moderated panel discussion that will bring together IPFW faculty and community members with interest in and experience with issues of poverty, economic development, and national identity.

Moderator:
Andrew Downs, associate professor of political science

Panelists:
John Gardner, pastor
Rachel Rayburn, assistant professor of public policy
Tom Lewandowski, labor organizer
Hedayeh Samavati, professor of economics