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Analyst Kevin Phillips
to speak at Cline Symposium March 17-18
Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —
Kevin Phillips, a well-known political and economic analyst, media commentator
and author, will be the special guest at the 2003 Cline Symposium March
17 and 18 (Monday and Tuesday) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The topic for this year’s symposium is "Private Markets,
Public Order and Human Welfare." All of the Cline Symposium events
are free and open to the public.
Phillips’ first appearance will be at the Cline Forum, which kicks
off the symposium, at 3 p.m. March 17 in 314 Illini Union, 1401 W. Green
St., Urbana. The forum, in the format of a panel discussion, will focus
on "Free Markets and Human Welfare in the Global Era: Competing
Strategies for Providing Public Goods in the U.S." Other panelists
– all faculty members at Illinois – and their departments
are Jeffrey Brown, finance; Richard Kaplan, law; Dianne Pinderhughes,
political science; and Elizabeth Powers, finance and the Institute of
Government and Public Affairs (IGPA). Jack Knott, IGPA, will moderate
At 7:30 p.m. that same evening, Phillips will give the symposium keynote
lecture in 141 Wohlers Hall Auditorium, 1206 S. Sixth St., Champaign.
His lecture is titled "Wealth and Democracy," after the title
of his most recent book, which, according to Bill Moyers, focuses on
"how big money and political power are the invisible hand in the
hidden story of the American experience."
On Tuesday, distinguished alumni of the political science department
will take part in discussions with students enrolled in the semester-long
"Cline Seminar on Global Markets: Wealth and Human Welfare."
Phillips’ first book, "The Emerging Republican Majority,"
presaged the realignments of political parties in the United States.
Phillips’ long-term focus on economics and politics has produced
two other books: "The Politics of Rich and Poor: Wealth and the
American Electorate in the Reagan Aftermath," and "Boiling
Point: Democrats, Republicans, and the Decline of Middle-Class Prosperity."
The Richard G. and Carole J. Cline Symposium is an annual event sponsored
by the department of political science and the College of Liberal Arts
Previous keynote speakers were John B. Anderson, Thomas L. Friedman,
Samuel Huntington, Robert Putman, Edward O. Wilson, James Q. Wilson
and Theda Skocpol.