Search our Site
Custom Search
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service

Distinguished Author
To Speak on Poverty, Profits

Bookmark and Share

The Consciousness Calendar is published bi-weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
Consciousness Calendar April 7 to 20: Featured Is A Lecture On Inner City Poverty And Evictions But Also Available Is A Frank Lloyd Wright Forum, Slam Poetry And Zika Virus Awareness


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 6, 2016 — Economic inequality has taken center stage in the current presidential election cycle, with many voters voicing their displeasure with the widening wealth gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. Poverty in this country is far from simply a political talking point, though, as its very real effects can be felt by an estimated 46.7 million Americans, according to the United States Census Bureau.

To further that discussion, Arizona State University will host a lecture on the subject on April 7 with noted alumni Matthew Desmond. Desmond is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Sciences at Harvard University and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project. He recently wrote the book Evicted: Poverty and Profits in the American City and will be discussing inner city poverty and evictions at ASU’s Coor Hall, Room 174, 976 S. Forest Mall, Tempe.

Since graduating ASU, Desmond has garnered acclaim and published a series of noted works. In addition to his most recent book, Desmond wrote the award-winning On The Fireline, coauthored two books on race, and edited of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America.

Reception for the event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 5 p.m. A book signing will take place after the lecture. To register for this free event, visit

Thursday, April 7

The goal of the inaugural 2016 Arizona Cord Blood Conference: Lifeline to the Future event is to bring lawmakers, patients and their families, researchers and clinicians together to form a cohesive network supporting the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium, 600 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Topics will include the program itself, fundraising and legal issues. To register or learn more, call 602-827-2655 or go to

Friday, April 8

Fantasy sports and intercollegiate athletics are two of the topics slated for the 2016 ASU Sports Symposium, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arizona State University’s Old Main, 400 E. Tyler Mall. Tempe. Ray Anderson, the Sun Devil Athletics director, will give the keynote speech. Rick Horrow, CEO of Horrow Sports Ventures, is hosting the event. For more info, go to

Saturday, April 9

A forum on legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy will take place at 2:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Members of the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation board of directors, Taliesin’s Preservation Director Fred Prozillo and the owners of Frank Lloyd Wright residences in Phoenix will be on hand. The forum is free of charge; for more information, go to

Ann Kirkpatrick supporters can take part in a “sunset reception” for the Democratic candidate, who is challenging veteran U.S. Sen. John McCain, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 7528 N. Clearwater Pkwy., Scottsdale. Tickets start at $100. Kirkpatrick for Senate is sponsoring the event. To RSVP, go to:

Michael Levine and others will discuss the Phoenix warehouse district’s past, present and future at 12:30 p.m. at the SMoCA Lounge, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale. For two decades, Levine has acquired and renovated warehouses and other buildings in downtown Phoenix, including ones home to Bentley Projects, the Arizona State University School of Art Graduate Student Studios and The Duce. For more details, go to

Tuesday, April 12

The Professional Women’s Alliance will feature Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, who will speak starting at 11 a.m. at the Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St., Phoenix. Jennings-Roggensack, executive director for ASU Gammage and associate vice president of Cultural Affairs for Arizona State University, will share her views on how Broadway and the American art form of musical theater helps to connect communities. For Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce members, the cost is $25; for non-members, $45. Registration is required; go to

Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai will speak on the future of U.S.-China relations starting at 6 p.m at the Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telewa Trail, Phoenix. Cui worked for the Chinese delegation to the United Nations before being promoted into his current job. The program, sponsored by the McCain Institute for International Leadership, also includes cocktails and dinner; tickets are $75. To learn more, go to

Monday, April 11

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Workshop will be held at 8 a.m. in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV, Marston Exploration Theater at ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration, 781 E. Terrace Mall, Tempe. The workshop will focus on creating clear and concise language to help describe scientific terms and topics to unfamiliar audiences. For more details, go to:

The Zika virus is a major news topic these days, and will be discussed starting at 6 p.m. at Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road, Mesa. Holly Todd, a nurse practitioner, will explain what the virus is and ways to keep safe while pregnant. The event is free; for more information or to register visit

Saturday, April 16

Poetry slams are not just for 1990s nostalgia fans: The All-City Slam Championship is happening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Piper Theater at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Valley middle and highschool students will compete in part of the two-day event celebrating the spoken word. The event is free; for more information visit

The Phoenix Union CTA, along with educators, students, parents and community leaders, will be on hand for a forum supporting Prop 123 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Arizona Education Association, 345 E. Palm Lane, Phoenix. During the week-long campaign, volunteers will contact voters all day by canvassing neighborhoods and making phone calls. For more details visit

Wednesday, April 20

Prop 123 will once again be front and center during a public dialogue about its pros and cons, set for 6 p.m. at ASU’s Downtown Campus, 411 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The event is free, but an RSVP is required. For more information on visit

The film REUSE! Because You Can’t Recycle the Planet will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. The film follows "Reuse Pro" Alex Eaves' as he seeks to the global waste problem and “discovers how reuse truly benefits "people, planet, and wallet,” according to the film’s promoters. A post-film question-and-answer session will be held; go to to learn more.

Bookmark and Share

DC, Marvel And Star Wars Mega Crossover At Disney

The Company Behind Immortal Tales Including Steamboat Willie, Bambi, And Characters As Unforgettable As Scrooge McDuck, Has Brokered A Deal Many Thought Could Never Happen.

A Message From President Donald J. Trump

The Next President Of The United States — At Least In His Own Mind — Takes On The State Of The Union, Feminazis, The Federal Reserve And The Golden Border Fence With Mexico.