[URPE] [NYC] Full Employment Seminar - Special Night and Place
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From: Matthew S Winters <msw22 at columbia.edu>
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Subject: Full Employment Seminar - Special Night and Place
Dear Seminar Participant:
Welcome to the first Seminar on Full Employment, Social Welfare and
fall 2005. This first seminar is on an UNUSUAL DAY--Tuesday 27
is in an UNUSUAL PLACE--the Kellogg Center, Room 1512 on the 15th floor
International Affairs Building. If you do not have Columbia ID, please
arrive early, as the building will be locked at 7:00. Matt Winters, our
rapporteur, will check for stragglers just before the seminar begins.
Next month, the seminar will return to Monday night.
Hope to see you there,
Helen Ginsburg, Co-chair
Sheila Collins, Co-chair
Trudy Goldberg, Co-chair
DATE: TUESDAY 27 September - 7:15 p.m. - 1512 IAB
(Optional buffet dinner at 6:00 p.m. at Faculty House)
SPEAKER: Sam Pizzigati, author of _Greed and Good_
TOPIC: Greed, Good and the 'Maximum Wage'
A century ago, Americans with a 'social conscience' saw the campaign for
economic justice as a two-front struggle. A good and decent society
emerge, they believed, if more wealth accumulated at the bottom of the
order, less at the top. These progressives fought tirelessly to both
up' the poor and 'level down' the rich--and they succeeded, to a remarkable
extent. By the end of the mid 20th century, the United States had
significantly reduced poverty, nurtured the world's first mass middle
and flattened the plutocracy that had once so dominated American life.
Today, that plutocracy is back. But contemporary political leaders
to mind. Efforts to 'level down' the top, they argue, amount to a divisive
distraction from the real task at hand: ensuring decency for the poor. Are
they right? Or does success in the struggle to 'level down' remain a
and political prerequisite for ensuring decency to all? And if we do
resurrect a level-down politics, what strategic approach, here in the early
21st century, offers progressives the best shot at success?
Sam Pizzigati has written widely on economic inequality, with op-eds and
articles appearing in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the
Sun, the Futurist, and a host of other newspapers, magazines, and
long-time labor movement journalist, Pizzigati has edited publications
different national unions and directed, for twenty years, the publishing
operations of America's largest union, the 2.7 million-member National
Education Association. Pizzigati currently edits Too Much, an online
capping excessive income and wealth, and serves on the boards of
two groups active in economic justice education and organizing, the
Boston-based United for a Fair Economy and Progressive Maryland. He
on the editorial board of the Labor Studies Journal, a leading academic
periodical on workplace issues. Pizzigati's recently published third book,
_Greed and Good: Understanding and Overcoming the Inequality That Limits
Lives_ (The Apex Press) explores the dangers to society that concentrated
wealth poses and advances an inoovative strategy for a more equal
native New Yorker, Pizzigati has lived in Maryland, just outside
D.C., since 1975.
Please RSVP to Matt Winters (msw22 at columbia.edu) by Friday 23 September.
Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. at Faculty House, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. Enter via
gate on the east side of Broadway at 116TH STREET; go through campus and
AMSTERDAM AVE. Continue on West 116th past the Law School and turn left
through the gate, turn right beyond Wein Hall on the right and go down
to Faculty House. Purchase a ticket for dinner ($19) at the ticket
the first floor, and then the dinner buffet is in the DeWitt Clinton Dining
Room on the fourth floor.
The seminar is at 7:15 p.m. in the KELLOGG CENTER on the 15th floor of the
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BUILDING. The street entrance for the International
Affairs Building is on Amsterdam Avenue at the corner of 118th Street
from St. Paul's Chapel.
University Seminar on Full Employment #613
____ I will ____ I will not attend the meeting on TUESDAY 27
____ I will ____ I will not join the group for dinner ($19).
Chaired by Helen Lachs Ginsburg, helenginsburg at yahoo.com, Sheila Collins,
sheila.collins3 at verizon.net, and Trudy Goldberg, trudygoldberg at msn.com.
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