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Lectures & Conferences

Lecture: Behzad Yaghmaian on "The Great Migration: A People's Story of the New China"
Date: Nov 28, 2012
Dr. Yaghmaian is Professor of Political Economy at Ramapo College in New Jersey. He has a number of articles on globalization and Third World Studies in various academic journals. His books include Social Change in Iran: An Eyewitness Account of Dissent, Defiance, and Movements for RightsEmbracing the Infidel: Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West, and The Accidental Capitalist: A People's Story of the New China.

Lecture: Tim Koechlin on  "Inequality, Jobs, and the Crisis of U.S. Capitalism"
Date: May 2, 2012

Dr. Koechlin is the Director of the International Studies Program and a Senior Lecturer in International Studies and Urban studies at Vassar College. He has taught and written about a variety of subjects including globalization, inequality, international investment, NAFTA, urban economics, economic development, macroeconomic policy, and alternative economic theory. His research has been published in scholarly journals and book chapters, he has submitted testimony on trade policy to the US Congress and the New York State Legislature, and his opinion pieces have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Albany Times Union and the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Lecture: William Dudley on "The U.S. Economic Outlook--Where are We Headed?"
Date: May 19, 2011
Dr. Dudley
is the president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In that capacity, he serves as the vice chairman and a permanent member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the group responsible for formulating the nation's monetary policy. Previously, Mr. Dudley served as executive vice president of the Markets Group at the New York Fed, where he also managed the System Open Market Account for the FOMC. The Markets Group oversees domestic open market and foreign exchange trading operations and the provisions of account services to foreign central banks. 

Lecture: Marlene Kim on "The Economic Status of Racial Minorities: Parity or Unequal?"
Date: Nov. 5, 2010

Dr. Kim is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She specializes in labor economics, with a focus on race and gender discrimination and the working poor. She is editor of Race and Economic Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century as well as numerous scholarly articles in social science journals.

Lecture: John Perkins on "John Perkins on "Economic Crisis: the Hit Men Strike Home, What Next and How to Deal with It"
Date: April 22, 2010
John Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and The Secret History of the American Empire, discusses how our current economic crisis offers an opportunity for transformation and describes ways each of us can employ our individual passions and skills to prosper.

Lecture: Shirley Johnson-Lans on "Health Care Reform: The Difference between Economists' and Politicians' Views"
Date: Nov. 4, 2009

Dr. Johnson-Lans is Professor and Chair of Economics Department at Vassar College. Professor Johnson-Lans is an applied microeconomist and the author of number of articles and the book A Health Economics Primer.

Lecture: Fernándo Fernández on "Spain's economic integration into the European Union"
Date: March 24, 2009

Dr. Fernández is Professor of Economics and Rector at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, in Spain. He has published numerous papers in academic journals and writes weekly on economic issues. Dr. Fernández is also a private international consultant to the European Union, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has worked as the Chief Economist and Head of the Research Department at Santander Central Hispano, the largest Spanish bank and a leading bank in Latin America.

Lecture: Susan Feiner on "Standing Economics on its Head: A Feminist View of 'What is to be Done'"
Date: Oct. 13, 2008

Dr. Feiner is Professor of Economics and Director and Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Southern Maine. Professor Feiner has published numerous articles in professional journals. She makes the case for an explicitly feminist approach to economics. Going beyond critique, she argues that gender is relevant to all economic activities—production, distribution, and consumption.

Lecture: Thomas Palley on “Globalization and Outsourcing: What is Going on and How Should We Respond?”
Date: Feb. 22, 2007
Dr. Palley is the Director of Economics for Democratic and Open Societies Project. He was formerly the Chief Economist with the US–China Economic and Security Review Commission and the Director of the Globalization Reform Project at the Open Society Institute.

Lecture: Eduardo Porter on “Importing Workers: Illegal Immigration and the Policy Response in the United States”
Date: Nov. 29, 2006
Eduardo Porter is an economics reporter for the New York Times, presently based in New York City. Previously, Mr. Porter was a senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal, based in Los Angeles. In addition to these publications, since beginning his journalism career in 1990, Mr. Porter has reported from Tokyo, London and Sao Paulo. He has held positions at Notimex (the Mexican news agency) and América Economía (a Latin American business and economics magazine). In addition, he has written for The Economist Intelligence Unit, Mexico's Reforma and Argentina's Página 12.

Lecture: L. Randall Wray on "Those 'D' Words: Deficits, Debt, Deflation, and Depreciation," and Philip Arestis on "Does Financial Structure Matter?"
Date: April 22, 2004
L. Randall Wray is Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Senior Scholar at the Levy Economic Institute. Philip Arestis is the Director of Research at Cambridge Center for Economic and Public Policy, Cambridge University, UK, and Research Associate at the Levy Economics Institute.

Lecture: Hamid Dabashi on "Counter-Imagining the Empire: Iran and the Contemporary Middle East"
Date: Nov. 10, 2003

Dr. Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies, the chair of the Middles Eastern Languages and Cultures department at Columbia University.  He received a dual Ph.D. in sociology of culture and Islamic studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. His research interests include the comparative study of cultures, the Islamic intellectual history, and the social and intellectual history of Iran, both modern and medieval.

Lecture: James Orr on "Economic and Fiscal Impact of the WTC Attack"
Date: Nov. 14, 2002
James Orr is an Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Conference: "The Economic Outlook for Small Business in Mid-Hudson Valley 2001"
Date : Sept. 14, 2001
This conference is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Lecture: Darren Bush on "Antitrust and E-commerce"
Date: April 2, 2001
Darren Bush is a trial attorney at the Antitrust Division of the Transportation, Energy and Agriculture section of the U.S. Department of Justice. He holds a Ph.D. in economics and a J.D., both from the University of Utah. He has published a number of articles on law and economics issues.

Lecture: Edward N. Wolff on "The Stagnating Fortunes of the Middle Class"
Date: Nov. 9, 2000
Edward N. Wolff is a well-known scholar and Professor of Economics at the New York University. Professor Wolff's principal research areas are on productivity growth and the distribution of income and wealth. He has been the managing editor of the Review of Income and Wealth, and is in the boards of several other scholarly journals.

Conference: "The Economic Outlook of Mid-Hudson Valley 2000"
Date : June 9, 2000
This conference is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Lecture: Richard Ericson on "Economic Transition in Russia"
Date: November 1992
Richard Ericson is the Director of Harriman Institute at Columbia University. He is a former Fulbright-Hays Research fellow, Central Economic-Mathematical Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences.

Lecture: Steven Gold on "Reforming the State and Local Governments Relation: The Agenda for the 90s"
Date: April 29, 1991
Dr. Steven Gold is the Director of Nelson Rockefeller Institute of Government.

Lecture: William Vickery on "The Federal Deficit, Truth or Fiction"
Date: Nov. 5, 1990
William Vickery is Professor of Economics at Columbia University and President-elect of the American Economic Association; former Director of National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Economics Noble Laureate in 1996.