Shifting Landscapes April 4

Shifting Landscapes #16, April 4, 2022: A Mixed Economy

Mason County District Library and Abondia Center begin to explore Economics in the public lecture series Shifting Landscapes on Monday April 4, 7:00 pm at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, with A Mixed Economy, presented by Jeff Madrick.

In the April 4 session, author of Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty and a former New York Times economic journalist, Jeff Madrick will examine issues of childhood poverty including its conditions, causes and costs.

Mr. Madrick will discuss how he thinks the nation can eradicate it and why it should.  According to Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy, the monthly child poverty rate increased from 12.1% in December 2021 to 17% in January 2022, the highest rate since the end of 2020.  The 41% increase means 3.7 million more children are living in poverty. The recent increase is due to the expiration of the monthly Child Tax Credit payments. And 11.8  percent of households with children did not get enough to eat in October 2021, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

On April 11, political scientist Amy Lerman will explore how “good enough for government” moved from being a statement of excellence to disparagement. In the third and final session on April 18, political scientist Paul Pierson will trace the economic and political history of the United States over the last century. He’ll show how a viable mixed economy—where both government and business each have their own roles while also working collaboratively—has long been the dominant force of America’s prosperity.

Mason County District Library and Abondia Center continue the Shifting Landscapes series in April, with the focus on Economics. For Monday, April 4th, the session entitled “Long-Standing Ideas in New Times“. The presentation is at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St. in Ludington, and starts at 7 pm on Monday, March 21st.

Shifting Landscape events are free, live or by Zoom. Tickets are not necessary but registration is helpful. To register: To simply join the Zoom presentation, go to The link will be live about 6:45 pm on the day of the presentation. For information check the Mason County District Library website: or contact Thomas Trahey, Mason County District Library at or Brooke Portmann, director of Abondia Center, at

This 2021-2022 series is exploring six areas of our lives that have been reshaped during the Covid-19 epidemic and the many events that have occurred in the past 2 years. Economics is the sixth and final topic in the Shifting Landscapes series.

In asking questions about the nature and purpose of politics, and freedom of expression, the Shifting Landscapes series seeks to address questions on people’s minds. It also hopes the information helps people get more from news sources, as well as professionals and others about social issues and news that matters to them.

This project has been funded by grants from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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