Being Human: Wealth & Poverty

Being Human: Wealth & Poverty
4 sessions, 8 hours

Is poverty an inevitable byproduct of civilization? What are the consequences of providing unequal access to food, medicine, shelter, and economic opportunity? How much inequality are we willing to tolerate? How much actually exists in our world today?

In this sixth class in the popular Being Human series, explore the paradox of today’s world in which great strides have been made in eradicating dire poverty, yet many millions remain oppressed while unprecedented amounts of wealth quietly trickle up to the privileged 2%. This class explores wealth and poverty from an anthropological view: we’ll uncover the roots of inequality, the effect of social stratification on societies, the reasons for the persistence of poverty, and the innovations that have succeeded in creating a more egalitarian world.

Instructor: Julie Castillo is a college anthropology instructor, children’s enrichment instructor, writing instructor, enrichment curriculum designer, entrepreneur, writer, and futurist. She holds an MA in sociocultural anthropology from Catholic University with a specialty in gender studies and ethnopsychology. Her current interests include development anthropology, human ecology, and poverty and affluence. She is fascinated by concepts of self and identity and frequently taps into literature, film, philosophy, and psychology in order to enhance her understanding. She loves books, movies, wildlife, adventure travel, and kayaking.

ILR270 Being Human: Wealth & Poverty
4-digit #: 3589
Monday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 6 – March 27
Location: Conference Center (E Building) / E106
Tuition: $40  Fee: $69  Total: $109
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only: $69

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