Make some time this evening for a stimulating discussion about the structure and role of corporations in society. Okay, it may not sound like the sexiest of topics, but one of the true visionaries in the field is paying a visit to Duluth today as the first guest speaker of the Alworth Center for Peace and Justice Lecture Series at the College of St. Scholastica. This year’s theme? The Future of Capitalism.
At 7:30 tonight, Marjorie Kelly will take the stage at Mitchell Auditorium to speak on "Democracy and the Corporation." Her work has focused on how to develop "a more humane democratic design for the modern corporation," according the St. Scholastica. The school also says Kelly, author of "The Divine Right of Capital," is expected to argue that focusing on making profits for stockholders to the exclusion of everyone else’s interests is a form of discrimination based on property or wealth. Kelly, a senior associate at Tellus Institute, founded the company that publishes Business Ethics, a national magazine that explores corporate social responsibility.
The event is free and open to the public. The lecture series will examine the systemic and moral foundations of our nation’s economic and financial systems. It will bring W. Michael Cox and Robert McKibben to town on Oct. 20 and March 9, respectively.