American Democracy Project hosts ‘Inequality for All’ screening

InequalityForAll

Webcast with filmmaker to follow film

By SARA GIBONEY
UNK Communications

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney American Democracy Project will host a special Times Talk Event that will feature a screening of the film, “Inequality for All” followed by a webcast with the filmmaker.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 20) in Copeland Hall 130.

In the 2013 documentary “Inequality for All,” Robert Reich aims to raise awareness about the country’s widening economic gap. The film won the special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

“The issue of wealth distribution is timely and also is reflective of the complexities associated with balancing the core democratic ideals of freedom, equality and justice,” said Dennis Potthoff, professor of teacher education and American Democracy Project Coordinator.

Campuses across the United States will simultaneously screen the film. Following the film, Reich will do a national webcast from San Francisco State University.

Reich is the best-selling author of 13 books, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California-Berkeley, former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton and an expert on economics.

“We are very excited about the opportunity that this event presents to raise awareness about economic inequality in America and afford our students a chance to come together for dialogue and deliberation on the subject,” Potthoff said.

Allan Jenkins, economics professor; Daryl Kelley, sociology, geography and earth sciences professor; and political science professor Claude Louishomme will take part in a panel discussion after the webcast.

Pizza and drinks will be provided.

“The UNK campus is pleased to provide this opportunity for the campus and is also very excited to invite individuals from the larger community. Everyone is welcome,” Potthoff said.

The American Democracy Project at UNK promotes civic and political engagement among students. The organization provides opportunities across campus for individuals to get involved in the democratic community through volunteering, advocacy, voting and service learning. The American Democracy Project is a national program sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in partnership with the New York Times.

For more information on the film, go to www.inequalityforall.com/. For more information on the American Democracy Project at UNK, go to www.unk.edu/adp/.

Source: Dennis Potthoff, 308.865.8813, potthoffd@unk.edu
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529, giboneys2@unk.edu

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