Civic Engagement Conference

Lone Star College Center for Civic Engagement in cooperation with Tarrant County Community College–Southeast and The University of Houston–Downtown invites you to their conference, Economic Inequality and Civic Engagement, to be held November 6–7, 2015 at Lone Star College–University Park.

The mission of the two day conference is to examine the ways institutions of higher education are dealing with rising levels of economic inequality in the United States. Is inequality a problem? If so, what should be done about it? How are themes of inequality being dealt with in the classroom? What teaching pedagogies and co-curricular activities are being used to get students to think critically about economic inequality in the United States and the world?

Date and Location

Date: Nov. 6, 2015 10am - Nov. 7 2015 4pm

Location: Lone Star College - University Park

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Registration is available to students and non-students until November 1, 2015.

Cost of Registration:

  • Students: $10.00
  • Non-Students: $45.00

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Conference Schedule

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Time Activity/Room Panel Presenters/Institution
11:00 - 6:00 Registration - West Dining    
12:00-2:00 Lunch & Keynote
West Dining
Stealth Politics by U.S. Billionaires Dr. Benjamin Page
Northwestern University
2:15-3:00 Concurrent Sessions 1
  UP13.405 The Hunger Banquet
A Tool for Action and Awareness.
Kaleena Steakle, Mayra Monsivias,
Adriana Joseph
LSC-Kingwood Students
Income Inequality in America: How the Current Higher Education Model is Not Working Hunter Jones, Current, LSC-Kingwood Student
  UP13.421 Teaching Inequality through Research Methods and Survey Design Dr. Adam Hoffman - Salisbury University
  UP13.427 Service Learning 101 Clark Friesen, Karyn Friesen
LSC-Tomball, LSC-Montgomery
3:15-4:00 Concurrent Sessions 2
  UP13.405 Bridges Out of Poverty Lenny Vega - Allegheny College of Maryland
  UP13.421 Social Class and Its Impact on Education Jeannette Jones - Texas Lutheran University
  UP13.427 Oppression and the Art of Resistance: A Thematic Approach to Teaching Political Agency Dr. Stephanie Kelly, Daniel Tatarzyn - LSC-Kingwood
4:15-5:00 Concurrent Sessions 3    
  UP13.405 Public Achievement: Building Worlds, Transforming Lives Seth Howard - LSC-Kingwood
  UP13.421 An Education in Democracy: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the 29th Congressional District Patrizio Amezcua, Cody Pogue - San Jacinto College-North
  UP13.427 Teaching the Civic Engagement Consociate Dana Morales, Michele Richey, Fiona Ross - LSC-Montgomery
5:15-6:45 Dinner & Keynote The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office--and What You Can Do About It Nicholas Carnes

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Time Activity/Room Panel Presenters/Institution
8:00 - 12:00 Registration - West Dining    

Continental Breakfast & Keynote

Greece and Europe: Witness to a Mugging James Galbraith -
University of Texas at Austin
9:45-10:30 Concurrent Sessions 4
  UP13.405 Running and Winning: Workshop on Student Electoral Involvement Patrick Morales
  UP13.421 $1 a Day? Scott L. Walker - Northwest Vista College
  UP13.427 It Can’t Happen Here! Or Can It? A Manageable, Collaborative Model for Civic Engagement Daniel Tatarzyn, Lisa Darling, Carly Jones - LSC-Kingwood
10:45-11:30 Concurrent Sessions 5
  UP13.405 Alternative Spring Break Steve Davis,
Dr. David Putz - LSC-Kingwood
  UP13.421 Relevance + Critical Thinking + Active Learning = Well-Informed and Prepared Citizens Stephanie Cockrell Doyen - LSC-Kingwood and The Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin
  UP13.427 Citizen Work in the Civic Engagement Capstone Dr. Jennifer K. Greene - St. Edward’s University
11:45-12:15 Concurrent Sessions 6
  West Dining Special Presentation: Civic Playhouse Driven Theater Company

Lunch & Keynote
West Dining

Inequality: Recent Trends and Future Prospects Dr. Dean Baker - Center for Economic and Policy Research


Dr. Benjamin Page is a Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. His interests include public opinion and policy making. He is currently engaged in a large collaborative project to study Economically Successful Americans and the Common Good. In 2009 he published “Class War? What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality” with Lawrence R. Jacobs.

Dr. Nicholas Carnes is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and the Co-Director of the Research Triangle chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network. His book “White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making” examines how the shortage of people from the working class in American legislatures skews the policymaking process towards outcomes that are more in line with the upper class’s economic interests.

Dr James Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and a professorship of Government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin. He holds degrees from Harvard and Yale (Ph.D. in economics, 1981). Dr. Galbraith served in several positions on the staff of the U.S. Congress, including executive director of the Joint Economic Committee. He directs the University of Texas Inequality Project, an informal research group based at the LBJ School.

Dr. Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He writes a weekly
column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), the Huffington Post, TruthOut, and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary
on economic reporting. His analyses have appeared in many major publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, the
Washington Post, the London Financial Times, and the New York Daily News. He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Michigan.

Patrick Morales is an at-large representative on the Tempe Elementary School District Governing Board in Arizona.
Patrick will be conducting a workshop for students on working and running in elections.

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