Roundtable discussion to explore concept of moral capitalism

An upcoming roundtable discussion moderated by Dr. Michael Anton Budd, professor in the Department of History, will ask if the time has come to reassert the Four Freedoms and create a new deal for the 21st century.

We are bombarded today by historical analogies that emphasize any number of dark turns backwards. But we forget that it was from these same conditions that Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and call for the Four Freedoms emerged. Is it time to reassert our common humanity and forge what Joe Kennedy III calls a “moral capitalism”?

Participants will discuss the costs and benefits of expanding and preserving freedom while helping each other embrace technological change. What do we need to change and/or ameliorate in order to help each other navigate and thrive in the world of increasing automation, artificial intelligence and the gig economy? What sort of support systems, retraining and new thinking about unwaged labor will enable us to engage the global economy on our own terms?

The roundtable discussion will be held at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the O’Hare Academic Building, Room 242. Sponsored by the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, roundtable discussions are open to Salve Regina students, faculty and staff. The Pell Center provides a free lunch.

As space is limited, those interested in attending should RSVP to (401) 341-2927 or

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