The tug-of-political-war over economic inequality in the United States will play out on April 9-11 when some of the nation’s top economists, thought leaders, and policy makers gather at Kenyon for a conference on "The Politics of Economic Inequality."
The free, biennial conference hosted by the Kenyon Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD) promises insight and analysis on the vexing issue of economic inequality as seen from across the political spectrum.
Conference participants include, among others, Austan Goolsbee, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors in the Obama Administration; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and former director of the Congressional Budget Office; Robert Putnam, Harvard University professor and author of Bowling Alone; and Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and former Hillary Clinton adviser.
“This is a topic of great significance to our nation and our economy, and we have invited a formidable lineup of practitioners and commentators to share their thoughts and debate the politics of economic inequality,” said Thomas Karako, CSAD director and assistant professor of political science. “We will examine equal opportunity, economic growth, health care, education policy, and the role of the free market in determining economic prosperity. We’ll look at the role of public commentary on the subject, and we’ll also take a global view.
“I’m delighted that this blue-ribbon lineup will be joining us. It’s a wonderful opportunity for Kenyon and for the community to participate in this important and timely policy discussion.”
The conference includes panel discussions and commentary over three days in Rosse Hall and the Gund Gallery Community Foundation Theater. The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Here is a conference schedule with the roll call of participating experts:
To learn more about the conference, call 740-427-5423 or visit www.kenyon.edu/2014conference.
The conference is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Thomas W. Smith Foundation, the George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, Ariel Corporation, the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Richard Grandin Shepherd Lecture in Economics Fund, Kenyon College Faculty Lectureships, Kenyon College Student Lectureships, and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce.