Dr. Nick Galasso, senior researcher for Oxfam America, will speak on the campus of Furman University Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in Shaw Hall of Younts Conference Center.
His talk, “The Wealth Gap: Why It Matters and How We Can Fix It,” is free and open to the public. Galasso is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Furman University’s Riley Institute, which sponsors his week-long visit to campus. He will visit classes and meet in small groups with students and faculty as part of his residence.
A leading voice on economic inequality and governance, Galasso calculated in 2014 that the richest 85 people possess the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population, a statistic reported in a report he co-authored, “Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality.” In 2016, the number stands at 62 people whose wealth equals that of the poorest half of the globe’s population.
Galasso joined Oxfam America in 2012 as an American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow and now serves as senior researcher. As an expert in economic inequality, he is a regular media guest for programs on Fox Business News, the now shuttered Al Jazeera America network, ABC, CBS, Voice of America, Open Media Boston, and NPR stations across the U.S. Prior to working for Oxfam, Galasso taught international relations and political economy at Chestnut Hill College and the University of Delaware. His research has been published in the journals Global Policy and Foreign Policy Analysis, and he regularly writes for Oxfam’s “Politics of Poverty” blog. Galasso earned a Ph.D. in global governance and lives in Washington, D.C.
For more information contact the Furman News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107.
About Oxfam America
With offices in Boston and Washington, D.C., Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. As one of 18 members of the international Oxfam confederation, the organization works with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions. Oxfam saves lives, develops long-term solutions to poverty, and campaigns for social change.
About the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program
The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions. For more than 40 years, Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community, and achievement. The Visiting Fellows program is available to all four-year colleges and universities. For more information, visit CIC’s website at www.cic.edu/VisitingFellows.