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Politician/Activist Dale McCormick to Speak on Markets

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – (October 5, 2012) – The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Committee presents “Can Markets Serve the Common Good,” a talk with politician and activist Dale McCormick, on Tuesday, October 9  at 7:00 p.m. in Miller Forum, Moyer Hall.  This event is free and open to the public.                                              

In her lecture, McCormick will investigate the following:  Can they be transparent, accessible by all, sustainable, and rationally priced?  What does a moral market look like? Should there be one, two or three bottom lines?   What is the role of government?  Can we avoid participating in immoral markets?   Examining markets like health care, energy, insurance and education yields food for thought.

McCormick has spent over two decades fighting for jobs, economic justice, health care for all, human rights, and equality for women. A carpenter and contractor for 30 years, Ms. McCormick was the first woman in the country to complete a carpentry apprenticeship with the carpenters’ union, and she is a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union. In 1988, she founded Women Unlimited, a program that successfully trains women on welfare to compete for high-paying jobs in trade and technical occupations. She served in the State of Maine Senate, chairing the Banking & Insurance Committee and writing health care reform legislation. She co-founded and became the first president of the Maine Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance (now Equality Maine). She was the first woman to be elected State Treasurer in 1996 and today is the Director of the Maine State Housing Authority. Her two books, Against the Grain: A Carpentry Manual for Woman, and Housemending: Home Repair For The Rest of Us, join her many published articles on energy efficiency, health care, and civil rights.

McCormick will be on Muhlenberg’s campus from October 8 - 11, as a part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow program.  Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows connect a liberal education with the world beyond the campus by bringing thoughtful and successful practitioners to colleges for a week of discussions with students and faculty.   Fellows are scheduled for formal presentations in classrooms, panels, and public platforms, and informal encounters at meals, in student centers, clubs, dormitories, career counseling and individual sessions. The week-long visit allows Fellows to explicate their ideas fully and often leads to continuing ties.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has developed and conducted programs in higher education since 1945. More than 200 colleges have participated in the Visiting Fellows program since 1973.  Dr. Gretchen Gotthard, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, is the Chair of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Committee.