Monday, June 6, 2022 – Friday, June 10, 2022
OSUN Economic Democracy Initiative
The Open Society University Network welcomes undergraduate applications for its summer workshop in Public Finance and Economic Policy. Organized and hosted by the OSUN Economic Democracy Initiative, this five-day workshop is for undergraduate students interested in public policy to tackle economic instability and insecurity, and in understanding the financing capacity and policy space available to governments to pursue these aims.
The workshop provides undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to learn about the latest research on modern money, public finance, and public policies that tackle economic instability and insecurity.
June 6-10, 2022
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA
All undergraduate students, regardless of whether they attend an OSUN institution or not, are welcome. Applicants from partner OSUN institutions are eligible for financial assistance and are especially encouraged to apply.
COVID and the climate crisis have taught us that governments must act decisively to tackle the most pressing challenges before us, and not leave solutions exclusively to private actors. These developments have led to a rethinking of the role of the state on a global scale. How shall we think about the policy options before different governments? What are their abilities to achieve them? What kind of real or financial constraints do they face? This workshop will provide students with a new framework for thinking about these questions and with concrete tools and techniques to explore these policy-relevant concerns.
Download: OSUN-EDI Summer Workshop Description.pdf
Monday, May 9, 2022
Henderson 106 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
In February 2022, Russia launched an unprovoked, genocidal attack against the Ukrainian people. This lecture will review the origins of the conflict, how the United States and our NATO allies are likely to respond and what possible outcomes are on the horizon.
Scott Licamele ’91 is a Russia expert with over 20 years of experience dealing in the former Soviet Union. He has worked in various Russia-related capacities, including capital markets (at Sberbank CIB, Troika Dialog, and Alfa Bank) and government-related activities (at an NGO in Russia which was funded by the United States Information Agency in the 1990s). Licamele has lived and worked in Russia and Ukraine for seven years and is fluent in Russian. He is a graduate of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he studied Russian political economy. He received his BA in European History at Bard College. Licamele is currently unaffiliated with any Russia-related business or political entities.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
EDI Research-to-Action Lecture Series
Online Event 10:30 am – 11:30 am EDT/GMT-4
Ben Baum is the Deputy Chief of Staff and Member Services Director for Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18). He has worked for the Congressman since 2017 when he was a junior at Bard College. During Ben’s time in Washington, he has served as a senior staffer on the Congressman’s campaigns and most recently as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
This Research-to-Action Lecture continues the EDI series on Bard College Alumni/ae taking important steps to shape contemporary policy conversations in the United States and beyond.
Thursday, March 31, 2022
The mutating virus of global inequality
Online Event 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Join us for our second Economic Democracy Keynote with scholar Jayati Ghosh, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Weis Cinema at Bard College (in-person)
Join virtually on our YouTube live stream: https://youtu.be/ObdWL7yohSc
Prof. Ghosh will discuss how global inequality has not just increased absolutely but changed in nature. The increase and changing nature of global inequality has come about not only because of vaccine inequity but also massive differences in fiscal responses across rich countries and others, greater informality of labor in the developing world, the unequal experience of climate change, and the implications of the international architecture. Ghosh will specifically address International Property Rights and global investment rules and patterns, and what we can do about it.
Jayati Ghosh taught economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for nearly 35 years. She is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. She has authored and/or edited 20 books and more than 200 scholarly articles. Recent books include “The making of a catastrophe: Covid-19 and the Indian economy”, Aleph Books forthcoming 2022; “When governments fail: Covid-19 and the economy”, Tulika Books and Columbia University Press 2021 (co-edited); “Women workers in the informal economy”, Routledge 2021 (edited); “Never Done and Poorly Paid: Women’s Work in Globalising India”, Women Unlimited, New Delhi 2009; co-edited “Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development, 2014; co-edited “After Crisis”, Tulika 2009; co-authored “Demonetisation Decoded”, Routledge 2017; She has published more than 200 scholarly articles. She has received several prizes, including for the 2015 Adisheshaiah Award for distinguished contributions to the social sciences in India; the International Labour Organisation’s Decent Work Research Prize for 2011; the NordSud Prize for Social Sciences 2010, Italy. She has advised governments in India and other countries, including as Chairperson of the Andhra Pradesh Commission on Farmers’ Welfare in 2004, and Member of the National Knowledge Commission of India (2005-09). She was the Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates (www.networkideas.org), an international network of heterodox development economists, from 2002 to 2021. She has consulted for international organisations including ILO, UNDP, UNCTAD, UN-DESA, UNRISD and UN Women and is member of several international boards and commissions, including the UN High Level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs, the Commission on Global Economic Transformation of INET, the International Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT). In 2021 she was appointed to the WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All, chaired by Mariana Mazzucato. She writes regularly for popular media like newspapers, journals and blogs.