[Marxism] (Fwd) Political economists gather in Brooklyn, 8 April

Patrick Bond pbond at mail.ngo.za
Sat Jan 28 22:24:06 MST 2017

      Union of Radical Political Economics Brooklyn Conference:

      Left-Wing Economics in a Right-Wing Political Climate

St. Francis College, Brooklyn NY, April 8, 2017

The Conference will bring together the theoretical perspectives of 
radical political economics and the organizational experiences of those 
engaged in struggle on the many crucial issues confronting us today.   
It will, we hope, contribute to the development of an agenda that can 
guide all of us in the difficult years ahead.


Each workshop will include presentations on both the contribution of 
radical political economics to an understanding of the issues, and the 
current political activity relating to these. Approximately half of the 
two-hour period will be available for contribution from workshop 
participants.  Each workshop will conclude with a collective summary of 
areas of agreement and disagreement and the nomination of one or two 
people to present this summary at the closing session of the conference. 
(URPE plans to record this final session and make it available on the 
URPE web-site.)

The following is a preliminary listing of possible workshops topics:

    /Trump’s fiscal policy (tax policy and infrastructure spending)/
    /Income distribution: wages vs. profits/
    /The Fight for $15 and other labor issues/
    /Workplace organization – unions today/
    /Immigration and global capitalism/
    /Community organization and cooperatives/
    /Health care after Obamacare/
    /Student debt and the state of higher education/
    /Households and the care economy/
    /Black Lives Matter
    Climate change and the environment

It is assumed that all workshops will recognize the class, gender, and 
racial/ethnic dimensions of issues.

All URPE members, friends of URPE, and those whose work (not limited to 
that in educational institutions) involves the development and 
presentation of radical political economic theory, are invited to 
contribute to the presentation of radical political economic theory.  
The conference organizers also ask for help in soliciting input to the 
workshops from the activists whose work provides us with direction for 
our collective struggle.

Please register your interest in this conference, including nominations 
(or self-nominations) for workshop participants with: urpe at urpe.org 
<mailto:urpe at urpe.org%7d>.   This will contribute to the organization of 
the conference and ensure that you will receive updates on conference 
plans as they develop.


Structure of Conference (estimated attendance: 100 – 150)

10  – 11                  Plenary (Two or three speakers addressing 
overall theme of conference)

11 – 1                     Workshops

1 – 2:15                 Lunch

2:15 – 4:15            Workshops

4:30 – 5:30            Closing session: reports from all workshops, with 
focus on where we go from here)

5:30 – 7                 Cocktail party

*Suggested Registration Fee*

Early registration: $30 per person; $15 for students.

Late registration (after March 18): $35  per person, $20 for students.

Note:  All participants may choose to pay more or less depending on 
their individual circumstances.  Registration fee includes cocktail 
party.  (Alcohol will be served only to those aged 21 or over.)

Since space for workshops is limited, participants will be asked to sign 
up for specific workshops – those who register early will be given 
preference when attendance reaches rooms’ full capacity.

Online registration is here. 

The registration form can be viewed and downloaded here. 

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