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August 5, 2010

Making the Case Against Raising the Retirement Age

10 - 11:30 a.m.
2103 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Nicole Woo, director of domestic policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, participated in a briefing titled, "Making the Case Against Raising the Retirement Age," sponsored by the Older Women's Economic Security Task Force of the National Council of Women's Organizations and Social Security Matters. Other participants included Ashley Carson, from the Voice of Midlife and Older Women; Monique Morrissey, from the Economic Policy Institute; and Maria Freese, from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Terry O'Neill from the National Organization for Women will moderate.

Watch the C-SPAN coverage here.

July 29, 2010

Dean Baker to Deliver Keynote Address at JOBS NOW Coalition Meeting

5:30 - 7:30 pm
The Minnesota Nurses Association
345 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker spoke at the JOBS NOW Annual Meeting at the Minnesota Nurses Association headquarters in St. Paul. Minnesota's JOBS NOW Coalition has seen recent victories in establishing family-supporting wages and benefits in the Minnesota Nurses Association's settlement with Twin Cities hospitals. And there has been a public outcry against letting Minnesota restaurant servers' earnings drop any further below a family-supporting wage than they already are. Baker talked about his epic struggle with the economics profession. He has dedicated his career to breaking down the barriers to understanding the economy and how it works. Or, more precisely, how it doesn't work. Best of all, he uses the tools of the profession to distinguish between reality-based economics and its academic counterpart.

June 23, 2010

"South of the Border" Screening at Silverdocs Film Festival

4:30 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD, 20910

There's a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn't know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Néstor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raúl Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.

June 23, 2010

Dean Baker Discussing, Signing Copies of Taking Economics Seriously

7 - 8 pm
Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker discussed and signed copies of his latest book, Taking Economics Seriously at Politics and Prose. In the book, Baker argues that the free market is a myth, given corporate interests in government interventions. Recognizing who really benefits from regulations would allow for innovative approaches, and among his recommendations is applying marginal cost pricing to health care.

Update: Video is now available.

June 23, 2010

"South of the Border" Press Conference with Oliver Stone, Mark Weisbrot and Tariq Ali

12:00 pm
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

Oliver Stone, the award-winning film director of movies including "JFK" and "Platoon," spoke at a press conference on June 23, 2010. Stone, whose latest film is "South of the Border," talked about the movie, making it and the political issues it addresses. The movie, which was released in June, examines Latin American political leaders. Stone and his crew filmed South American leaders including Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Argentina's Cristina Kirchner for the film highlighting leftward-shifting politics among Latin American leaders. Stone answered questions along with Tariq Ali and Mark Weisbrot, who worked the film's screenplay.

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.
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