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  • Public vs. Private Schools in China: an Educational Revolution in a Rapidly-Changing Society

    Posted by Benjamin Curtis on 4/16/2014 02:51:38 PM

     Public vs. Private Schools in China:

    the Educational Revolution in a Rapidly-Changing Society

    Thursday, May 1st

     12:30 to 1:30pm 

     Bannan 102


    No country in the world has changed more in the last thirty years than China. One of the biggest changes is the massive expansion of educational opportunities. Yet only since 2003 have private schools played a major role in China’s changing educational landscape. How has Chinese private education been rebuilt? What are the significant challenges facing private education? What are its advantages and disadvantages compared to public education?

    Answering these questions will be Mr. Zixiong Ma, the Chairman of the Jinqiao Education Group. He has worked in primary, secondary, and tertiary education in China since 1977. In 2000 he started an experimental, bilingual private school in the city of Wuxi, outside of Shanghai. This experimental school has since expanded to become one of the top-performing and most sought-after schools in its region. Mr. Ma has pioneered partnerships between government and business to build up the Jinqiao group of private schools.

    The lecture will be delivered in Mandarin, with English translation.

    Sponsored by Matteo Ricci College. For more information, contact the Poverty Education Center.

    Inequality and global wealth

    Posted by Benjamin Curtis on 4/12/2014 11:30:35 AM

    The French economist Thomas Piketty is one of the world's leading authorities on inequality. His book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has recently been published in English. It's a weighty tome, but is bound to be influential, and anyone who cares about issues such as the global distribution of wealth and poverty should have some familiarity with Piketty's scholarship.

    For those who don't have time or aren't inclined to delve through the book's almost 700 pages, Vox has produced not only a short guide to the book, but this very useful series of charts "that explain the history of global wealth." Here's just one:


    Upcoming Event: The Economics of Inequality, Exclusion, and Consumerism

    Posted by Benjamin Curtis on 4/3/2014 11:31:11 AM

    The Albers School of Business and Economics is sponsoring an upcoming event on the Seattle U campus:

    The Economics of Inequality, Exclusion, and Consumerism 
    Reflections by Albers Faculty
    Thursday, April 17th, 2014 
    Wyckoff Auditorium 
    12:00-1:30 pm 

    Pope Francis denounces the tyranny of autonomous markets. But are markets tyrannical? Do they have to be? 

    Albers ETH-X Scholars discuss current research on markets and the promotion of justice. 

    Topics Include: Humane Living Standards, Transformative Marketing, Microcredit, and Empowerment. 

    Featuring Speaker: Joe Phillips. Featuring Panelists: Matt Isaac, Katie Fitzpatrick, and Quan Le.

    Co-Sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Mission and Ministry.


    “The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase. In the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.”

    - Pope Francis


    Jesuit Universities Engaging Poverty: Perspectives from Seattle and Managua

     On May 11th, the Poverty Education Center hosted "Jesuit Universities Engaging Poverty: Perspectives from Seattle and Managua." The event brought together students, faculty, staff, and community members to hear from Seattle University and la Universidad Centroamericana about how they were engaging poverty in their communities. 

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