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Central U to Host Economist Kotlikoff

NEW BRITAIN, CT – With the economy and debt crisis making front page news, Central Connecticut State University’s School of Business will present “Fixing America,” an American Savings Foundation Endowed Chair in Banking & Finance Distinguished Lecture.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will be presented by economist Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Ph.D., the William Fairfield Warren Professor of Economics at Boston University. The event will be held in Founders Hall March 6 at 7 p.m.

Kotlikoff is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society, is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc. He has served as a consultant to numerous U.S. and international banks, financial institutions, and corporations. He has provided expert testimony to Congress including the Senate Finance, the House Ways and Means, and the Joint Economic committees.

Some of his recent books, which address financial reform, taxes, personal finance, Social Security, and pensions, include The Clash of GenerationsThe Economic Consequences of the Vickers CommissionThe Healthcare FixThe Coming Generational Storm, and Generational Policy. His columns and blogs appear in numerous digital and print publications. Kotlikoff earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

The American Savings Foundation was established by the board of directors of American Savings Bank with the belief that in addition to serving its customers well, it should also help make the entire community a better place to live and work. The Foundation remains a permanent, independent charitable endowment dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting education, human services, and the arts, with a special emphasis on the needs of children, youth, and families.

For more information about the event, contact Rosa Colon at 860 832-3209 or ColonR@mail.ccsu.edu.


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Hartford Public Library to Hold Forum that Explores Past and Present Civil Rights Movements

Updated Dec. 2, 2012, 6:32 a.m.

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — The Hartford Public Library’s annual literary feast, One Book, One Hartford, will culminate with what’s anticipated to be an electrifying forum about the murder of Emmett Till, which helped spark the 20th-century Civil Rights Movement in the American South.

Organizers say the discussion will explore the past and present civil rights movements, more specifically how much progress America has made since the terrible tragedy occurred in 1955.

Entitled “Where Are We Now?: The Past and Present of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement,” the two-hour discussion will be on Monday, Dec. 3. with an hour of questions and answers. It will be held in the Center for Contemporary Culture auditorium on the first floor of the Downtown Hartford Public Library at 500 Main St. Light refreshments will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The discussion will begin at 6 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Confirmed panelists represents a cross section of the Greater Hartford community: Hartford NAACP Executive Director Mohammed Ansari; Senior Pastor of Faith Congregational Church, Rev. Stephen W. Camp, University of Connecticut Professor Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar; Hartford Youth Activist Yusef Kardulis; American Civil Liberties Union, Hartford Chapter Executive Director Sandra Staub. See flyer here.

The five-member panelists will be moderated by The Hartford Guardian Founder, Ann-Marie Adams.

The discussion will center on this year’s book, A Wreath for Emmett Till, written by University of Connecticut Professor, award-winning Poet Laureate Marilyn Nelson.

The book, which garnered a Robert Frost Award, is actually comprised of interlinked sonnets.  A sonnet is a fourteen-line rhyming poem in iambic pentameter ( meaning it’s sing songy). Critics said A Wreath for Emmett Till gives us this martyr’s wreath, woven from a little known but sophisticated form of poetry, and challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to “speak what we see.”

This book is also intricately laced with lines that lingers in one’s memory, such as:

Trillium, apple blossoms, Queen Anne’s lace,

Indian pipe, bloodroot, white as moonbeams,

Like the full moon, which smiled calmly on his death,

Like his gouged eye, which watched boots kick his face.

Organizers said they selected Nelson’s book not just because of its literary merit or because it’s accessible to young readers, but because of its social relevance today in light of the Trayvon Martin case, in which a 17-year old boy was shot and killed in February as he made his way home with iced-tea and skittles. Since the Martin case earlier this year, other cases have emerged.

According to a recent Washington-ABC poll, there’s a stark racial divide on the Trayvon Martin case, which riveted the nation. People across America, including Hartford, protested, marched and discussed the delayed justice for Martin.

This year’s book speaks to that theme of the long walk to justice in the black community, organizers said.

” We are doing this program because it’s been 57 years since the tragedy [of Emmett Till], and we want to explore how things have changed or have not changed,” said Hartford Public Librarian Julie Carroll. “On one hand, there is the terrible Trayvon Martin case. On the other hand there is the re-election of Barack Obama. So where are we now in terms of human rights? That’s our question.”

Adams, a recent Frank C. Munson Institute Paul Cuffe Fellow, said she is excited about that the Library chose Nelson’s award-winning book and was having this difficult but necessary discussion about race in America.

“Race is always on the table in our daily lives in New England and across the nation,” Adams said. “But many Americans tend to silence or sanction those who speak out about it, hence the fear that has paralyzed leaders in our community. Frankly, I was a bit surprised when I learned about this forum. Nevertheless,  I’m so looking forward to what seems like an intellectually robust and satiating discussion.”

The anticipated discussion, originally scheduled for Nov. 30, was rescheduled for Dec. 3 because of Tropical Storm Sandy.

A discussion guide for this year’s One Book One Hartford theme is at http://onebookonehartford.org/Discussion_Guides.shtml. Or click here.

For more information, call Julie Carroll at 860-695-6300.

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