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The Forum series opens with focus on income inequality

| Denise Olson

The 75th season of The Forum series at UW-Eau Claire opens Sept. 21 with guest speaker Dr. David Madland.

A senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, Madland will present "A 100-Year Reflection on Income Inequality." His 60-minute presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium on UW-Eau Claire’s lower campus, and will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. A reception will be held in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center after the presentation.

Madland has written extensively about the U.S. economy and politics, and is considered an expert in the topics of economic inequality, retirement and pension policy, labor unions and workplace standards. 

Madland, who received a doctorate from Georgetown University, appears frequently on television shows like "PBS NewsHour" and "Crossfire" on CNN. Madland points to the loss of a strong middle class as the core failing of the U.S. economy. His 2015 book, "Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn’t Work without a Strong Middle Class," asserts the following:  

"For the past several decades, politicians and economists thought that high levels of inequality were good for the economy. But because America's middle class is now so weak, the U.S. economy suffers from the kinds of problems that plague less-developed countries. As 'Hollowed Out' explains, to have strong, sustainable growth, the economy needs to work for everyone and expand from the middle out. This new thinking has the potential to supplant trickle-down economics — the theory that was so wrong about inequality and our economy — and shape economic policymaking for generations."

Tickets are available online, by phone at 715-836-3727, at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby or at the door the day of the event.

The Forum is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire. Speakers are selected and administered by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office of the University Centers and by an administrative committee composed of students, faculty, staff and community members. General promotional support is provided by WHYS Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio.

As one of the longest continuous programs of its kind in the U.S., The Forum has worked to present many of the world’s thought leaders since its founding in 1942.