'Growing Apart'

Senator Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren will deliver an address on April 8 at 2:30 p.m. in Robsham Theater at the Boston College conference "Growing Apart: The Implications of Economic Inequality."

Sponsored by the Jesuit Institute, the two-day conference is an outgrowth of the institute's interdisciplinary faculty seminar on economic inequality featuring faculty from the disciplines of social work, law, education, political science, management, economics, theology and philosophy. The seminar focuses on the point at which economic inequality becomes pernicious, and what strategies might be employed to alleviate the worst consequences of the growing gap between rich and poor in the U.S. 

Warren, the senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, is known for her advocacy work related to the American economy and personal finance. A legal scholar, she previously was a faculty member at Harvard Law School. Her scholarship led to the conception and establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Other featured speakers at the conference will be Victor Tan Chen, a sociology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and the author of Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy and The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America, and Shaji George Kochurthara, CMI, a visiting scholar at BC's Jesuit Institute.  An associate professor of theology at the Faculty of Theology, Dharmaram Viday Kshetram in Bangalore, India, he is the editor-in-chief of Asian Horizons, Dharmaram Journal of Theology and chairman of the Institutional Ethical Board of St John’s Medical College, Bangalore.

The conference also will feature a number of faculty and student sessions on subjects such as inequality, sustainability and ideology; inequality in global perspectives; and community, education and inequality, among other topics.

For a full conference schedule, see the Jesuit Institute website.

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