Critical Issues Symposium #HopeCIS





September 27 & 28, 2016

Economic Inequality

in a Democratic Society

Chuck Collins

Keynote Speaker - Chuck Collins

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 7 PM, Dimnent Memorial Chapel

Chuck Collins is an organizer, storyteller, agitator, and writer.  He is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he works on issues of wealth inequalitycommunity resilience building, and the transition to a new economy.  He writes for a variety of publications including YES Magazine, The American Prospect, The Nation, and blogs here at

He lives in the urban Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain where he is community gardener, transition activist and local guy. He spends some time at his off-the-grid cabin outside Brattleboro, Vermont.

Collins is co-founder of several organizations including Wealth for the Common Good, the Other 98%, and United for a Fair Economy. See his organizational connections here.

He is co-author of several books, including, with Bill Gates Sr., Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes, and with Mary Wright, The Moral Measure of the Economy.  His most recent book is 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. See his books here.

Looking back:

Spring 2016 CIS Speakers

Speaker Photo Collage

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Sesquicentennial Logo

Celebrating Hope College's Sesquicentennial in 2015-16


The staff at Van Wylen Library has provided an online guide for those who wish to explore further the Spring 2016 CIS topic of "Engaging the Middle East: Understanding Contemporary Changes" and the many issues related to it.

Online Resource Guide

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Day classes are cancelled for the Wednesday of CIS However, evening classes for that day will still be held as scheduled.