Joseph Fels, a life Devoted to Social and Economic Justice

Joseph Fels, a life Devoted to Social and Economic Justice

Joseph Fels, a life Devoted to Social and Economic Justice

This seminar will introduce the life story and achievements of Joseph Fels. Son of Bavarian immigrants to the United States, Fels built a successful business manufacturing soap products in Philadelphia. In mid-life, he developed a strong passion for economic justice and joined Henry George in his crusade against inequality through the Single Tax. Join us to learn about the contributions to humanity made by this remarkable man.

Instructor: Edward J. Dodson
Date: Thursday June 25, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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    Speaker: Alexandra W. Lough, PhD

    Lough is an academic researcher, writer, and editor based in Mission Viejo, California. She is the co-founder and Vice President of LectureSource, Inc. and a contributing editor of the six-volume series, The Annotated Works of Henry George (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016-2022). Lough earned a PhD in American history from Brandeis University and a B.A. in political science from the University of the Pacific.

    Date: Wed, October 13, 2021
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    A link to join the webinar will be provided via email before the start of the session.