Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research
(CIQR -- "seeker")*

NEXT MEETING: March 20 (Thurs.), 2003, 11:30AM-1:00PM, 324 Fisher Hall

All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited.

AGENDA: A presentation by CHUCK COLLINS on WHY AMERICA SHOULD TAX ESTATES AND OTHER ACCUMULATED FORTUNES, followed by discussion. Co-sponsored by CIQR, the Center for Social and Public Policy, and the Thomas Merton Center.

Chuck Collins (M.B.A. in Community Economic Development from New Hampshire College) is co-founder and Program Director for a Fair Economy (UFE), co-founder of the project Responsible Wealth, and coordinator for the Call to Preserve the Estate Tax, signed by over 1100 prominent Americans, including Bill Gates, Sr. and George Soros. He is author or co-author of numerous books and articles on economic inequality, housing policy and social change funding, including:

Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes (Beacon Press, 2003), co-authored with Bill Gates, Sr.

Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity (The New Press, 2000), co-author.

Robin Hood Was Right: A Guide to Giving Your Money for Social Change (WW Norton, 2000).

Minutes

MINUTES of last meeting (March 20, 2003): A presentation by CHUCK COLLINS on WHY AMERICA SHOULD TAX ESTATES AND OTHER ACCUMULATED FORTUNES, followed by discussion. Co-sponsored by CIQR, the Center for Social and Public Policy, and the Thomas Merton Center. About forty people attended to hear
Chuck Collins, co-founder and Program Director for a Fair Economy (UFE) and co-founder of the project Responsible Wealth, and coordinator for the Call to Preserve the Estate Tax, signed by over 1100 prominent Americans, including Bill Gates, Sr. and George Soros. Mr. Collins spoke very persuasively on the connection our democratic institutions, preserving the estate tax, and struggling against the growing gap between wealthy/politically powerful Americans and the less privileged. The talk was followed by a question and comment period that was also very informative.