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Gordon College Hosts Two Panel Discussions on Today’s Economic Situation

November 10, 2008

Jo Kadlecek
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-The current economic situation has many people asking hard questions, including several Gordon College professors who will discuss their responses on two upcoming panels on the Wenham campus. Both panel discussions are free and open to the public.

The first, The State of the Economy, will be a question and answer session held Wednesday, November 12, 4:30-5:30, in the Ken Olsen Science Center. Bruce Webb, professor of economics and business, will moderate the discussion as the panel explores practical perspectives and strategies for dealing with today's economy. The panel will feature Casey Cooper, assistant professor of accounting; Stephen Smith, department chair; Niles Logue, professor of economics; and Roger Johnson, visiting professor of business.

The second panel discussion, entitled Forgive Us Our Debts? Debt, Public Policy, and the Moral Life, will be held Monday, November 17, 7:00 p.m., Jenks Library 237. Hosted by Gordon's Jerusalem & Athens Forum (JAF), it will feature four professors from various academic disciplines. Assistant Professor of Social Work Judith Oleson will join Smith and Webb as they explore the question of debt and loans from a Christian perspective while Greg Carmer, dean of chapel, moderates the discussion.

"We hope to take this (second) discussion to a personal level. We'll discuss how should Christians view things such as credit card or student loan debt, and what does it say about our society that 'quick cash' predatory lending practices and state lotteries have been 'mainstreamed,' so to speak," said Dr. Tal Howard, associate professor of history and director of the JAF. "We want to look at these questions in an interdisciplinary way too, so we have invited faculty with backgrounds in theology, social work, and economics. "

For more information on either panel discussion, contact the Office of College Communications 978.867.4235.

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