Imagining Alternatives: Progressive Economics & Social Movements
The ARF Shant Student Association, Armenian Youth Federation and the All-Armenian Student Association will be hosting a one-day conference on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Mosher Auditorium at Occidental College. "Imagining Alternatives: Progressive Economics & Social Movements" will bring together academics, activists, and professionals in a conversation about social movements and changing economies.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Professor Richard Wolff. Wolff is a Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Visiting Professor at the New School University in New York. Wolff's recent work has concentrated on analyzing the causes and alternative solutions to the global economic crisis. His groundbreaking book Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism inspired the creation of Democracy at Work, a nonprofit organization dedicated to showing how and why to make democratic workplaces real. Wolff is also the author of Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism and Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. He hosts the weekly hour-long radio program "Economic Update," which is syndicated on public radio stations nationwide, and he writes regularly for The Guardian and Truthout.org. Wolff appears frequently on television and radio to discuss his work, with recent guest spots including "Real Time with Bill Maher," "Moyers & Company," "Charlie Rose," "Up with Chris Hayes," and "Democracy Now!." He is also a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities across the country.
In the post-World War II hegemonic world, the spread of neoliberalism has transformed economies, polities, and societies everywhere. As neoliberalism evolves, it becomes much more politically practical. The contemporary market-driven economy, powered by neoliberal ideology, has posed a direct challenge to social welfare programs, unions, and full and fair employment. In this context, it becomes a primary need to seek out available alternatives.
The collapse of the Soviet Union provoked a profound rethinking of socialisms, old and new. The global crisis of capitalism since 2008 confronts it with deep questions and growing challenges. A new contest between capitalism and socialism is emerging in the 21st century. It differs from the old contest of the 20th century as new social movements interact with fast-changing economies. Global and local politics shift sharply everywhere. What does it mean; where is it going?
The conference will begin at 11:00 am and will run until 4:00 pm. Please visit www.aappconference.brownpapertickets.com for more information.
Occidental College- Mosher Auditorium (View)
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041