Purdue Calumet Professor Discusses ‘Inequality in Modern America’

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March 12, 2014 — Purdue University Calumet–

HAMMOND, Ind. — Purdue University Calumet’s fifth annual Faculty Lecture will feature longtime Professor of History Saul Lerner discussing inequality in America as a partisan and dividing political issue. The campus presentation is at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library.

Titled “Inequality in Modern America: Causes, Consequences, and Future Prospects,” Professor Lerner will examine the division between Republicans and Democrats on differing economic viewpoints.

“One party view insists the government is the source of our nation’s economic problems, while the other party insists that government is the solution,” he said. “This issue was a significant part of the 2012 national election campaign and has continued to be a significant, partisan political issue.”

Reviewing recent arguments and literature, he will discuss how inequality might be reduced and democracy expanded or more fully restored.

Professor Lerner has served Purdue Calumet since 1967 in a wide range of faculty and administrative capacities. His teaching and research areas of expertise and interest include: American environmental, intellectual and economic history; the Holocaust; history of the 1960s; and bigotry in history. He is a former Purdue Calumet Outstanding Teaching Award recipient.

For 25 years he also was head of the Department of History and Political Science. Other positions he has held include: Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Affirmative Action Officer and Honors Program Director.

“Through this lecture, it is my hope to bring greater understanding to one of the most important political, economic, social and ideological problems of our time,” he said.

Admission is free. The Student Union & Library is located at 2233 173rd St.—one-third mile north of Interstate 80/94 on Indianapolis Boulevard to 173rd Street, four blocks east to campus. At the traffic light turn north into a large parking lot.

Professor Lerner holds a baccalaureate degree from Youngstown State (OH) University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas.

[Photo: Professor Saul Lerner, courtesy Purdue Calumet]


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