Left Forum: Venezuela and the Chavez Government: Advances and Shortcomings
10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Left Forum Department of Sociology CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016
Venezuela is going through a crucial period right now because it is emerging from a two-year recession and President Chavez and his allies have won only narrow electoral victories since the loss of a 2007 constitutional reform referendum. In addition, after 12 years in power there is a certain erosion of enthusiasm among rank and file Chavistas. Chavez is up for reelection in 2012, which will be one of his most critical contests yet. The speakers on this panel, which was part of the Left Forum conference, explored what is currently going on in Venezuela, in terms of the advances and the shortcomings of the Chavez government and they will thereby try to make sense of where Venezuela has been and where it is heading.
American University hosted a panel on the impact the IMF has had on Caribbean countries' economies, including a discussion with key players and experts in the field. Panel participants included CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot; Therese Turner-Jones, deputy division chief in the western hemisphere at the IMF; and Paul Nehru Tennassee, coordinator of international co-curricular programs at the University of the District of Columbia. For more information, visit the event's site. A video of the event can be found here or after the jump below.
CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs on state and municipal debt. More information can be found on the subcommittee's website. A video of the hearing can be found here or after the jump below.
The New Jersey Time to Care Coalition held a policy briefing on "Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California." CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum presented findings from new research in California on its paid family leave program and how it can inform policymaking for New Jersey's Family Leave Insurance Program.
February 8, 2011
Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream
The Cato Institute held a forum to discuss author Christopher Whalen's book, "Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream." CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker and Alex Pollock of the American Enterprise Institute participated in the discussion. A video of the event can be found here or after the jump below.
The Haiti Democracy Project sponsored a presentation on the "Haiti Democracy Project Electoral Mission." Participants included: CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot; Professor Fritz Scheuren, the 100th president of the American Statistical Association and member of the OAS Verification Mission to Haiti; Roger F. Noriega, Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs under George W. Bush, and visiting fellow of the American Enterprise Institute; Rudolph H. Boulos, board member of the Haiti Democracy Project; James Morell, founder and executive director of the Haiti Democracy Project;
and Ernest Preeg, former US ambassador to Haiti and chair at the International Business Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Webinar on California's Paid Family Leave Insurance Program
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In a webinar sponsored by the National Partnership for Women and Families, Drs. Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman will share key findings and strategic insights from their pathbreaking new employer/employee research on California's paid family leave insurance program. To see slides, visit the webinar here and call into 1-866-642-1665 / Participant Code: 202-238-4841 for the audio.
February 2, 2011
Whither Haiti after the Apocalypse? Responses to the Earthquake, the Cholera Epidemic and the Future
4 pm – 6 pm Georgia State University Troy Moore Library 9th Floor General Classroom Building 33 Gilmer St SE Atlanta, Georgia 30303
The Georgia State University Center for Human Rights and Democracy will host an academic conference on Haiti after the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010 and the cholera epidemic that ensued. Leading experts on the country and international development will convene to discuss, share and assess the psychological responses and trauma, quality of global governance in response to the crisis, lessons learned, cultural and artistic expressions, quality of the response, recent two rounds of elections, and the challenges of the future. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot will take part in a panel discussion titled "Elections and Politics."
January 28, 2011
Venezuela from the Neutral Ground
4:45pm – 6:00pm Tulane University LBC Stibbs Conference Room 203, Uptown Campus 100 Jones Hall New Orleans, LA 70118
The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the Tulane University Department of Political Science sponsored a symposium, titled "Venezuela from the Neutral Ground," to promote competing views on the "Chavista" phenomenon. CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot participated in a panel session.
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January 27, 2011
Table Talk: "Attack on the Debt & Deficit: Who Wins? Who Loses?"
American University and the Kay Spiritual Life Center sponsored a panel discussion on the debt and deficit. Speakers included CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt; Aaron Goldstein, American University student and president of the Roosevelt Institute; and Roger Hickey of Campaign for America's Future. More information can be found on the event's webpage.