As the U.S. economy continues to break records in multiple measurements, several questions are being asked by politicians, the news media, and everyday people such as: Who really benefits from capitalism in the US? Is capitalism, as currently practiced, the best economic model to meet our needs? Are modifications required in this age of new technology, creative financial services and products, and a truly global economy? The audience will get a chance to weigh in on one of the most controversial discussions in Cucalorus history! Vote your way to a better future!
Malaika Paquiot (moderator) is Head of Product & Design at K4Connect in Raleigh, where she leads a team responsible for K4Connect’s product strategy and roadmap. She has over 15 years experience in Software including as a developer, development manager, tech support manager and product manager. Malaika has won the National Women of Color Technology Award and judged Triangle Startup Weekend. She has had a lifelong love of film and to that end, serves on the boards of the North Carolina-based nonprofit organizations: Cucalorus and Working Films, and does digital strategy for ARRAY film collective.
Dr. Tim Gill is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University. He has published in academic outlets such as Sociological Forum and Journal of World-Systems Research, as well as public outlets such as the Washington Post, Jacobin, and The Nation. He is the editor of a forthcoming edited volume titled The Future of U.S. Empire in the Americas: The Trump Administration and Beyond.
Dr. Adam Jones is the Associate Professor of Economics at UNCW and the Regional Economist Department Chair Economics & Finance at UNCW. Prior to pursuing his PhD in economics, Dr. Jones was the Director of Economic Development with the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce in Covington, GA. His responsibilities included business recruitment, retention and expansion of existing businesses and public policy development. While attending graduate school at the University of Georgia, Dr. Jones assisted the Carl Vinson Institute of Government with various economic impact studies and other economic development policy consultation projects.