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Thursday, October 3 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Radical Equality: Pathways to Reversing Extreme Wealth Inequality

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We are living in a time of extreme inequality of income, wealth, and opportunity, much as the U.S. was experiencing a century ago during the first Gilded Age.
The concentration of wealth has reached a pinnacle, with three billionaires owning as much wealth as the bottom half of US households combined. The racial wealth divide is growing, with the median white household holding 41 times the wealth of the median black household. These grotesque inequalities undermine every aspect of our lives, including our physical health, environment, social connectedness, democracy, civic life, and economic health and vibrancy.

What will it take to reverse engineer these trends to build a more radically equal and regenerative society? How do we decolonize our concept of wealth –and disrupt the societal stories and narratives of deservedness that justify and perpetuate these inequalities? What is a vision of a radically more equitable society look like? What are the pathways forward?

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Chuck Collins

Director, Program on Inequality and the Common Good, Institute for Policy Studies
Chuck Collins is the Director the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is author of the popular book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, an... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Amphitheater - A407