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September 15, 2011

The Andes Initiative Presents: Panel on "The Revolution in Venezuela"

6 - 7:30 p.m.
David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Is Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution under Hugo Chávez truly revolutionary? Most books and articles tend to view the Chávez government in an either-or fashion. Some see the president as the shining knight of twenty-first-century socialism, while others see him as an avenging Stalinist strongman. Despite passion on both sides, the Chávez government does not fall easily into a seamless fable of emancipatory or authoritarian history, as essays in the recent book The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change Under Chávez (Series on Latin American Studies) make clear.

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot took part in a panel discussion on the collection of essays. Other participants included Cathy Rakowski, associate professor of women's studies and rural sociology at Ohio State University, and Thomas Ponniah, professor at the school of liberal arts and sciences at George Brown College. More information on the event can be found here.


September 14, 2011

Money Makes The World Go Around

7 - 9 p.m.
Gordon Park Pavilion

2828 N. Humboldt Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53212

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a talk on the economy, financial speculation taxes and the misinformation behind the deficit. The event, which was free, was sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Center for Economic Development; Wisconsin Voices; Institute for Wisconsin’s Future; American Federation of Teachers - 212; Citizen Action of WI; Partnership for Working Families; We Are Milwaukee- We Are WI; WISDOM; SEIU; and Wisconsin AFL-CIO.


September 12, 2011

The Great Recession: How We Got Here and Prospects for Recovery

6 p.m.
Roosevelt University

Ganz Hall
430 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in the 18th Annual Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Lecture, with a presentation titled "The Great Recession: How We Got Here and Prospects for Recover." The event was sponsored by the Center for New Deal Studies at Roosevelt University; the Roosevelt Institute, Hyde Park, NY; and portoluz – building sanctuaries for progressive arts, WPA 2.0, a brand new deal


September 8, 2011

New Priorities for Public Finance – Achieving Policy Coherence to Strengthen the State, Reduce Inequality and Promote Sustainable Growth

2 p.m.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Europabüro

Rue du Taciturne 38
Brussel, Belgium

The financial and economic crisis has significantly contributed to the deterioration of the fiscal condition of almost every G20 nation since the onset of the crisis. It is therefore time to discuss new priorities for public finance in the industrialized countries. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted a selected group of international experts and policy makers to explore links between alternative economic models and new priorities for a progressive public finance policy. As part of the conference, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion titled "Taxation and Fiscal Policy: Public Money for Public Goods? How to Strengthen the State."


August 16, 2011

Texas Municipal Retirement System Annual Training Seminar

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Austin

208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker presented findings from his paper, "The Origin and Severity of the Public Pension Crisis," in a seminar aimed at Texas Municipal Retirement System City Correspondents, administrative personnel, finance officers and other city decision-makers. Schedule information can be found here.


August 6, 2011

Make Wall Street Pay! Taking on Corporate Power

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Omni Shoreham

2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

State and national officials are attempting to balance budgets on the backs of working people. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a panel discussion on how to hold Wall Street and corporations accountable. Other participants included Amanda Devecka‐Rinear of the National People’s Action; Stephen Lerner of the Service Employees International Union; Joe Jurczak of National Nurses United; Justin Flores of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL‐CIO; and Elce Redmond of the South Austin Coalition & Chicago Jobs with Justice. The discussion was part of a larger conference being held by Jobs with Justice, taking place Aug. 5-7. 


July 28, 2011

Social Security: The Trust Fund, The Deficit, and Americans' Retirement Security

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cannon House Office Building

Room 234
283 1st St SE
Washington, DC 20559

The Aspen Institute sponsored a panel discussion on Social Security called "Social Security: The Trust Fund, the Deficit, and Americans' Retirement Security." CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in the panel, along with Representative Xavier Becerra and speakers from the Aspen Institute who discussed a soon-to-be-released brief, "Social Security: The House that Roosevelt Built." The paper takes a look at the legal status of Social Security, debunking some oft-heard critiques, such as that the bonds are worthless, the trust fund is a gimmick, and the program is merely a government run ponzi scheme. 


July 27, 2011

Press Conference on Impact of Debt Reduction Plans to Social Safety Net Programs

10:00 a.m.
Capitol Visitors Center

East Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20515

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker joined Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the co-chairs of the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus in a press conference on the debt reduction plans and their possible impact on social safety net programs for people facing or living in poverty.


July 25, 2011

Briefing on Anniversary of Increase in the Minimum Wage

2:00 p.m.
Senate Visitors Center

SVC 212-10
East Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20515

Sunday July 24 marked the second anniversary of the most recent increase in the minimum wage. This increase was one of the most important legislative achievements of the last decade for low-wage workers, giving millions of hardworking Americans a raise and helping low-income families make ends meet. The National Employment Law Project, Economic Policy Institute, Lake Research Partners and the Center for Economic and Policy Research conducted a briefing highlighting recent research and public opinions demonstrating the continued economic benefits and strong popularity of the minimum wage. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker moderated.


July 23, 2011

Fighting for Recognition: The Diversity of the AAPI Workforce Today

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Marriot City Center

1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

As part of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance 2011 Convention, which took place July 21-24, CEPR's Director of Domestic Policy, Nicole Woo, took part in a presentation titled "Fighting for Recognition: The Diversity of the AAPI Workforce Today." Looking at Census Bureau microdata sets, the presentation highlighted demographic analyses and detailed snapshots of the rise of the AAPI workforce over the past decades, the vast diversity of the AAPI population, and challenges faced by AAPI workers. The findings counter the "model minority" myth and demonstrate that, to truly understand the state of AAPI workers, one must look beyond the aggregate numbers. With this data, organizations can equip themselves to fight for recognition from policy makers, stakeholders, and other key players about the need to address the issues of the AAPI working community. Lucia Lin of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment also took part in the presentation. 

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