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* Is the economy stupid or the people?

Fear, tight credit and political maneuvering are alternately being blamed for the current economic meltdown.


Perhaps it is a confluence of all three, a question that some of the top minds at Shoreline Community College in economics, politics and social issues will discuss in two interactive discussion sessions open to the public on October  16-17.


The sessions will include presentations by panel members, followed by discussion and questions and answers with the audience. The sessions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, and 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17. Both sessions will be in the Quiet Dining Room of the college’s new Pagoda Union Building (PUB) at 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., Shoreline, WA 98133.


“The panel will address the current financial crisis from three perspectives: 1) econ/finance, 2) political, and 3) social justice,” said SCC Prof. Robert Francis. “The discussion will focus on very basic questions, such as:  What caused this and is there really a crisis?  Should we bailout Wall Street or not?  Should we regulate or deregulate financial markets?”


The sessions are free and open to the public, but room capacity is limited to 109 persons.


Leading the discussions on just how these factors are triangulating to bring the U.S. and world economies to their knees will be:


- Ken Lawson, Ph.D. Political Science, and Dean for the Business/Intra-American Studies/Social Sciences Division at SCC;

- Robert Francis, Ph.D. Economics, and SCC faculty member;

- Ernest Johnson, Ph.D. Intra American Studies, and SCC faculty member

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