Campus Closure

Classes are canceled through the weekend due to air quality. Get the latest updates.

January 2016

Trustee and Ignatian Center speaker

Trustee and Ignatian Center speaker

The Consequences of Inequality

Feb. 11 Ignatian Center lecture will explore the fallout from growing global inequality

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 13, 2016 — Recent decades have seen an unprecedented decline in global poverty but also growing economic and social inequality worldwide. What are the implications of this trend? What does it mean to pursue “the common good” today? A Feb. 11 lecture will draw on recent social science scholarship and Catholic social teaching to address the question “Is there a 'common good?'”

Matt Carnes, S.J., associate professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University, will explore the social and economic implications of inequality during the Feb. 11 lecture, being held from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the de Saisset Museum on Santa Clara University’s campus. His appearance is part of the annual Bannan Memorial Lecture Series presented by Santa Clara University’s Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.

The recipient of numerous awards for outstanding teaching, Carnes researches the dynamics of labor and social welfare policy, particularly the ways societies protect their weakest and most vulnerable members: the old, the young, the ill or injured, and the unemployed. His principal regional focus is Latin America, and in recent years he has conducted extensive field research in Argentina, Peru, Chile, and Bolivia.

Carnes is the author of Continuity Despite Change: The Politics of Labor Regulation in Latin America (Stanford University Press, 2014), and his research has appeared, or is forthcoming, in numerous leading international political science journals. 

He has also served for several extended periods of development and pastoral work in Ecuador, Paraguay, and Mexico. In 1998 he responded to an international call for Jesuits to assist in relief work in Central America following Hurricane Mitch, where he coordinated rural reconstruction projects.

Carnes has a long connection to Santa Clara University, having served as the Jesuit-in-Residence in the Unity Residential Learning Community from 2003 to 2008, and serving as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2014.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is at

About the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University
As one of the University’s three Centers of Distinction, the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education promotes and enhances that distinctively Jesuit, Catholic tradition of education at Santa Clara, through a range of signature programs presented here. The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education will be recognized throughout Silicon Valley as providing leadership for the integration of faith, justice, and the intellectual life.

Media Contact
Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | | 408-554-5121

Recent Headlines