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Webcast: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do about It

Date: April 23 2012

The gap between the richest and poorest Americans has been growing since 1979 – reversing a half-century of progress toward more broadly shared prosperity. In his new book The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do about It, New Republic columnist Timothy Noah traces the economic and political policies and practices that led to the country’s growing wealth gap. This is a live webcast of the inaugural forum in TCF’s Speaking of Change series and the first discussion of Tim Noah’s new book, The Great Divergence, which will be officially released on May 1.

When:    Tuesday, April 24, 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Where:    Live webstream is available at or
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Featured Panelists:

Daniel Alpert, Century Foundation Fellow and a founding managing partner of Westwood Capital, LLC

Robert Hockett, Century Foundation Fellow and professor, Cornell University Law School

Timothy Noah, New Republic columnist and author of The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It

Dorian Warren, assistant professor of International and Public Affairs, the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, and fellow at the Roosevelt Institute

Greg Anrig, VP for Program and Policy, The Century Foundation (moderator)

To attend the event, RSVP to: with “Inequality” in the subject line

About the Series: The Century Foundation is a progressive nonpartisan think tank. Originally known as the Twentieth Century Fund, it was founded in 1919 and initially endowed by Edward Filene, a leading Republican businessman and champion of fair workplaces and employee ownership strategies, with an eye to ensuring that economic opportunity is available to all. Filene’s ideas and ideals, as expressed through speeches and articles, were collected in the book, Speaking of Change, which was published in 1938, after his death, as a tribute to him and his progressive vision. This forum series, by the same name, examines today’s pressing policy issues related to equity and opportunity.