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Pulitzer-prize winning historian talks economics

BAR HARBOR — Economic inequality, its roots and its implications will be examined Tuesday when Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Hackett Fischer joins College of the Atlantic’s weekly Coffee and Conversation series.

COA economics professor Davis Taylor will discuss the growing economic gap with Fischer during the hour-long event, which begins at 9 a.m. in Deering Common Community Center. He said that economic inequality is an important issue that affects many areas of modern life.

“Inequality isn’t just an ethical concern; it has significant implications regarding economic issues such as growth and sustainability, not to mention the shape of our democracy,” Taylor said.

Fischer is Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University. He is the author of numerous books, including “Washington’s Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History),” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Just last month, he was awarded the 2015 Pritzker Military Museum and Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. The award includes a medallion and a $100,000 honorarium.

Tuesday’s discussion on inequality will take as its launching point French economist Thomas Picketty’s book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” The book describes the evolution of inequality since the beginning of the industrial revolution and puts today’s economic situation into historical context.

“Thomas Picketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ provides the rock-solid data and analysis in support of many Americans’ increasing concern about inequality in the United States and around the world,” Taylor said.

COA’s Coffee and Conversation Series takes place weekly at College of the Atlantic’s Eden Street campus through August.


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