• Economic Growth and Social Justice – Promoting Common Welfare through Taxation
    Economic inequality is widespread. In a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January 2014, 65% of respondents thought that the gap between the rich and everyone else has increased over the past 10 years. In that time, the US Gross Domestic Product is estimated to have increased by $2.39 trillion. Is this prosperity shared in a fair manner? Based on a research paper by Professor Joseph Stiglitz, this seminar reviews the role of taxation in promoting the common welfare. Professor Stiglitz establishes some general principles of taxation and suggests practical reforms to encourage economic growth, create and sustain employment, raise incomes, and protect the environment. Many thanks to the Roosevelt Institute for permission to use their materials in this seminar. Free and open to all.

    "The Gallery" @ John Haynes Holmes House

    28 East 35th Street (btwn. Park and Madison) · New York, NY

  • Another Krugman event: "The Mystery of Austerity"
    I will be out of the country, so I hope you have fun at this without me. Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate in Economics, New York Times columnist, and a member of the CUNY Graduate Center faculty, will speak on The Mystery of Austerity 7 PM on Wednesday, September 17, in the Assembly Hall, Hunter College North Building. Doors open at 6:30. The North Building has entrances on both 68th and 69th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues in Manhattan. You can use the 68th Street Station of the No. 6 subway line. Free and open to the public: first come, first served. http://cunyufs.org/academy/TalkbyPaulKrugman.html

    Hunter College North Building

    Park Avenue, between 68th and 69th · New York, NY

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren and Paul Krugman in Conversation
    Update 2 I have changed the primary location to this one, thanks to the kind invite from Billy. Please rsvp to him if you want to make it there. For those who wish to gamble on standby tickets at the original venue, I will leave its info in the bottom of the description. Here is the info from Billy for the new venue. "If you cannot get in to CUNY Graduate Center, you are welcome, no cost or obligation to: Henry George School of Social Science will stream the webcast and host a discussion afterwards. Venue: NYC Seminar and Conference Center 71 West 23rd Street at 6th Avenue, Suite 515 NYC, NY, 10010 RSVP required to Billy Fitzgerald (http://www.meetup.com/economist/members/66187392/) at [masked]." --------------------- Update, its going to be streamed live. http://www.cuny.tv/WarrenKrugmanConversation (https://community.gc.cuny.edu/page.redir?target=http%3a%2f%2fwww.cuny.tv%2fWarrenKrugmanConversation&srcid=46527&srctid=1&erid=2244239&trid=17c112fb-1244-45cc-9c15-919cda0975d8) The tickets are gone, students and staff got first picks before they opened to the public. However, I would expect there to be a standby line for the truly enthusiastic. No promises though, just a heads up in case you want to give it a try. It is free, other than the waiting in line and hoping for the best. --------------------- Original venue info, I assume standby tickets will be available, but very hard to get. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Paul Krugman in ConversationProshansky AuditoriumThursday, September 4, 2014The Graduate Center, CUNY7:30 PM - 9:00 PMHow do the struggles the American middle class face affect our society and how will they affect our future? Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Paul Krugman, two of the leading thinkers on inequality, engage in a discussion of public policy, economics and the middle class. Warren and Krugman will address a range of topics, such as consumer safeguards, student loan refinancing, bankruptcy protection, banking controls, minimum wage reform and women's health care. The conversation will be moderated by Janet Gornick, professor of political science and sociology, and Director of the Luxembourg Income Study Center, The Graduate Center The Graduate Center, CUNY365 Fifth Ave (at 34th Street) , New York, NY https://community.gc.cuny.edu/senator_elizabeth_warren_and_paul_krugman_in_conversation

    NYC Seminar and Conference Center

    71 West 23rd Street at 6th Avenue · Suite 515, NY

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  • Affordable Housing and Community Development through Community Land Trusts
    Affordable housing units and other essential community facilities, such as hospitals, can be made available through the use of community land trusts. Local ownership and control of land through a not-for-profit corporation allows the land to be leased for the required purpose. Participation in a community land trust is open to all within a designated community. In this interactive seminar we will examine the structure and operation of a sample of the over 250 community land trusts in the United Sates, with special focus on New York State and New York City.

    "The Gallery" @ John Haynes Holmes House

    28 East 35th Street (btwn. Park and Madison) · New York, NY

  • People-Centered Economics – Understanding Your World
    Ever wonder why it is so difficult to get a job with good pay? Do education, housing and health care have to be so expensive? Why do we face such an uncertain future? We asked these questions too. Join us as we share our answers in this interactive class. We will explain why a fortunate few get wealthier while the vast majority struggle. Review our simple plan for an ethical and just sharing of wealth, fair rewards for work, and opportunity for all.

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  • The Lessons of History
    In their book The Lessons of History, Will and Ariel Durant write: “In progressive societies the concentration of wealth may reach a point where the strength of number in the many poor rivals the strength of ability in the few rich; then the unstable equilibrium generates a critical situation, which history has diversely met by legislation redistributing wealth or by revolution distributing poverty.” Tom Ballou reviews the book and evaluates its significance. Thanks to Ed Dodson of the HGS Philadelphia for the use of his material. Attendees will receive online access to a narrated book review and slide show for further study.

    "The Gallery" @ John Haynes Holmes House

    28 East 35th Street (btwn. Park and Madison) · New York, NY

  • Food and Energy Supplies and Prices – The Role of Water
    With 80% of California now under extreme drought conditions, consumers in the United States should anticipate sharp increases in the prices of fruits and vegetables. Water shortages in Brazil have lowered the supply of coffee and threaten electricity supplies. Kris Spizewski reviews the role of water in supporting our lifestyle, and questions the sustainability of that lifestyle. Kris Spizewski is a civil engineer, with degrees in municipal and industrial engineering, and civil infrastructure. Kris has designed and managed the construction of projects around the world including highways, bridges, hospitals, apartments, and commercial buildings. In addition to working for an international humanitarian organization, Kris has worked in both the public and private sectors of the economy.

    NYC Seminar & Conference Center

    71 West 23rd Street #515 · New York, NY

  • Botswana, Land of Diamonds, Land of Progress
    Africa, the world's second-largest continent and the second most populous, has achieved strong economic growth over the past decade. With abundant natural resources and a growing population, the continent faces a bright future but challenges remain. Tonight, Donna Akuamoah’s guest will be Dr. Pierre Celestin Ulimubenshi, who holds a doctorate in public international law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS) at University of Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Ulimubenshi will analyze Botswana, a major producer of diamonds, pioneer in renewable energy, rich in flora, fauna, and wildlife, with virtually no arable land.

    "The Gallery" @ John Haynes Holmes House

    28 East 35th Street (btwn. Park and Madison) · New York, NY

  • Housing, Rent Regulation, Predatory Equity and Property Tax Reform
    Rent regulations, such as stabilization and control, result in many apartments with below-market rents. Speculators often purchase these apartments with a view to increasing the rent roll. Join us as we explore the investment process, evaluate the consequences and consider alternative methods to make housing affordable for tenants and attractive for investors.

    NYC Seminar & Conference Center

    71 West 23rd Street Room 515 · New York, NY

  • People-Centered Economics – Understanding Your World
    Ever wonder why it is so difficult to get a job with good pay? Do education, housing and health care have to be so expensive? Why do we face such an uncertain future? We asked these questions too. Join us as we share our answers in this interactive class. We will explain why a fortunate few get wealthier while the vast majority struggle. Review our simple plan for an ethical and just sharing of wealth, fair rewards for work, and opportunity for all.

    "The Gallery" @ John Haynes Holmes House

    28 East 35th Street (btwn. Park and Madison) · New York, NY