Sidore Lecturer discusses “Income Inequality in the U.S.: What are the Facts, What Difference Does it Make and What Can be Done About It?”

October 19th, 2011 by Elizabeth
lecturer

Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner, cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect, at
7 p.m. Monday, November 7

Plymouth, N.H. – The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Robert Kuttner, cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect, at 7 p.m. Monday, November 7. Kuttner will speak in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Kuttner will discuss “Income Inequality in the U.S.: What Are the Facts, What Difference Does it Make and What Can Be Done About It?”

According to Kuttner, the “equal society” of late 20th century America was socially constructed by policies deliberately pursued during the 1930s and 1940s. He says, “These policies included public investment, social insurance, educational opportunity and empowered trade unions. In the 1960s, antipoverty, civil rights and medical insurance for the elderly were added. The policies of that era also tightly regulated finance. As these policies were reversed, so was the egalitarian income distribution. The financial collapse and ensuing recession—the result of deregulation—only exacerbated a three-decade inequality trend. To restore a more equal distribution of income, opportunity and wealth, we need to rebuild a managed form of market economy.”

Kuttner cofounded The American Prospect magazine in 1989 with Paul Starr and Robert Reich.  He is also a distinguished senior fellow at Demos, a nonpartisan public policy research and advocacy organization. A longtime columnist for Business Week, Kuttner writes columns for the Boston Globe and the New York Timesinternational edition. He cofounded the Economic Policy Institute in Washington and serves on its executive committee.

Kuttner’s most recent book is A Presidency in Peril, about “[President] Obama’s Promise, Wall Street’s Power, and the Struggle to Control our [U.S.] Economic Future.”

This year’s Sidore Lecture Series focuses on the growing gap between the world’s rich and poor. The speakers hope to inspire audiences to think about the various forms of poverty that plague societies around the world, while sharing concrete solutions.

The next speaker in the series will be sociology, anthropology and criminology professor Paul Leighton, speaking on “The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Inequality, Corporate Power and Crime.” Leighton will speak at 7 p.m. March 12, 2012.

The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.

Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

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