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October 28, 2012

Community Cinema Screening of “As Goes Janesville”

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Busboys and Poets, 14th and V
2021 14th Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20009

When bankrupt General Motors shut down Janesville, Wisconsin’s century-old plant in 2008, thousands of jobs were lost. While many workers were forced to leave their families in search of decent jobs, local business leaders worked to bring new companies to town with the promise of lower wages, reduced regulation, and tax breaks. They formed a powerful alliance with newly elected Republican governor Scott Walker, whose pro-business, anti-union stance ripped apart the state, triggering a historic recall election. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a Q & A following a screening of Brad Lichtenstein "As Goes Janesville." The event was presented by ITVS, with WHUT, Washington DCJCC, Busboys and Poets and Center for Social Media at American University.

 

October 16, 2012

Threats to Medicare: The Election and the Lame Duck Congress

7:30 p.m.
Beth Israel's Phillips Ambulatory Care Center
2nd Floor Auditorium
10 Union Square East
New York, NY 10003

The structure of Medicare may be put at serious risk following the election. Governor Romney has explicitly called for turning it into a voucher program. If President Obama is re-elected, there are also major risks to the program, some of which may arise as early as the lame duck Congressional session in the fall, if there is an effort to reach a "grand bargain" on the deficit. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a forum on the threats Medicare faces post-election and during a lame duck Congress. 

 

October 8, 2012

Future of Retirement Security

10:40 a.m.
Loews Ventana Canyon
7000 North Resort Drive
Tucson, AZ 85750

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion on the "Future of Retirement Security" as part of the National Council on Teacher Retirement's Annual Convention. Other participants included David John, senior research fellow in retirement security and financial institutions at the Heritage Foundation, and Michael P. Kreps, Esq., pensions counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). Leigh Snell, NCTR's federal relations director, moderated.

 

October 6, 2012

FDL Book Salon on "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use ‘Plain English’ to Rob You Blind"

5:00 p.m.
Firedoglake

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker hosted a book salon on Firedoglake with David Cay Johnston on his new book, "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' and Other Tricks to Rob You Blind." In the book, Johnston shares solutions you can use to fight back against the hundreds of obscure fees and taxes that line the pockets of big corporations, and to help end these devious practices once and for all. You can find more information on Firedoglake.

 

October 4, 2012

Financial Transactions Taxes at Home and Abroad

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
D.C. Bar Conference Center
1101 K Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20005

This panel discussed recently enacted and proposed financial transaction taxes in Europe, including France's new tax on high frequency orders, as well as the potential for some form of financial transactions tax in the United States. The panel considered the various rationales advanced for the tax, the scope of the current proposals, and the potential consequences of the tax, both intended and unintended. Speakers included Center for Economic and Policy Research Co-Director Dean Baker; Thornton Matheson, economist for tax policy at the International Monetary Fund; Lee Sheppard, contributing editor for Tax Notes; and Steven Rosenthal, visiting fellow at Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (Moderator). 

 

September 27, 2012

Private Equity and Regulation in the Global Economy

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
George Washington University
Elliott School
1957 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

CEPR senior economist Eileen Appelbaum participated in a debate with  Roy Katzovicz of Pershing Square Capital Management titled, "Private Equity and Regulation in the Global Economy," sponsored by the George Washington University chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society. 

Private Equity and Regulation in the Global Economy

 

September 21, 2012

Financial Reform Summit III: "From Dodd-Frank to Occupy and Everything In Between"

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Rutgers University - Newark
Paul Robeson Campus Center
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102

New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund held a financial reform summit discussing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the foreclosure crisis and more. Experts debated policies and practices that shape the current financial system. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker gave a keynote address and monitored a panel on financial reform. 

 

September 20, 2012

Haiti in 2012: Updates on the Recovery

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Washington Convention Center
Room 209-B
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

CEPR's Alexander Main took part in a panel on Haiti as part of the Congressional Black Caucus' Annual Legislative Conference. The panel focused on a variety of issues facing Haiti as it continues to recover from the effects of the 2010 earthquake and the ongoing cholera epidemic. The panel also discussed political developments in the country, including controversies surrounding the possible reestablishment of the Haitian Army and the future role of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Finally, the panel discussed ways the United States and the international community can work with the Haitian government to overcome the barriers preventing many Haitians from accessing affordable and sustainable housing. For more information, visit the conference site.

 

September 18, 2012

Assange's Asylum in Correa's Ecuador

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
American Enterprise Institute
12th Floor
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

The American Enterprise Institute hosted a panel discussion on Ecuador President Rafael Correa's offer of political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot joined Roger F. Noriega of AEI and Gustavo Palacio of Ecuador Democracy International to discuss this timely and significant topic. You can watch a video of the event below or after the break.

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September 13, 2012

Post-Neoliberalism in Latin America: A New Vision for Development

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
University of Massachusetts - Boston
Wheatley Hall, 4th Floor, Room 23
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125

Aimed to end the neoliberal policy prescriptions promoted by the IMF-Washington Consensus—which are credited with the critical levels of social inequality and poverty in the region—governments and social movements in many countries south of the border have pledged to redefine the role of the state in the economy. This new trend, taking place on different scales, in various contexts and by different actors, has brought economic growth and a more equitable social order. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot and Miguel Angel Contreras, president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Venezuela, spoke at a panel on whether postneoliberalism is an economic theory or a political ideology, and what is its vision for development.

 
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