[act-ma] 11/10 Forum on the Financial Crisis of 2007-2008: Critical Analyses (Worc)

Karen Slater slateraid at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 5 19:46:52 PST 2008

Forum on the Financial Crisis of 2007-2008: Critical Analyses

Sponsored by the International Studies Stream, Clark University
Free and Open to the Public

Where:	Johnson Auditorium, Sackler Science Center, Clark University,
950 Main Street, Worcester
When: 	Monday, November 10, 2008 at 7pm.

Robert Pollin: "Financial Crisis and Recession:  What is to be Done?"
Michael E. Stone:  "Housing Finance House of Cards"
Richard Peet:  "Inequality, Elites and the Causes of Financial Crisis"

Introduction to speakers by Amy Ickowitz, Assistant Professor,
Department of Economics, Clark University. Dr. Ickowitz received her
PhD in Economics from the University of California, Riverside in 2004.
Her Current Research and Teaching are Development Economics and
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. For the last few years,
she has been doing research on shifting cultivation and deforestation
in Tropical Africa. She has taught classes in Introductory Economics,
Labor Economics, Money and Banking, and undergraduate and graduate
Development Economics. She is currently teaching Development Economics
and Principles of Economics.

About the Speakers:

Robert Pollin is Professor of Economics and founding Co-director of
the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of
Massachusetts-Amherst.  His research centers on macroeconomics,
conditions for low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, the analysis
of financial markets, and the economics of building a clear-energy
economy in the U.S.  His books include A Measure of Fairness: The
Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the United States
(co-authored, 2008); An Employment-Targeted Economic Program for Kenya
(co-authored, 2008);  An Employment-Targeted Economic Program for
South Africa (co-authored, 2007);  Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic
Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity (2003); and The Living
Wage: Building A Fair Economy (co-authored 1998); and the edited
volumes Human Development in the Era of Globalization (co-edited
2006); Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy (co-edited,
1998); The Macroeconomics of Saving, Finance, and Investment (1997);
and Transforming the U.S. Financial System (co-edited 1993).   .  Most
recently, he co-authored "Job Opportunities for the Green Economy,"
(June 2008) and "Green Recovery," (September 2008), exploring the
broader economic benefits from large-scale investments to build a
clean-energy economy in the United States. He has worked with the
United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Economic
Commission on Africa on policies to promote to promote decent
employment expansion and poverty reduction in Latin America and more
recently, sub-Saharan Africa.  He has also worked with the Joint
Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and as a member of the Capital
Formation Subcouncil of the U.S. Competiveness Policy Council.

Michael Stone is Professor of Community Planning at the University of
Massachusetts at Boston. He holds a PhD from  Princeton University.
His research interests include: Community Planning, Community
Organizing, Housing, and Poverty and Living Standards. For more than
thirty years, Professor Stone has been involved in research, policy
analysis, program development, technical assistance, and advocacy on
housing, living standards and participatory planning.  He is the
author or co-author of over 40 articles, monographs, and research
reports including Shelter Poverty: New Ideas on Housing Affordability
and Situation Critical: Meeting the Housing Needs of Lower-Income
Massachusetts Residents, and Housing: Foundation for a New Social

Richard Peet is Professor of Geography at Clark University in
Worcester, Massahusetts, USA. He obtained his BSc (Econ) at the
London School of Economics, his MA from the University of British
Columbia, and his PhD at the University of California. His research
interests are in globalization, development, political ecology, social
theory and the philosophy of science. He was the Editor of the radical
geography journal, Antipode, from 1970 to 1985 and Co-Editor of
Economic Geography between 1992 and 1998. He has published 100
articles and numerous books including: Radical Geography (Maaroufa
Press, Chicago, 1977), Global Capitalism: Theories of Societal
Development (Routledge, London 1991), Modern Geographical Thought
(Blackwell, Oxford, 1998), (with Elaine Hartwick) Theories of
Development (New York: Guilford 1999 and 2009), (with Michael Watts)
Liberation Ecologies (London: Routledge 1996 and 2004), with 17 Clark
Students, Unholy Trinity: The IMF, World Bank and WTO (Zed Books, 2003
and 2009) and Geography of Power: Making Global Economic Policy
(London: Zed Books 2007). He is presently working on two edited books:
Global Political Ecology (with Michael Watts and Paul Robbins) and The
New Economic Policy in India (with Waquar Ahmed and Amitabh Kundu)

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