USC Upstate News

USC Upstate to Host Major “Bailout” Conference

05- 05- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - On Friday, May 29th, the University of South Carolina Upstate, the United Way of the Piedmont, and the Upstate Workforce Investment Board will host a major conference titled, “Hey, Where’s My Bailout?: A Turbulent Economy Impacts Real Lives.”  The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and will be held in the University Ballroom in the Campus Life Center at USC Upstate.  There is no fee or advanced registration for this conference.

The United States and world are facing an economic crisis that is unprecedented in recent decades.  As banks and large companies receive substantial bailouts and other forms of assistance, many individuals are adversely impacted.  This conference will examine the current economic crisis in the context of its impact on real lives.  In particular, it will look at how the crisis interacts with race, gender, and class.  Are some groups impacted more than other groups and, if so, why?

The keynote speaker for this dynamic conference will be Dr. Julianne Malveaux, a well-known economist and commentator who is also President of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Dr. Malveaux received her Ph.D. in economics at MIT.  An accomplished author and public intellectual, she is widely recognized through her appearances on CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN, and other outlets.  She is provocative, insightful, progressive, lively, and fun to listen to.  It is no wonder that she is in great demand as a keynote speaker throughout the country.

Following Dr. Malveaux’s keynote address at 8:30 a.m., there will be two panel discussions featuring local and national experts on a variety of topics related to the economy and how it impacts real lives in Spartanburg and elsewhere.  The panels will examine how the economy affects the quality of life for different groups as well as how various organizations, institutions, and businesses are responding to the situation.

“This conference is exciting and timely,” says Dr. York Bradshaw, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USC Upstate and one of the organizers of the conference. “Anyone interested in the current economic turmoil will want to attend, and all of the speakers are well-known and informed on a wide variety of topics.”

For more information, contact Dr. York Bradshaw at (864) 503-5700 or email ybradshaw@uscupstate.edu.