Economic inequality is the defining issue of our day. The gap between the very rich and very poor in developing nations dashed hopes that all boats would rise together. Certainly the writings of Katherine Boo, the 2015 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award Winner, underscore what some believe to be the persistent link between rapid growth and widespread, stark poverty in emerging economies. In the U.S., there is little doubt that poverty, stagnant wages, the “one percent,” and the prospects of a shattered American dream will shape the 2016 election and set the policy agenda for a generation. This distinguished panel of journalist will explore the significance and challenges of reporting on this critically important issue.
Panelists include Mike Baker, investigative reporter, Seattle Times; Kathleen Kingsbury, editor of the Ideas section, Boston Globe; and Wendi Thomas, columnist, Memphis Flyer. The panel will be moderated by Walter Hatch, associate professor of Government.
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