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We Are the 99 Percent: Economic Justice and the US Economy

Date: 02/19/2013

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center

Cost: $125


This three-session short course is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


The 2008 financial meltdown engendered widespread socio-economic inequalities and raised serious questions about the direction, values, and practices of the U.S. economy. For the past three decades, economists and scholars have warned of a growing disparity in income distribution in this country. But their warnings failed to capture public attention until the cause was championed by the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011. Do protest movements like Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party effectively challenge the sustainability of our current system? What has been Wall Street's role in generating increasing socio-economic instability and inequality? Does a social contract still exist? During this course you will analyze the culture, ethics, and values of the U.S. economy. You also will briefly examine the history of economic justice struggles and explore the moral philosophies and cultural critiques that have formed our understanding of economic justice.

Instructor Karen Ho is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota. She received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton University and is the author of Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (Duke University Press Books, 2009). Based on three years of fieldwork among investment banks and bankers, her book exposes the dominance of the financial culture that created the current economic crisis.


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LearningLife is a program of the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Established in 1913, the College provides high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.


  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

More information: http://z.umn.edu/b06

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at 612-624-4000 or at cceinfo@umn.edu.

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