Critical Issues Symposium #HopeCIS





CIS Fall 2016 September 27-28, 2016
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7 PM

Dimnent Memorial Chapel

Keynote Speaker:

Chuck Collins

Inequality Matters: How America’s Extreme Wealth Gap Undermines Democracy and What We Can Do About It.

We are living through a period of extreme inequality, where the gap between rich and poor is at its greatest level since the Gilded Age a century ago.  But our national conversation about how to address this challenge is equally polarized.  Why is inequality growing? Why does it matter? What is the impact on our democracy and economy? What can we do about it?  Chuck Collins will discuss the impact of inequality on all that we cherish –and the path forward to economy that works for everyone. 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 9 AM

Concert Hall, Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts

Keynote Speaker:

David Phillips

Following Our Hearts or Our Brains in an Age of Inequality

Income inequality has increased dramatically in the United States.  Should people respond with actions based on heartfelt alarm and anger at growing gaps between the rich and poor?  Or will people moved to action by emotion unintentionally make the situations worse by failing to think through the consequences of particular actions?  Vibrant Christian faith, close attention to personal experience, and the best economic research point to an answer: rising inequality demands a response of both heart and mind.





CIS Related Events (Free admission)

September 26, 6:30 PM When Elephants Fight

Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall

A documentary on how the fight for natural resources is impacting the Congo and is linked to issues in the world. Join us for the film screening and talkback with award-winning Filmmaker/Director Mike Ramsdell. More about When Elephants Fight

(Sponsored by: Women’s & Gender Studies, Cultural Affairs Committee, Political Science, History, Theater, Sociology & Social Work, Economics and Business, Dance)


November 10, 7 PM Poverty, Inc.

Knickerbocker Theatre

This feature-length documentary focuses on the worldwide "poverty industry," the people who benefit from it, and those who are harmed. Following the film, Daniel Jean Louis, a Haitian entrepreneur, will lead an audience discussion of the film and of how Christians might respond to the issues it raises. More about Poverty, Inc.

(Part of The Big Read Holland Area program)


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Online Resource Guide - The staff at Van Wylen Library has provided an online guide for those who wish to explore the Fall 2016 CIS topic of "Economic Inequality in a Democratic Society " and the many issues related to it.



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CIS events are free and open to the public. Anyone with an interest in the topic being discussed is welcome to attend all or part of CIS.

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