Four faculty members from Clark College will talk about income inequality causes and impacts at a panel discussion Thursday.
Economics instructor Patricia Atkinson and professors Michael Ceriello, Kushlani de Soyza and Don Ludwig will provide expertise from their respective fields on the matter in a discussion called “Income Inequality: Is the American Dream at Risk?” The discussion will use the recent book “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” by Robert D. Putnam as a discussion guide.
The discussion starts 6 p.m. at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, in Foster Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. Dave Kosloski, professor of communications studies and a former coach of Clark’s speech and debate team, will moderate.
Atkinson, who has taught at Clark College since 2008, said the issue hasn’t dissipated despite forward strides from the U.S. economy in recent years.
“That slowdown of the economy from 2007 to 2009 was so slow to get out from, and people are feeling constrained,” Atkinson said in an interview with The Columbian. “Jobs have been scarce, incomes have been slow to grow. Many have felt their incomes fall, even though the economy has been growing since mid-2009.”