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David Cay Johnston Will Keynote the Symposium on the Impact of Wealth Disparity on America – November 22

Who is David Cay Johnston?

He’s a prolific Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and author writing for Newsweek, Al Jazeera America, The Nation, Common Dreams, Democracy Now, The National Memo and several tax journals. He wrote for the New York Times for over 13 years along with the Detroit Free Press, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the LA Times. He’s a regular contributor on many of MSNBC’s programs. Among his books are:

Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality (2014)

The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind

Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense and Stick You With The Bill (2007)

Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super-Rich–and Cheat Everybody Else (2003)

Temples of Chance: How America Inc. Bought Out Murder Inc. to Win Control of the Casino Business (1992)

Event Schedule

November 21st, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM: David Cay Johnston Press Conference/Editorial Board Interviews/Meet & Greet with QCA business and giving communities

Location: Fresh Deli at the Freight House 421 W River Dr. – Davenport, Iowa
Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba welcome to Quad Cities, David discusses Impact of Wealth Disparity on Business and Philanthropy

November 22nd, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM: Symposium on the Impact of Wealth Disparity on America

Location: Augustana College, Olin Hall – Rock Island, Illinois
Moderated by Morning News Anchor Emily Scarlett (TV4) and featuring Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, Keynote Speaker. Break-out sessions with Augustana College Dean Dr. Pareena Lawrence, Rev. Dwight Ford, Dr. Christopher Whitt, Mayor Bill Gluba, Dr. Keri Manning with other thought-leaders from the greater QCA community.

11:00 AM: Concurrent Break-out sessions
Topics include:
– Political and Governmental Elements of Wealth Disparity: Government has long been seen as playing an integral role in alleviating poverty. Political efforts have had different effects on government over time.
– Poverty on the Community Level: What is the “big picture” in the QCA
– Poverty Issues in K – 12 Education: How do our schools deal with poverty? What are they seeing?
– Long Term Inter-Generational Poverty: What is it’s grip on our society? What do we need to do to break that grip?
– The Economy: What is the impact of wealth disparity on business? On the Gross Domestic Product? On the overall direction of the economy?
– Poverty Consciousness: What is the psychology and sociology of wealth disparity? What is the relationship with the legal system?

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Roundtable/Closing Discussion

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There is limited seating for a dinner with David Cay Johnston on Friday evening, November 21st. Start Time will be 6:30 PM. Tickets are $15. Contact Bob Babcock at PACG.EJF@gmail.com for tickets.
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