This week, our guest will be Chuck Collins, a senior scholar at the
Institute for Policy Studies where
he directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is a national
expert on economic inequality and the current economic crisis in the U.S.
He coordinates a number of public policy initiatives to reduce income and
wealth disparities, including Wealth for the Common Good
, a network of business leaders and high net worth
individuals concerned about inequality.
He is author of several books, including Economic Apartheid in America: A
Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity (New Press, 2005). He
co-authored with Bill Gates Sr., Wealth and Our Commonwealth, a case for
taxing inherited fortunes. His newest book co-authored with Mary Wright,
The Moral Measure of the Economy (Orbis Press, May 2007), examines Christian
perspectives on U.S. economic life. It was named as one of the Best
Spiritual Books of 2007, according to Spirituality and Practice. He
recently co-authored a comic book on the economic crisis, called the
Economic Meltdown Funnies.
Chuck will also be a keynote speaker, along with Mary Wright, at The Harvest of Justice conference in Austin on June 6th. It will be a day of prayer, connection to the gospel values regarding justice and economics, learning, and inspiration to help shape a more just economy. Participants can take an interactive role in the keynote presentations via questions and focused discussions with other conference attendees. Each person can also attend two lively, fast-paced breakout sessions on various topics related to justice and economics.