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April  07, 2011

Budget deficit to headline Center for the Study of Ethics symposium

Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics will host the symposium "Budget Deficits and Intergenerational Justice" on Thursday, April 14, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th St.) Room 102. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will include a keynote address by Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, and a panel discussion with Brianna Ludeking, a senior biology major from Rock City, Ill.; Douglas Hultquist, CEO of QCR Holdings, Inc., and member of the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics community advisory committee; Dr. Christopher Marmé, professor of economics; and Dr. Paul Weissburg, assistant professor of political science.

Dr. Dan Lee, director of the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics, observes, "With the often contentious debate in Washington about federal spending and budget deficits in the news just about every day, the symposium will address a particularly timely topic, one that calls attention to the stake that younger generations have in this debate."  

The Concord Coalition, a nationwide non-partisan group advocating responsible fiscal policy, was founded in 1992 by the late former Sen. Paul Tsongas (D-Mass.), former Sen. Warren Rudman (R-N.H.) and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Peter Peterson.

The Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics was established in 2004 to enrich the teaching-learning experiences for Augustana students by providing greater opportunities for them to meet and interact with community leaders and to encourage discussions of issues of ethical significance through campus programs and community outreach. The center is assisted in its work by a 31-member advisory committee comprised of community leaders with a range of expertise areas.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833