Screening of “Poverty, Inc.” documentary to feature lecture by film’s director and producer

Fargo, N.D., April 12 — Fighting poverty is big business, but who profits the most.

The documentary “Poverty, Inc.” will be shown April 25 at the Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo. The event starts with a free screening of the film at 7 p.m., followed by a discussion with the film’s director and producer, Michael Matheson Miller. It’s hosted by the NDSU Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise.

Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, “Poverty, Inc.” unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. The documentary’s trailer can be viewed at

“’Poverty, Inc.’ sheds light on the unintended consequences of foreign aid,” said Jeremy Jackson, director of the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise. “While we can all agree on a desire to help people, economics focuses on results. We want to make sure we aren’t just doing good to feel good, but that we’re doing good that actually helps people.”

Miller is also presenting a Capitalism and Society lecture titled “Inclusion for the Poor: Poverty, Charity and Justice” on April 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the Barry Hall AgCountry Auditorium.

Miller, a research fellow at the Acton Institute, lectures internationally on such themes as political and social philosophy, economic development, ethics and entrepreneurship. With some ten years of international experience, he has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The Capitalism and Society Lecture Series is hosted by the NDSU Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise. The purpose of the lecture series is to invite dialogue between researchers, students and community members about institutions and policies that encourage and enhance human well-being.

“Having lived and travelled across the globe, Michael will bring compelling stories and interesting research findings to our community,” said Jackson.

The film screening and lecture are both free and open to the public. Participants can reserve tickets on Facebook and Eventbrite. Registration is encouraged but not required. 


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