Public Policy Lecture Series

Fall 2007

Democracy and Inequality: Political Challenges in the 21st Century

The 2007-08 Public Policy Lecture Series at Reed College addresses the complex challenges posed to democratic politics by inequality—global and domestic, economic, political, social, and technological.

EdelmanPeter Edelman
“From Poverty to Prosperity:
A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half”

Thursday, October 25, 6 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Peter Edelman served as an assistant secretary in the Health and Human Services Department during the Clinton Administration, and served as an adviser to senators Robert Kennedy and Edward Kennedy. He is on the faculty of the Georgetown Law Center.  


Sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.


PivenFrances Fox Piven
“Can Power from Below Change the World?”

Saturday,  November 3, 2 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York as well as president of the American Sociological Association. She studies the development of the welfare state, political movements, and urban politics; her books include Challenging Authority and Why Americans Still Don’t Vote: And Why Politicians Want it That Way.


Sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.


BalesKevin Bales
“How Sewer Systems Segregated America”

Monday, November 12, 6 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel

Kevin Bales is professor emeritus of sociology at Roehampton University as well as president of Free the Slaves, a nongovernmental organization working to eradicate slavery. He is author of Disposable People and the forthcoming Ending Slavery.



Sponsored by the David Robinson Memorial Fund for Human Rights.