Daniel Hatcher (The Poverty Industry), Thomas Shapiro (Toxic Inequality), and Jennifer Silva (Coming Up Short) share their research and stories on a few of the specific consequences of historically high economic inequality in 21st century America. Frank Sesno moderates.
Why should you attend?
Economic inequality affects the individual and society in a variety of ways, including health, education, economic stability, growth, civic engagement, and crime, among others. These three authors present the first in a series of programs planned in collaboration with Clergy and Laity United for Justice and Peace. See also, Joseph Stiglitz, speaking at the Festival on Friday evening, March 24. In addition, a community conversation will be scheduled in the weeks following the Festival.
“Hatcher exposes an urgent paradox at the heart of American governance: why, and how, are states and localities teaming up with corporations to squeeze profits from society’s poorest? The Poverty Industry breaks fresh ground… In The Poverty Industry, he combines a practitioner’s depth with a journalist’s flair for storytelling, to generate the first complete account of a little-known phenomenon that should be of interest to every reader with a conscience.” –Sarah Stillman, staff writer for the New Yorker
“In this lucid and compelling book, Thomas M. Shapiro convincingly argues why we can’t understand wealth and income inequality in America without also understanding racial inequality, and that any potential solution to the former must also remedy the nation’s widening racial divide. He shows how wealth and race compound historic injustices through their combined effects on housing, schools and colleges, employment, and politics. Everyone concerned about the toxic effects of inequality must read this book.” –Robert B. Reich, author of Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few
“If you care about our country’s future, ponder the compelling personal histories that Jennifer Silva portrays in this impressive book. Silva describes with grace and sensitivity how the economic and social changes that have rocked America in the last half century reverberate in the lives of young working class adults, radically isolated and striving to craft a sense of self in a world without security, without solidarity, and without trust. It is a chastening tale.” –Robert D. Putnam, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University, and author of Bowling Alone