The Center for the Study of Liberty partnered with the New Orleans chapter of America's Future Foundation, JSB Morse, and Dr. Chris W. Surprenant to host a discussion about the role of the individual in the fight against poverty.
Fourteen guests came together to examine the role each of us can play in combating poverty in our communities. The topic was particularly relevant to those in the New Orleans region; the US Census Bureau reports that 21% of Louisianans live below the poverty line and the percentage grows to 23% in New Orleans.
Guests explored what responsibility individuals have towards the poor, both in their own back yard and across the world. Ideas were raised about how we can evaluate our own consumption and economic choices in the face of abject need, and the group discussed how we can work to create a world where all can flourish and live with dignity.
To prepare for the event, participants read a brief article about effective altruism and viewed a "Crash Course" video on poverty. Dr. Andrew I. Cohen, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgia State University, facilitated the discussion.
6:00 PM – Opening Reception
6:30 PM – Welcome, introductions, and dinner
7:00 PM – Opening comments by leader
7:15 PM – Discussion
8:45 PM – Closing