"What Happened to the American Dream?": A Discussion with Les Leopold

Wednesday, September 20

Labor activist Les Leopold will discuss his latest book, “Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice,” during a free lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20 in DeLoach Hall, Room 114.

In the book, Leopold explores the pattern of growing income and wealth inequality in America since 1980. Furthermore, he connects growing inequality to some of the most pressing social issues of the day – from mass incarceration to environmental degradation to lack of access to affordable health care – making the case that runaway inequality is the ultimate culprit in the demise of the American Dream, as well as our current economic and political crisis.

The event is sponsored by the UNCW departments of Sociology and Criminology, Psychology and Communication Studies. A book signing will follow the lecture and copies of the text will be available for purchase.