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June 22, 2010

Social Security at 75: The Legacy and Vision

9 am - 4:30 pm
13th Floor Ballroom
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC

Social Security helped pave a humane path out of the Great Depression in 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s broad agenda that lifted the poor and fostered the growth of a strong middle class. In today’s Great Recession, pundits question whether we can still afford Social Security’s promise to empower the vulnerable and sustain a vibrant middle class for tomorrow’s working families. The National Academy of Social Insurance sponsored this forum to explore lessons from history that shed light on the future. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a sesssion titled "Fiscal Status of Social Security and the Federal Budget." RSVP here.
 

June 14, 2010

Hearing on the Saving D.C. Homes from Foreclosure Act of 2010

1 pm
John A. Wilson Building, Room 500
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker testified before the D.C. Council Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs on Bill 18-691: the Saving D.C. Homes from Foreclosure Act of 2010. The act would require mortgage lenders and homeowners to engage in mediation prior to foreclosure and would require mortgage lenders that proceed with foreclosure to offer the house as a rental to the former homeowner at a market rental rate. A live stream of the hearing can be viewed here.
 

June 10, 2010

America Not Greece: What the Greek Debt Crisis Means to American Policy Makers

9 am
Capitol Visitor Center, Room 202/203
U.S. Capitol
1st and East Capitol Streets, NE
Washington, DC

The American Action Network held a panel discussion on the Greek debt crisis and what it means for American policy makers. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated, along with William Cline, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics; Andy Busch, global currency and public policy strategist at BMO Capital Markets; and moderator Gerald Seib, executive Washington editor at The Wall Street Journal. Senator Judd Gregg was the keynote speaker.
 

June 7, 2010

The Future of Social Security

9 - 11 am
Zenger Room
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in a roundtable on Social Security, organized by Pensions and Investments.
 

May 14, 2010

Obama's Latin American Policy and the Honduran Coup: "That's Not Change, That's More of the Same."

7:30 pm - 10 pm
Five Towns Forum Meeting
Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library
1125 Broadway
Hewlett, New York 11557-0903

Dan Beeton, international communications coordinator for the Center for Economic and Policy Research, discussed the Obama Administration's policies towards Latin America, especially Honduras.
 

May 16, 2009

2009 Michigan Policy Summit

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker will be the keynote speaker at this year's Michigan Policy Summit

 

April 30, 2009

Dean Baker to Discuss his New Book

Sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Forum, CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker will be speaking at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Jamaica Plain (Boston) from 7 - 9 p.m. about his new book, Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy.

 

April 27, 2009

After Tech Stocks and Housing, What's the Next Bubble?

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker will be on this panel at the 2009 Annual Conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in Denver, from 9 - 10:15 a.m.

 

April 24, 2009

Safeguarding Development and Social Protection: Challenges for a New Global Financial Architecture

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
World Bank "I" Building/Room I1-200
1850I Street, NW

The global financial crisis presents new challenges for safeguarding development and social protection, as steps taken to mend the struggling financial system – in both its regulation, institutional organization, and governance – have now been put forward at the G-20 Summit. This panel will address specifically the need for more transparent and democratic political processes to ensure that the new financial arrangements are accountable to the needs of people and not only of the financial system and its primary actors. The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung invites representatives of civil society to take the occasion of the spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank to discuss these urgent matters with Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; Sony Kapoor, Managing Director, Re-Define (Rethinking Development, Finance & Environment); and Damon Silvers, Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO. This event is hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung New York. To RSVP, please contact Sara Burke at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

April 22, 2009

Media Briefing: The IMF's Crisis Lending: Cuts in Social Spending Demanded for Poor Countries as G8 Plans Stimulus

As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank prepare for their Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. April 25-26th, the IMF has been calling for a global fiscal stimulus to counteract the world recession. But its actions tell a different story: in the loans it has made since October 2008 - when the crisis saved the IMF from near-irrelevance - the conditions continue to require contractionary measures that will intensify the impact of the recession on the most vulnerable people. Deficit reduction, interest rate hikes, and cuts in government spending are common to most of the programs - precisely the opposite of what the U.S. and other industrialized countries are doing to minimize the pain.

CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot joined
Peter Bujari, executive director of the Human Development Trust in Tanzania and Inga Paparde, Latvian AIDS activist and journalist. The call was moderated by Joanne Carter, executive director RESULTS Educational Fund.

Transcript
A transcript is available on the RESULTS site.

 
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