Lardner’s grandson lecturing at Notre Dame

Published 5:17 am Monday, April 10, 2006

By Staff
NOTRE DAME - Economic journalist James Lardner will give a lecture on “U.S. Economic Inequality and Why it Matters” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in Room 127 of the University of Notre Dame's Hayes-Healy Hall.
Perhaps the best-known of Niles' famous native sons is his grandfather, writer Ring Lardner.
Lardner was born in Niles and worked as a newspaper reporter, sportswriter, and columnist before he began publishing fiction. He is best known for his satirical stories involving baseball. The Niles Junior High School is named after him.
James Lardner is co-editor with David A. Smith of a new book, “Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide in America and Its Poisonous Consequences.” A collection of 21 essays by a variety of contributors, the book argues that increasing inequality in education, health care, and economic opportunity imperils the health, stability and durability of the nation.
Lardner, a former New Yorker staff writer, is the son of Ring Lardner, Jr., the screenplay writer who was blacklisted with the “Hollywood Ten” during the Army/McCarthy hearings of the 1950s.
The lecture is sponsored by Notre Dame's Department of Economics and Policy Studies and the Higgins Labor Research Center.
For more information contact Lauri Roberts at (574) 631-6335 or