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Reed College Addresses Issues of Democracy and Inequality Through Public Policy


Reed’s Public Policy Lecture Series begins on Tuesday, March 4th at 7:30 p.m. in the Eliot Hall chapel with “The Qualities and Inequalities of Care,” by Nancy Folbre. Other speakers include; Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution; Linda McClain author of The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility; and Shamus Roller director of the Coalition on Regional Quality.


PORTLAND, OR (February 21, 2008) -- Leading academics, public intellectuals, and public policy experts travel to Reed College for what has become an annual event to share ideas and address the complex challenges of creating political, social, and technological equality in the 21st Century. Reed’s Public Policy Lecture Series begins on Tuesday, March 4th at 7:30 p.m. in the Eliot Hall chapel with “The Qualities and Inequalities of Care,” by Nancy Folbre. Other speakers include; Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution; Linda McClain author of The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility; and Shamus Roller director of the Coalition on Regional Quality.

Folbre is professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts. She has worked as a consultant to the United Nations Human Development Office, and the World Bank. Her forthcoming book is Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family. Folbre’s lecture explores the economic characteristics of the “care sector”—in which women provide a disproportionate share of the care for our children, sick, disabled, and elderly—and asks how we might be able to reorganize it in ways that improve both quality of care and equality of opportunity. Sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.

Diamond will present "The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World" on Thursday, March 6th at 7:30 p.m. in the Vollum lecture hall. Diamond assesses the state of democratic progress in the world, and the prospects for the entire world to become democratic, while laying out some strategic principles for defending and advancing global democratic progress. In 2004, Diamond was a senior adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority, working to write the Iraqi constitution. He is a founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and a co-director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment of Democracy. Sponsored by the Munk-Darling Lecture Fund in International Relations.

McClain will present "What’s so Hard about Sex Equality?" on Thursday, April 10th at 7:30 p.m. in the Eliot Hall chapel. McClain, a professor of law at Boston University, focuses on social cooperation between men and women. She is the author of The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility and is currently working on several book projects, including Rights and Irresponsibility, and Why Is Equality So Hard? Sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.

Shamus Roller will present "How Sewer Systems Segregated America" on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in Eliot Hall chapel. Roller is the executive director of the Sacramento Housing Alliance, and director of the Coalition on Regional Equality. He details the use of regional planning to combat the spread of racial and socioeconomic inequality. Sponsored by the Mildred Twohy Benezet Memorial Lecture Fund.