Inaugural Symposium
Challenge Convention. Change Our World.

The Great Recession and Its Impact on Families

Friday, September 24
Razzo Hall, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

In 2009, Clark University was accepted as the Massachusetts participant in the National Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars program. The first seminar for Massachusetts legislators, "The Great Recession and Its Impact on Families," was held at the State House in March 2010. This panel is based upon that seminar, and emphasizes a family perspective on the Great Recession that began in 2007. Panelists presented reviews of research on the impact of the recession in terms of job loss as a stress on family health and stability, the changing occupational structure, especially from the perspective of women heads of households and blue-collar job loss, and the connection between job loss and family violence.

William S. MosakowskiWilliam S. Mosakowski '76, Chair of the Clark University Board of Trustees; President and CEO, Public Consulting Group

James GomesJames Gomes, Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University

Alumni/ae and Faculty Panelists
Laura FaulknerLaura Faulkner '10, Clark University Graduate Student
Laura Faulkner received her B.A. in Political Science from Clark University and is currently working towards a Master's in Public Administration. As an undergraduate student, Ms. Faulkner was very involved in the university community by serving in a number of roles, including Student Council member (Off-Campus representative), Grants Committee Chair, Peer Advisor, and as a group leader of the Alternative Spring Break New Orleans in 2008. She was also a member of the Gryphon and Pleiades Senior Leadership Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. She was the recipient of the Rose M. Sachs Award, presented annually to a senior woman who best exemplifies "the spirit of Clark University" through her accomplishments and activities. As a graduate student, Ms. Faulkner serves as Research Assistant for the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and as an Administrative and Research Assistant at the Bowditch Institute for Women's Success at Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, working for former trustee Lauren Rikleen. She recently participated in Academic Spree Day, giving a collaborative presentation of the Impact of the Recession on Families. She also received the "Who's Who Among American College Students 2010" award.

Denise HinesDenise Hines, Research Assistant Professor of Psychology, Clark University
Dr. Hines received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in 1995, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University in 1999 and 2004, respectively. From 2003 until 2005 she was an NIMH Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Family Research Laboratory and Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, and from 2005 until 2007 she served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Currently she directs the Family Impact Seminar (FIS) series, which is funded by the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and is part of a national network of colleges that host FIS. She also co-directs the Clark Anti-Violence Education Program, which is supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice. Finally, she is the Principal Investigator of a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the mental health of men who sustain partner violence from their female partners and seek help.

Robert J. S. RossRobert J. S. Ross, Professor of Sociology, Clark University
Dr. Ross received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1963, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1966 and 1975, respectively. He has been at Clark since 1972. Since the 1980s, Dr. Ross has worked on the political economy of urban development and the analysis of global capitalism. He is Director of the International Studies Stream and among the founders of the program in Urban Development and Social Change, and an affiliate of the Community Development and Planning program. In 1995, he began research on the resurgence of sweatshops in the U.S. and global apparel industry, and he has given over 100 public lectures on the issue. His work on this topic has been published in The Nation, Foreign Affairs, Dollars and Sense, as well as a number of edited collections of research on globalization. His book, "Slaves to Fashion: Poverty and Abuse in the New Sweatshops," was published in 2004. In August 2010, he keynoted an international conference in the United Kingdom on "Social Labelling in the Global Apparel Industry."