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Kent State to Participate in Nationwide Screening of American Economy Film

Posted Feb. 17, 2014

Kent State University Libraries, the Department of Political Science and the Political Science Club will sponsor a showing on Feb. 20 of the film Inequality for All with a webcast to follow, hosted by Robert Reich, former U.S. secretary of labor and the documentary’s producer.

The film will begin simultaneously at 5 p.m. ET at dozens of universities and colleges across the country. At 6:30 p.m. ET, Reich will open up a discussion with students in a simulcast live from San Francisco State University. The screening and simulcast will be offered free of charge to students and faculty in Room 177 at the Schwartz Center.

Thom Yantek, Kent State associate political science professor, says the film will educate viewers on the widening income gap between social classes and the harsh impact on the American economy.

“Inequality in the United States is a major problem,” says Yantek. “A lot of people don’t know that the United States has the greatest degree of inequality among the modern industrialized democracies.”

He says the film will be beneficial to Kent State students because inequality is projected to be a major issue in the upcoming congressional elections. Yantek also says civic engagement has been a major theme at Kent State for several years, and the film’s content will tune students into that topic.

“I hope the information in the film will be an eye opener to our students, and energize this issue into their day-to-day thinking,” says Yantek. “It could be our students’ generation that will help reverse the inequality trend.”

Christopher Clevenger, senior political science major and president of the Political Science Club, says he is looking forward to participating in open conversation about the current economic situation during the webcast.

“This film will empower students to ask the questions they should be asking, while also offering access to knowledgeable professionals who can help them to better understand how our economy works and how it affects them directly,” says Clevenger.

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