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​ "Inequality for All" Film Screening and Discussion
February 20, 2014
2:00 p.m., Pollock Theatre

 
College of the Desert’s Office of Student Life, Diversity Council, S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) Curriculum Group, History Association, and the Marks Art Center are thrilled to be hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary "Inequality for All" at College of the Desert’s Pollock Theater on February 20, 2014.  The event is free and open to the public.  The film screening will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m., with an interactive webcast with Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich at 3:30 p.m., and a discussion among faculty and students to follow.
 
This screening is part of a nationwide screening event at over 150 college campuses.  College of the Desert students are encouraged to take part in this conversation with Robert Reich by submitting questions in advance via email <ifaqa@sfsu.edu> or via Twitter by tweeting their questions to <@InequalityFilm> using the hashtag: #IFAonCampus.
 
"Inequality for All"inequality for all.jpg—recipient of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking—provides the community with the opportunity to learn about and discuss income inequality in our nation and the way it impacts education, our economy, and democracy.  Economic imbalances are now at near historically unprecedented levels.  In fact, the two years of widest economic inequality of the last century were 1928 and 2007—the two years just before the greatest economic crashes of modern times.  What is the link between high inequality and economic crashes?  What happened to the middle class?
 
This is the moment in history in which we find ourselves: unprecedented income divisions, a wildly fluctuating and unstable economy, and average Americans increasingly frustrated and disillusioned.  The debate about income inequality has become part of the national discussion, and this is a good thing.  "Inequality for All" connects the dots for viewers, showing why dealing with the widening gap between the rich and everyone else isn’t just about moral fairness.  The issues addressed in this film are arguably the most pressing issue of our times.  The film alternates between intimate, approachable sequences and intellectually rigorous arguments helping people with no economic background or education better understand the issues at stake.  "Inequality for All" allows viewers to start with little or no understanding of what it means for the U.S. to be economically imbalanced, and walk away with a comprehensive and significantly deeper sense of the issue and what can be done about it.
 
For more information about this event, contact the Marks Art Center at (760) 776-7278;  for more information about the film, see <inequalityforall.com>.