Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, a political and public policy magazine, will deliver Franklin & Marshall College’s Wayne K. Van Dyck Lecture at 7 p.m., Sept. 25 in the Roschel Theatre at the Roschel Performing Arts Center.
A journalist and writer who also founded the Economic Policy Institute, Kuttner will speak on the topic, “Democracy and Capitalism: Allies or Adversaries?” He is author of 10 books on economics, politics, globalization and labor markets. His latest is “Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?”
“My lifetime project as an intellectual, and as a political person, is to figure out how you marry an efficient economy to a socially just society to a strong democracy,” Kuttner said in a recent interview. “All of my books have looked at that theme from one angle or another.”
A columnist for the Boston Globe, Kuttner’s journalism career has mostly focused on economics and spans various media platforms: broadcasting, newspapers and magazines including Pacifica Radio, The New Republic, the Washington Post, Businessweek and the Village Voice.
Kuttner is a senior distinguished fellow at the liberal Demos, a research and policy center that works on social, economic and political equity issues. He attended Oberlin College; University of California, Berkeley; and the London School of Economics.
Currently, Kuttner holds the Ida and Meyer Kirsten Chair at Brandeis University, where he teaches about globalization and democracy, and about the political economy of the welfare state in America.
Inaugurated in 2004 by a gift from Wayne Van Dyck ’65, the annual lecture brings prominent scholars to the College to speak on topics of national and global significance, and to inspire students to engage with economic and social policy debates.
“This year’s lecture takes place within the framework of a departmental focus on income, wealth and power inequalities,” said F&M’s Professor of Economics Eiman Zein-Elabdin, department chair. “There is general concern with the question of whether social justice is broadly understood.”
Robert Kuttner delivers the Wayne K. Van Dyck Lecture at 7 p.m., Sept. 25, in Roschel Theatre at the Roschel Performing Arts Center.