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Sparer Symposium 2008




27th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium

Friday, March 21, 2008

Redefining Aggregate Welfare: Revitalizing a City in Pursuit of Economic Justice

Schedule of Events


  • Michael A. Fitts, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law, Penn Law School

9:15 a.m.   Reframing Cost-Benefit Analysis: Evidence-Based Approaches to Valuing the Public Good

  • Matthew Adler, Leon Meltzer Professor of Law, The University of Pennsylvania
  • Shi-Ling Hsu, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Special Projects, The University of British Columbia
  • Michael A. Stegman, Director of Policy, The MacArthur Foundation

10:45 a.m.  The High Cost of Safety: Who Pays?

  • Dexter Green, Regional Supervisor, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
  • Paul Messing, Partner, Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg
  • Bilal Qayyum, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Men United for a Better Philadelphia

12:00 p.m.  Lunch

12:30 p.m.  KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Access to Capital in Minority Urban Neighborhoods, Mary Houghton, President of Shorebank Corporation and Adviser to the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh

1:45 p.m.    Redistributing Justice: Why Our Cities Need a Movement for Economic Human Rights

  • Catherine Albisa, Executive Director, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative
  • Chandra Bhatnagar, Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program

  • Cheri Honkala, National Coordinator, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign
  • Chivy Sok, Co-Director, Women’s Institute for Leadership, Development for Human Rights (WILD)

3:15 p.m.     Strategy Session:  Philadelphia - A Call To Action

  • Varsovia Fernandez, President & CEO, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Jane Golden, Founder, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
  • Gloria Guard, President, People’s Emergency Center
  • James R. Roebuck, Jr., Pennsylvania State Representative, 188th Legislative District, Philadelphia County
  • Mary Catherine Roper, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania

5:00 p.m.    Cocktail Reception