Augustana to host symposium on wealth disparity

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Rock Island, Ill.–Augustana College’s Department of Political Science will host lectures and discussions on the topic of wealth disparity on November 22, 2014. There will be a variety of sessions and keynote speakers throughout the day.

Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m.­–1:30 p.m.: Symposium on the Impact of Wealth Disparity on America

The symposium will be moderated by Emily Scarlett, morning news anchor for WHBF-TV, and features Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston as keynote speaker.

9 a.m. Welcome and Keynote

10:15-10:45 a.m. Brief Introductions of Concurrent Sessions

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

12:30-1:30 p.m. Roundtable/Closing Discussion

Concurrent breakout session topics include:

Political and Governmental Elements of Wealth Disparity: Government has long been seen as playing an integral role in alleviating poverty. Political efforts have had different effects on government over time.

Poverty on the Community Level: What is the “big picture” in the QCA?

Poverty Issues in K–12 Education: How do our schools deal with poverty?

Long-Term Inter-Generational Poverty: What is its grip on our society? What do we need to do to break that grip?

The Economy: What is the impact of wealth disparity on business, the GDP and the overall direction of the economy?

Poverty Consciousness: What is the psychology and sociology of wealth disparity? What is the relationship with the legal system?