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Purdue Calumet professor to discuss ‘Inequality in Modern America’

Updated: April 17, 2014 6:30AM



Throughout his more than four decades at Purdue University Calumet, history professor Saul Lerner has been a respected authority inside and outside the classroom.

As the presenter of Purdue Calumet’s fifth annual Faculty Lecture on Tuesday, Lerner will discuss inequality in America as a partisan and dividing political issue. His 6 p.m. campus presentation will take place in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library.

In his lecture, titled “Inequality in Modern America: Causes, Consequences, and Future Prospects,” Lerner will examine the division between Republicans and Democrats on differing economic viewpoints.

“One party view insists the government is the source of our nation’s economic problems, while the other party insists that government is the solution,” he said. “This issue was a significant part of the 2012 national election campaign and has continued to be a significant, partisan political issue.”

Having reviewed recent arguments and literature, Lerner will discuss how inequality might be reduced and democracy expanded or more fully restored.

Lerner has served Purdue Calumet since 1967 in a wide range of faculty and administrative capacities. His teaching and research areas of expertise and interest include American environmental, intellectual and economic history; the Holocaust; history of the 1960s; and bigotry in history. He is a former Purdue Calumet Outstanding Teaching Award recipient.

For 25 years he also was head of the history and political science department. Other positions he has held include associate dean of the graduate school, affirmative action officer and honors program director.

“Through this lecture, it is my hope to bring greater understanding to one of the most important political, economic, social and ideological problems of our time,” he said.

Admission is free. The Student Union & Library is at 2233 173rd St. in Hammond. It is one-third mile north of Interstate 80/94 on Indianapolis Boulevard. Take the boulevard to 173rd Street, then go four blocks east to campus. At the traffic light, turn north into a large parking lot.

Women’s History Month event is Tuesday

Sociologist, scholar and author Marianne Cooper will deliver the keynote address of Purdue Calumet’s celebration of Women’s History Month at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library.

Cooper, who has researched gender and leadership issues for 20-plus years, served as the lead researcher of the book “Lean In” by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg about women’s workplace empowerment.

In her own upcoming book, “Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times,” Cooper explores how families cope and manage anxiety.

Berth day for women’s basketball team

Purdue Calumet’s women’s basketball squad qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II National Tournament for the second consecutive year and won its opening-round game Wednesday evening, 83-75, against Oregon Tech at Sioux City, Iowa.

Ranked 15th nationally, the Peregrines of coach Tom Megyesi advanced to Friday’s Sweet Sixteen round, where they were to face No. 2 Davenport.

Purdue Calumet, winner of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles, was 25-6 going into Friday’s game. Megyesi also was named conference coach of the year.

The squad includes northwest Indiana student-athletes Tierra Turner, a senior from Merrillville; and South Central High School alumna Stephanie Balon, a junior from Wanatah.

Wes Lukoshus is assistant vice chancellor of institutional advancement at Purdue University Calumet. He can be contacted at lukoshus@purduecal.edu.



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