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This event last occurred Nov. 3, 2019
The challenge for our times is to get our economy to work for people and planet alike. The Green New Deal is not just a response to climate change by another name: it is a framework for enacting massive transformations in work, infrastructure, and political participation, and thus for re-envisioning what a flourishing life inhabitable future looks like.
This conference will bring together leading scholars to discuss the Green New Deal and its potential to both respond to the climate crisis and plot a path forward to a more just and fair nation. The keynote address will be delivered by former president of the American Sociological Association and CUNY Graduate Center Professor, Frances Fox Piven. The conference is organized by Craig Calhoun, University Professor of the Social Sciences, and Benjamin Fong, Honors Faculty Fellow in Barrett Honors College. The conference is sponsored by the Center for Work and Democracy.
The dire predictions of the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change point to the need for sweeping social transformations in order to avoid the mass suffering that global warming promises. Recently popularized by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Sunrise Movement, the Green New Deal offers a powerful framework for achieving rapid decarbonization through the creation of green infrastructure and a federal jobs program.
“The Green New Deal and the Future of Work in America” explores questions about the future of work in America through the lens of the Green New Deal, including:
This conference is the inaugural conference of the Center for Work and Democracy, which brings social scientific expertise to bear on the problem of rebuilding popular voice in an increasingly plutocratic polity. The core thesis of the Center is that the biggest problem that confronts efforts to realize democracy and economic justice is not a lack of policy ideas or an absence of support or resources, but the limitations of politics itself. The goal of the Center is to produce work that contributes to the understanding necessary to rebuild the politics of the majority while furthering a broader democratic renewal.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST
1-1:30pm: Opening Remarks
1:30-3:30 pm: Lessons from the Old New Deal
3:45-5:15 pm: A Planet to Win
5:30-7 pm: Keynote Address: Frances Fox Piven, CUNY
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND
10 am-12 pm: How do we achieve the political support and will to win a Green New Deal?
12-1:15 pm: Break for Lunch
1:15-3:45pm: What is a "just transition"?
3:45-4 pm: Break
4-6 pm: The broader political opening of the fight against climate change
All are welcome to join conference speakers at the Normal Restaurant at the Graduate Hotel for drinks and dinner immediately following the closing panel on Saturday (though we will not be paying for everyone).