October 12, 2011

Hamline to Host Annual Conference on Economic Injustice and Education

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Faltering job markets, slow economic growth, and rising levels of poverty are hot-button topics that impact countless people world-wide. On Friday, October 12 some of the brightest economic minds in the region will converge at Hamline to take these issues on.

“We have attendees coming from all across the Midwest to attend the conference,” Fahima Aziz, an economics professor and vice-president of the Minnesota Economic Association, said. “This year we have an excellent slate of speakers and the topics are  timely and of much interest to our audience.”

Aziz is a 15-year veteran and the fall 2011 president-elect of the organization, which connects the business community (both profit and nonprofit), faculty, and students through the desire to find solutions to economic issues. This year, the conference will focus on financial inequality, education, and use of copyrights.

“We always want topics that are relevant to everyone, from academia to our business leaders” Aziz said. “Many are fearful of the lingering effects of the deep recession, and concerned about the increasing poverty rate and the future of education. We want to have thoughtful discussions on these important matters.”

This year’s conference will host a wide variety of experts and dignitaries including the Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassillius and Nobel Laureate Roger Myerson, a recognized pioneer of several economic theories.

Also featured will be Jonathan Heathcote, senior economist at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, delivering a presentation entitled, “Unequal We Stand: Economic Inequality in the United States."

This is the third consecutive year that the Hamline campus has been chosen to host the conference due to its urban location, excellent facilities and the university’s commitment to further the advancement of knowledge on relevant economic matters such as poverty, income inequality, and social justice.

“Hamline has been a superb host in the past and the Minnesota Economic Association has been very impressed,” Aziz said. “It’s really a perfect venue."