IPFW panel discusses 'American Dream'

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:48 pm

A panel discussion at a local university will address the impact of economic development on the average personal income of a community's work force and on the extent and severity of poverty in a community.
The panel discussion on "The Future of the American Dream: Income Inequality and Economic Development" will take place at 7 p.m. today in the Walb Student Union Ballroom, Room 126. at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne.
"Capitalism has created the economic opportunities that have become an important part of our idea of the 'American Dream,'" an announcement of the event said. "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?"
Panelists addressing these questions will include John Gardner, a pastor; Rachel Rayburn, an IPFW assistant professor of public policy; Tom Lewandowski, an area labor organizer, and Hedayeh Samavti, an IPFW professor of economics. The panel discussion will be moderated by Andrew Downs, an associate professor of political science.

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