Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 11:00 AM
Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School
Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd, Oak Bluffs, MA
In a speech on Father’s Day last June, then presidential candidate Barack Obama admonished, “We’ve got to demand more responsibility from Washington … and we’ve got to demand more responsibility from Wall Street, but you know what? We also have to demand more from ourselves.”
Please join us at 2:00pm for an afternoon of conversation about the notions of collective and individual responsibility. Panelists will address questions such as: What is the responsibility of bankers and investors whose quest for short-term gains wiped out the savings of millions of American citizens? What of the mortgage brokers and companies who cynically awarded loans to those who could not afford them? How do we strike the balance between the government’s responsibility to alleviate suffering and inequality, and the individual’s responsibility to face up to and address his or her own circumstances?
Moderated by Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.
Musical Performances by Lawrence Watson
Afternoon Panel 1:
Afternoon Panel 2:
We hope that you will also join us earlier in the day for a very special memorial in honor of John Hope Franklin, the legendary historian, renowned scholar and humanitarian. The tribute to his life and legacy will begin at 11:00am and will include a sampling of the many lives he touched, either as mentor, friend or colleague.
For Your Information:
Accommodations: If you are a person with a disability requesting a reasonable accommodation please contact us two weeks in advance by contacting Kelly Garvin at (617) 495-8070 or through Mass Relay; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.