2014 Labor Day/Barbara Sabol Memorial Lecture
McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility
Department of Economics at King’s College
The Peace and Justice Center
“Bread, Roses, and Rest: Securing Meaningful Retirement for All”
When: Wednesda, September 3, 2014, 4:00 PM Where: Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA Speaker: Teresa Ghilarducci, Ph.D., the Irene and Bernard L. Schwartz Chair of Economic Policy Analysis at The New School for Social Research On September 1, 2014, the country will be celebrating our annual Labor Day: schools will be closed, stores will have sales, and workers in all stages in life will be commended for their services. How far does that appreciation for the worker extend as our lives continue? The workers who receive unequal pay, unequal working conditions, and unequal rights–will they find equal retirement opportunities when the time comes? Or will the injustices continue in our unfortunate cycle of disproportionate income and opportunities? Our modern economy’s ideal is that everyone is entitled to a dignified retirement. Teresa Ghilarducci, an economist at The New School for Social Research, will talk to us about how this hope can become more realistic for a greater population, with reform of systems such as worker pension, Social Security expansion, and 401(k)s. Join us for this enlightening talk in honor of the economic justice that workers need and deserve. The Barbara Sabol Memorial Lecture Series is designed to promote awareness of peace and social justice issues by bringing recognized personalities to speak to our community. The 2014 lecture, which is doubling as the Annual Labor Day Lecture at King’s, is presented in partnership with the Department of Economics and the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s College, which is sponsoring the visit of Professor Ghilarducci.
The Barbara Sabol Memorial Lecture Series is designed to promote awareness of peace and social issues by bringing recognized personalities to speak to our community. The series creates dynamic and exciting discussion of the world we live in and how it affects everyone, all the way down to our city. Past speakers have been:
- Nationally recognized writer and commentator, Pamela Varkony, best known for her keen insights on politics and current affairs, whose stories cover subjects from business ethics to the status of women in the third world
- Rob Robinson, a member of the Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights, which is supported by the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), and a member of the Land and Housing Action group of the Take Back the Land Movement, coordinated by the US Human Rights Network.
- Willie Baptist, a scholar-in-residence at Union Theological Seminary in New York City who has experience with the Black Student Movement, a lead organizer with the United Steelworkers, and and co-author of Pedagogy of the Poor