The Raising of America’s Children, Donald Trump & Systemic Change Are Topics at Stockton

For Immediate Release


Contact:         Maryjane Briant
                        News and Media Relations Director
                        Galloway, N.J. 08205
                        (609) 652-4593

Galloway, N.J. - Stockton University’s Economic Inequality Initiative will host two free, public events focusing on how economic inequality is shaping the nation’s future, and what can be done to improve the outlook.

  • “The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation,” is a documentary produced by California Newsreel and Vital Pictures. It will be shown in the Campus Center Event Room on the Galloway campus on Wednesday,March 29 at 6 p.m. The screening will be followed by a discussion about the reasons why children living in the world’s richest nation fare so poorly, the consequences of child poverty on the country, and actions people can take to turn things around. Discussion leaders include: Reginald Dorsey, state outreach coordinator, Advocates for Children of N.J.; Cindy Herdman Ivins, president and CEO of the Family Services Association; and Rachel Kirzner, assistant professor of Social Work at Stockton.
  • Gar Alperovitz, a historian, political economist, activist, writer and government official, will speak on Thursday, April 13 from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Lakeside Lodge on the Galloway campus. His lecture, “Donald Trump, The New Historical Era, and Emerging Trajectories of Longer Term Systemic Change,” will address where we find ourselves in history, why the time is right for a new-economy movement, what it means to build a new system and how we might begin.
  • Alperovitz was the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland for 15 years, and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution.                                                                                               

    He is the author of critically acclaimed books on the atomic bomb and atomic diplomacy and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, the Nation, and the Atlantic, among other popular and academic publications. 

    He is also the president of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives and is a co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, a research institution developing practical, policy-focused, and systematic paths toward ecologically sustainable, community-oriented change and the democratization of wealth.

    The Economic Inequality Initiative at Stockton is part of a national initiative launched by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to study and debate issues related to income inequality and develop curricula and hands-on learning that can be adapted across campuses and communities. For more information, visit