Inequality seems a natural consequence of rewarding excellence and innovation in a capitalist economy. But the level of inequality changes with the times. A number of prominent economists have recently suggested that we, in America, are now living with the largest income gap in the history of the world. As of 2013, one tenth of American households earned almost half of all income. In this conversation, writer and educator Julia Hammond will explore our beliefs and values around income inequality. Is it an incentive for hard work and invention, an acceptable part of community life? Or does that story no longer make sense? At what point, if ever, is the gap too large?
Julia Hammond is a writer and educator. She is the owner of Folklala and the developer of the Folklala blog. The company creates products and projects that explore culture through the arts. She spent the past nine years as a liberal arts professor at the Art Institute of Portland and has taught at Portland State University, the University of Oregon, and Southern Illinois University.
Funded project of Oregon Humanities. Oregon Humanities is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.