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Event Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014, 5:30 pm

WBUR On Tap With Bob Oakes: Discussing Legalized Gambling

bobThis event is free to attend, but space is limited, so please RSVP HERE.

Join WBUR Morning Edition host Bob Oakes to learn the latest about gambling in Massachusetts: Where is it going, who does it hurt, and how many jobs is it likely to create? What does it mean for the culture of the Commonwealth to bring casinos close to home?

The University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health & Health Sciences (SPHHS) has been engaged by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) to carry out a comprehensive, multi-year research project, believed to be the first of its kind, on the economic and social impacts of introducing casino gambling in Massachusetts.

Two of the lead researchers on the project will join Bob Oakes for this discussion. Dr. Rachel Volberg has been involved in epidemiological research on gambling and problem gambling since 1985 and has directed or consulted on numerous gambling studies throughout the world. Laurie Salame, JD, teaches in the Isenberg School of Management, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she has been since 2001. Her classes include Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism, Hospitality Law, Gaming and Social Policy, and Casino Operations Management. 

Schedule: 5:30-6 p.m. Refreshments served
6-7 p.m. Discussion with Bob Oakes

Location: WBUR, 890 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 02215 — 3rd FloorWBUR is located at the corner of Comm. Ave. and St. Paul Street; the entrance is on St. Paul Street. The nearest T stop is St. Paul Street on the Green B Line, or Buick Street on the 57 bus.

Parking: Street parking is available near the station and there is a parking lot on Commonwealth Ave. at the Agganis Arena.

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