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Economist Joseph Stiglitz On 'The Price of Inequality'

Steve Scher
06/13/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

A Voice Of Palestine: Establishing a dialogue across the sharp lines that divide Israeli from Palestinian can seem well–nigh impossible. The depth of feeling crosses continents, cultures and political parties. The first steps, as always, start with a willingness to engage. Amin Odeh lived in a refugee camp near Bethlehem for half his life. What prospects does he see for peace in the Middle East?

The Price Of Inequality: As the nation struggled to recover from the Great Recession in 2010, one percent of the population reaped 93 percent of the additional income generated. Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the fate of that one percent is inextricably linked with the fate of the other ninety–nine. In "The Price of Inequality," he argues that this disproportion is expensive, unsustainable and not a matter of luck, but the deliberate result of political decisions.

Prometheus Brown: A string of shootings has shaken Seattle up and fed a feeling of violence that is both random and commonplace. Hip–hop artist Prometheus Brown (also known as Geo of Blue Scholars) wrote and performed a poem for the Seattle Times about the violence touching lives around the city, to keep the conversation going, he says, and to hold a mirror "to everyone who has a convenient explanation or solution. Myself included."

Related Event

Joseph Stiglitz speaks at Town Hall Seattle tonight at 7:30 p.m. Prometheus Brown takes part in a Seattle Times live chat on the city's recent shootings today at noon.


Amin Odeh was born in a refugee camp near Bethlehem in occupied Palestine. In 2000, he and other Palestinian community members founded Voices of Palestine to educate the American public about Palestinian issues.

Joseph Stiglitz is a Nobel Prize–winning economist and professor of economics at Columbia Business School, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of International and Public Affairs. He is also the former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and has served as the chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisors in the Clinton administration from 1995 to 1997.

Prometheus Brown a.k.a. MC Geo of Blue Scholars is a Seattle–based hip–hop artist.

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