The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 11, 2013

Learn about economic factors at Whiteside Forum event

The Clinton Herald

---- — MORRISON, Ill. — How does the global economy work (or not work), who are the key players and what forces move markets, money and people both on a global scale and here at home?

This is just the beginning of a serious and complex topic that we see often in newspapers and the nightly news, but few of us understand.

On April 9, Whiteside Forum participants hope to be led through the basics of the “big picture view” to better understand what politicians are trying to lead the nation through and how industries compete for market share, labor, materials and capital. What does it mean when hear about austerity, debt, bailouts, too big to fail? What is the difference between a family budget and that of a nation? Who creates jobs? Who does or who should invest? Who should care for the “have-nots”? How do we prevent or moderate financial crisis? What are your questions?

Leading the discussion will be Dr. Jannett Highfill of Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Highfill comes from the perspective of being both an economist and a poet. As an economist, Highfill specializes in international economics, international trade and international monetary economics. As a poet she strives to communicate hope, desire and relationship.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Odell Public Library, 307 S. Madison St.

The Whiteside Forum is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit community group that sponsors presentations and discussions of issues of importance and interest to the public. Issues chosen for the conferences have an international dimension as well as local interest and importance. The organization is supported entirely by individual, special and business contributions and all events are free and open to the public. Planning meetings for future Forum events are open to all.

For additional information contact Marc Adami at (815) 772-4949 or or write to the address as noted above.