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Poverty documentary to be shown, director to give lecture

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Michael Matheson Miller

The documentary “Poverty, Inc.” is scheduled to be shown Wednesday, 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. 

The event is hosted by the NDSU Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise. 

Drawing from more than 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, “Poverty, Inc.” unearths an uncomfortable side of charity. 

“‘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 also is set to present a Capitalism and Society lecture titled “Inclusion for the Poor: Poverty, Charity and Justice” Thursday, 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 10 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 lecture series invites 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.

The center produces research and programming on issues relevant to North Dakota and the Upper Great Plains region to advance knowledge of the sources and causes of human well-being and the distinctive roles of entrepreneurship, free markets, philanthropy, private enterprise and public policy in achieving it.

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