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The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy

Saturday, April 23, 2011 @ 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Author and Featured Speaker: Lisa Dodson, Ph.D., Research Professor, Department of Sociology, Boston College

A manager at a chain pizza restaurant pads his minimum-wage employees paychecks; a supervisor at a big box store secretly sends groceries home with a worker, who despite having a full-time job, can’t afford to feed her family; a pediatrician fudges an insurance form to get… care for the uninsured mother of her patient. Based on research about hidden resistance to an economy that harms millions of working families, The Moral Underground, is a fascinating look at civil disobedience by teachers, supervisors, health-care professionals and managers who bend the rules—and even break the law—to support those in need. Dodson discusses economic disobedience, her take on the moral paradox of breaking rules to do good, and why she believes it is in the tradition of the underground railroad and other acts of civil disobedience that have propelled social justice movements throughout history.

To be held at: Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium

Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park

St. Louis, Missouri 63112

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome.

Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Economics Series – Class: The Great Divide co-sponsored by:


Saturday, April 23, 2011
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
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