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MPR broadcasts Institute talk by alumna Beth Truesdale ’97

Minnesota Public Radio broadcast a recent talk that St. Olaf College alumna Beth Truesdale ’97 presented on campus as part of the Institute for Freedom and Community’s fall series, “Discrimination and the Search for Truth and Justice.” 

The “MPR News Presents” program aired the lecture on Tuesday, December 10, and featured it on the broadcast web page.

Alumna Beth Truesdale ’97 lectures during her November 13 visit to campus.

Truesdale, a sociologist and researcher at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, spoke on campus November 13. Her lecture, titled “Truth, Justice, and America’s Aging Workforce,” drew from her research on large and growing inequalities between rich and poor in the U.S. in health, income, and the quality of jobs — a situation that she argues is unjust. In her talk, she examined how age discrimination in the workplace and the changing nature of work affect Americans’ well-being as our society ages.

Established at St. Olaf in 2014, the Institute for Freedom and Community encourages free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues. Through its range of programming for students, faculty, and the general public, the Institute offers a distinctive opportunity to cultivate civil discourse within the context of the liberal arts. It is led by Morrison Family Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community Edmund Santurri.

Please visit the Institute’s website for the full list of spring speakers, and to find regular updates and information about Institute programming.