University experts discuss why we should care about income inequality at the Dolan School Dean’s Lecture on November 7.
It’s important that our students think about economic issues that affect all of us.
— Don Gibson, PhD, vice provost for Academic Affairs
As part of the Dolan School Dean’s Lecture series, the School will present an expert panel on November 7 at 7 p.m. to discuss the topic of income inequality. Panelists Phil Cagnassola ’92, Dolan School Investor-in-Residence and founder of Frasier Capital, Richard Greenwald, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Rev. Frank Hannafey, S.J., associate professor of Religious Studies, and Kathy Nantz, PhD, professor of Economics will fuel the discussion. Don Gibson, PhD, vice provost for Academic Affairs and former dean of the Dolan School, will moderate the evening.
“There has been much discussion about income inequality in our divided political landscape, said Dr. Gibson. "The top one percent are getting richer at a much faster rate than the other ninety-nine percent, whose wages have largely been flat for at least the last decade. Some contend that this is an issue all of us should be concerned about. Others argue that high incomes are a reward for ingenuity and cleverness, and that we all benefit from an economy that awards achievement, he said.
The lecture, “Why Should We Care About Income Inequality?” will explore how income inequality is an important issue for students in a Jesuit university. The goal of the discussion is for students to learn what business leaders can do about income inequality. Panelists will discuss the concept of income inequality on a wide range of perspectives and address the following:
- What income inequality is, how it differs from other social inequalities, and why it matters.
- The history of income inequality.
- How income inequality can be viewed from the perspective of Catholic social teachings.
- How income inequality can be viewed from a professional perspective as a business investor.
“The Dolan School of Business is focused on developing ethical business leaders for a global future. It’s important that our students think about economic issues that affect all of us,” said Dr. Gibson. “In particular, we have a Jesuit and Catholic mission that emphasizes social justice and a concern for the poor. Rapidly increasing income inequality creates greater wealth for a few, and greater poverty for many.”
Students interested in attending the event on Tuesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room should register on OrgSync.