Conference: "The Future of the Welfare State"
Thu, February 1, 2007 • Frank Erwin Center and Eidman Courtroom
Keynote Speakers: E.J. Dionne and Joseph StiglitzPoverty is widespread in the United States, and vast numbers of working Americans and their families lack health insurance and other basic social goods. But the mid- twentieth-century ideal of a generous "welfare state" is dead. "Welfare" is linked to moral decay. Redistribution to end poverty and broaden social provision is said to be counter-productive in today's global economy. The time is ripe for serious alternatives to the prevailing wisdom. This gathering of renowned scholars will address the practical and moral challenges of reinventing the welfare state in the twenty-first century.
All members of the UT and broader Austin community are invited to this important conference, from February 1st through February 3rd at the University of Texas School of Law.