PLYMOUTH. — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Chuck Collins, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27. Collins will speak in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Collins says the gap between rich and poor is the widest it has been in a century, and that our national conversation about how to address this challenge is polarized. He will discuss the impact of inequality and a path toward an economy that works for everyone.
Collins directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the institute, and is well known for his efforts to bridge the national debate on wealth inequality and taxes. He is cofounder of Wealth for the Common Good and the Patriotic Millionaires, two efforts to organize members of the "1 percent" to advocate for fair tax policy.
He is co-author with Bill Gates Sr of ''Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes'', and co-author of ''The Moral Measure of the Economy'', about Christian ethics and economic life. His most recent book, published in 2012, is ''99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It.''
The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the university each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. The series is named for humanitarian and New Hampshire businessman Saul O Sidore.
The theme for this year's series is "Whatever Happened to Ethics." The Sidore Series suggests that, "from hunger and the financial crisis in the U.S. and abroad to global warming, there is an ethical component to our failure in dealing with these issues." Series speakers discuss the ethical and moral expressions of the problems of today, and potential solutions.
The final speaker in the 2013–14 series will be author and retired educator and biologist Thomas F. Lee, addressing The Promises and Perils of the New Biology, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Silver Center.
All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.