Unleashing Opportunity: Wheaton College


The Center for Applied Christian Ethics will host Michael J. Gerson and a panel from Center for Public Justice.  Gerson's lecture will focus on reducing juvenile incarceration as well as address the racial disparities that exist.

We will also explore community based solutions. This lecture is based on the book Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice and will include authors Michael GersonStephanie Summers and Katie Thompson.


About the Book

Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires A Shared Vision Of Justice explores five key issues that require shared solutions in order to unleash opportunity for many Americans today. This book offers anyone concerned with poverty in America an accessible, Christian framework for thinking through these issues as well as powerful stories of people contributing to the solutions. 

The book explores five key issues that are taking a disproportionate and devastating toll on low-income Americans. Topics include:

  • The Importance of Early Childhood
  • The Foster Care to Trafficking Pipeline
  • Juvenile Justice Reform
  • The Graduation Gap
  • Predatory Payday Lending

For each topic, Gerson puts a lens on the magnitude of the problem, Summers applies a public justice framework for considering solutions, and Thompson tells the story of real Americans who have experienced these issues first hand. 

Find out more about the book at www.UnleashingOpportunity.org