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April 28, 2012

The Hunger Games and Real World Economic Injustice

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
University of Illinois at Chicago
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60607

Some critics see The Hunger Games as an allegory for today: staggering world poverty amidst growing economic inequality. Part of Global Activism 2012, this panel explored real-world economic injustices and possibilities for creating a more equitable and fair system locally and globally. It took a closer look at globalism, militarism and the impact of the economic crisis. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in the discussion. Also participating in the panel: Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Creative Voices for Non-violence and author of Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison, and Touissaint Losier, a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Chicago and a Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign organizer. Harishi Patel, a cultural organizer with Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Chicago activist, moderated.

 

April 19, 2012

The Eurozone Recession: Are There Alternatives?

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
The World Bank
MC-C1-100
1818 H St, NW
Washington, D.C., 20006

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot recently debated Mahmood Pradhan, Deputy Director of the IMF’s European Department, on the eurozone crisis and strategies for its resolution. While Pradhan argued for strategies that would lower labor costs, Mark argued that the European authorities, including the European Central Bank, should reverse course, intervene to lower long-term interest rates, and support stimulus programs for economic recovery; and that some governments should consider leaving the euro if the authorities insist on continued austerity and high unemployment. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

Mark's PowerPoint Presentation (.pptx)

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April 18, 2012

Congressional Briefing on Cholera in Haiti, Co-sponsored by the O'Neill Institute and CEPR

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2226
45 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20515

In October of 2010, less than ten months after being hit by a devastating earthquake, Haiti experienced a cholera epidemic that quickly spread throughout the small nation. The waterborne disease has now killed at least 7,050 Haitians and sickened over 531,000 others. Meanwhile, nearly half a million earthquake victims remain without adequate housing, and Haitians continue to face one of the most challenging clean water and sanitation situations in the world. As the rainy season sets in, the country is experiencing a notable increase in the number of deaths attributed to cholera, according to the UN.

This congressional briefing, co-sponsored by the Georgetown Law Center's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and CEPR, examines U.S. and international efforts to address what has become the world’s worst active cholera epidemic. Panelists discuss what urgent measures are needed to contain the spread of the disease, as well as longer-term proposals for preventing cholera from becoming endemic to Haiti. Finally, panelists consider the role of international legal mechanisms for protecting health and human rights violations in Haiti’s greater post-earthquake context.

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April 13, 2012

Debts and Deficits: Combating Recession in the U.S., Latin America, and Eurozone

12 p.m.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University YMCA
1001 S. Wright St.
Champaign, IL 61820

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot participated in a forum on macroeconomic policies in the United States, Europe and developing countries since the world financial crisis and recession of 2008-2009, to see what kinds of policy mistakes and public misunderstanding have limited economic and social progress. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.

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April 11, 2012

Latvia's Recession and Recovery: Are There Lessons for the Eurozone?

1 - 2:30 p.m.
AFSCME
1st Floor Board Room
1625 L Street, NW
Washington, D.C., 20036

Latvia suffered some of the worst losses of output and employment during the world financial crisis and recession (2008-2009), pursuing a strategy of "internal devaluation" while keeping its currency pegged to the euro.  Some have argued that these losses represent a severe policy failure; while others argue that the country's economic recovery since the 4th quarter of 2009, and other achievements, show that the strategy succeeded. This forum presented these two opposing views.

Mark's How Latvia Came through the Financial Crisis and author of The Last Shall Be the First: The East European Financial Crisis.

  • Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He is co-author of "Latvia's Internal Devaluation: A Success Story?" and"Latvia’s Recession: The Cost of Adjustment With An “Internal Devaluation."
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    April 11, 2012

    Tax Equity: Paying Fair

    12 - 1:30 p.m.
    Capitol Visitors Center
    Room SVC 201-00
    1 1st Street NW
    Washington, D.C.

    Fierce debate over the proper economic role, most efficient system—and fairness—of taxation will dominate the political landscape of 2012, from the presidential campaign trail to the looming end-of-year Congressional budget crisis. In partnership with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Americans for Democratic Action Education Fund will present an all-star panel on tax reform, featuring the nation’s leading advocates for a tax system that adequately funds public needs and truly reflects American values. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated. Other panelists included Elspeth Gilmore of Resource Generation, Mike Lapham of the Responsible Wealth campaign and United for a Fair Economy, Chuck Marr of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Robert McIntyre of Citizens for Tax Justice; and Rebecca Thiess of the Economic Policy Institute. The event was streamed live here.

     

    April 9, 2012

    Recovering from the Bubble Economy: Jobs, Wages and Unemployment

    7 p.m.
    University of Oregon
    Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics
    Ford Alumni Center
    Giustina Ballroom
    1515 Agate Street

    Eugene, OR 97403

    CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics' public affairs speaker series titled "In the Shadows of the Great Recession: Recovery and Inequality." Dean was joined by University of Oregon Economist Mark Thoma. More information can be found on the event's website.

     

    April 4, 2012

    99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It

    6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Busboys & Poets
    2021 14th Street NW
    Washington, D.C., 20009

    CEPR Board Member and IPS Fellow Chuck Collins discussed and signed his new book about "How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It." CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker moderated the event. Co-sponsors included IPS’ Inequality and the Common Good and New Economy Working Group projects, Teaching for Change bookstore, Busboys & Poets, Faith & Money Network, Empower DC, Democracy Collaborative, United for A Fair Economy, and Center for Economic and Policy Research. For more info, visit the event's website.

     

    April 2, 2012

    Occupy the Future

    1 p.m.
    Carnegie Institute of Washington
    1530 P Street NW
    Washington, D.C. 20005

    The National Occupation of Washington, D.C., which begins on March 30 and ends on April 30, will include protests, music and art, but its anchor is education of the movement. The major educational activities begin on April 2 with the "Control the Corporation" conference at the Carnegie Institute of Washington. The conference, organized by the Center for the Study of Responsive Law, included how people can work toward controlling corporations' impact on elections, slow privatization, create better-paying jobs and mobilize for the future. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion called "Occupy the Future" at 1 p.m. The full schedule is available on the conference website. Please register in advance at http://csrl.org to help planning for food and space.

     

    March 30, 2012

    The Future of Entitlement Programs

    8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
    2660 Woodley Road, NW

    Washington, DC 20008

    Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have been staples of American life for many decades but now their futures are threatened. As part of the 2012 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging, taking place March 28 through April 1, this panel addressed the challenges these programs face, and explored the issue of whether there will be enough wealth in the American economy to support these programs. Sessions included The Future of Social Security, The Future of Medicare and Medicaid and The Politics of the Future of Entitlements. Registration and session info can be found on the event's website.

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