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Prospects for Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine

PERI, the Boston Review and Standing Together welcome Sally Abed, Noam Chomsky, Alon-lee Green, Congressman Jim McGovern and Dr. James Zogby, President of the Arab-American Institute, for a panel discussion on the prospects for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. This event will be moderated by Omar Dahi.

December 9, 5pm EST

How to Curate a Course: International Economics
Young Scholars Initiative Workshop: Early Career Days

PERI's Jayati Ghosh is one of several panel speakers during Institute for New Economic Thinking sponsored workshop.

November 19, 9:30am

Social Policy in an Unequal World:
Opening Keynote Address for Conference on "Social Policy in Africa 2021"

PERI's Jayati Ghosh presents the keynote address during the Social Policy in Africa Conference.

University of South Africa and Codesria, November 22, 2021

November 22

Book Launch Webinar:

How China Escaped Shock Therapy

Panel discussion on Isabella Weber's new book "How China Escaped Shock Therapy"

James K Galbraith, University of Texas Austin 
Branko Milanović, CUNY
R. Bin Wong, UCLA

HOST: Zhongjin Li, University of Missouri- Kansas City, PERI

THURSDAY, May 27 at 2pm (EDT)


Climate Crisis: Transitioning Away from a Carbon-Based Economy


Robert Pollin, PERI, UMass Amherst 
Samantha Gross, Brookings Institution
Jacopo Buongiorno, MIT

THURSDAY, APRIL 22 at 12:30pm (EDT)

The Annual Freedman Lecture is funded by Robert Rosen ’69 and Nancy Rosen ‘70 and is named for Ms. Rosen’s parents, Max and Ruth Freedman.



Book Launch/Panel Discussion Webinar:
Do Formalisation Policies Help Women Workers?

PERI's Jayati Ghosh moderates a discussion with eminent feminist economists on the book
“Informal Women Workers in the Global South.

Martha Chen, Professor, Harvard University, USA;
Diane Elson, Professor Emerita, University of Essex, UK;
Pasuk Phongpaichit, Professor Emerita, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. 

TUESDAY, APRIL 6 at 7:30am (EDT)
11.30am (GMT), 5.00pm (IST), 6.30pm (Thailand time)
Event will be recorded. Check back for link.

Zoom Webinar Link
(this link will work at the start of the webinar-see above for times):

Sponsored by PERI and IDEAs


JeannetteWebGreen New Deal: Prospects for a Low Carbon Future

During a live webcast, PERI's Robert Pollin offers tangible and realistic policy proposals that address the climate crisis and ensure a just transition from a predominantly fossil fuel based society to a net zero one.

Monday, March 8, 2:00pm EST (19:00 GMT)

Register here for webinar.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Oxford Climate Society.


Political Economy Workshop Series

Spring 2021

These online workshops are sponsored by the UMass Amherst Dept. of Economics

>> Click here to register and to learn more.


Nancy Folbre Book Launch Webinar

Join us for a live webinar as PERI's Nancy Folbre discusses her new book, Rise and Fall of Patriarchal Systems: An Intersectional Political Economy.

February, 4:00pm

Register here for webinar.

This event is co-sponsored by PERI and the UMass Amherst Economics Dept. Political Economy Workshop series.
It will be live and recorded on Zoom, Facebook and YouTube. 


JeannetteWebThe Just Transition in America's Zero Carbon Action Plan

PERI's Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim discuss their chapter (co-authored with Shouvik Chakraborty) in America's Zero Carbon Action Plan. They address how to achieve a just transition for fossil fuel workers while reaching zero-carbon emissions.

November 10, 3:00pm

Register for webinar

JeannetteWebEnvironmental Policy in Historical Perspective

PERI's Robert Pollin is featured in a panel discussion with Bill McKibben, Ashwin Ravikumar, Thea Riofrancos and Eve Vogel as part of UMass Amherst History Department's "Planet on a Precipice" series.

November 12, 6:00pm

This event will be live and recorded on Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.

Macroeconomic Policy in the Shadow of the Great Financial Crisis 
Insights from Four Recent Books


Friday, Dec. 6: 9:30am-1:00pm

LBJ Washington Center
Washington, DC 


Shouvik Chakraborty: Clean Energy Markets 
"Facing the Future: Historical Perspectives on a Green New Deal"

Tuesday, Dec. 3: 5:30pm

Integrated Learning Center Room S231
UMass Amherst


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James Boyce Book Talk:
"The Case for Carbon Dividends"
"Economics for the People & the Planet"

Thursday, November 21: 7:00pm

Amherst Books
8 Main St., Amherst, Mass.


Understanding the Climate Change-Security Nexus
Panel Discussion and Book Release

Anne Hendrixson: "Confronting Populationism: Challenging Scarcity Driven Narratives of Overpopulation"
Betsy Hartmann: The America Syndrome: Apocalypse, War and Our Call to Greatness
Michael Klare: All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon's Perspective on Climate Change
Moderated by Omar Dahi, Visiting Fellow, PERI

Tuesday, November 5: 4:30pm

Copies of Professor Klare and Hartmann's new books will be available for sale.
Reception to Follow
UMass Amherst
Gordon Hall, Third Floor Conference Room



Daniel Ellsberg Lecture, "The Dollar Auction, Unendable Wars and Gambling with Catastrophe"

Tuesday, October 29: 4:00pm

Reception immediately after the completion of Dr. Ellsberg's lecture
UMass Amherst
Gordon Hall, Third Floor Conference Room

Screening of The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Panel Discussion after the screening with Daniel Ellsberg and Gar Alperovitz

Monday, October 28: 5:30-9:00pm

Buffet dinner will be served in Gordon Hall atrium prior to screening
UMass Amherst
Gordon Hall, Third Floor Conference Room


Asian Political Economy Inaugural Conference

April 13-14

Co-hosted by PERI, UMass Amherst Economics Department, UMass Amherst, and the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET).

UMass Amherst
Gordon Hall, Third Floor Conference Room

Quantifying Care: International Perspectives and Policy Implications

Xiao-Yuan Dong, University of Winnepeg
Maria Floro, American University
Jooyeoun Suh, American Association of Retired Persons

March 29, 2:00pm

Sponsored by PERI Program on Gender and Care Work

UMass Amherst
Gordon Hall, Third Floor Conference Room

Energy Revolution: The Physics and Promise of Efficient Technology

Mara Prentiss, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, Harvard University

March 28, 4:00pm

UMass Amherst
Gordon Hall, Third Floor Conference Room

Do TRAP Laws Trap Women into Bad Jobs?

Kate Bahn, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Melissa Mahoney, University of North Carolina, Asheville

February 26, 4:00pm

Co-sponsored by UMass Amherst Economics Department Political Economy Workshop

UMass Amherst
Crotty Hall, Third Floor Conference Room


JeannetteWebMobilizing Economic Research to Address Socioeconomic and Racial Injustices

PERI's Jeannette Wicks-Lim is featured in panel discussion during symposium sponsored by Economic Policy Institute's Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy.

November 14, 12:30-4:30pm

Economic Policy Institute
Washington, DC


Thomas HannaBrown Bag Talk—"Our Common Wealth: The Return of Public Ownership to the United States"

Thomas Hanna, Research Director of the Democracy Collaborative in Washington, DC, discusses his new book.

November 16, 12:30-2:00pm

UMass Amherst
Gordon Hall, Third Floor Conference Room
RSVP to Nicole Dunham:

Time Poverty and the Poverty of Economics

Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

November 9, 3:00pm

Sponsored by PERI Program on Gender and Care Work

UMass Amherst
Gordon Hall, Third Floor Conference Room

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Film screening and post-film panel discussion with UMass faculty and student leaders

October 11, 4:00pm

UMass Amherst
Gordon Hall, Third Floor Conference Room


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arxism and Gender in the Twenty-First Century

Tithi Bhattacharya, Professor of South Asian History and Director of Global Studies at Purdue University

September 28, 12:30pm

UMass Amherst
Gordon Hall, Third Floor Conference Room

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William A. Darity, Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, Duke University

September 28, 2:00pm

UMass Amherst
Gordon Hall, Third Floor Conference Room

APPEAL Political Economy and the Law Workshop:
Connecting Ideas and Policies for Change

Cohosted and sponsored by PERI and APPEAL (Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law).

June 14-15
UMass Amherst


A Typology of Players: Between Instinctive and Contemplative

Ariel Rubinstein, Professor of Economics, University of Tel Aviv and New York University

March 26, 4:00pm
UMass Amherst


Climate Change Turns 30: Tribalism and Sustainability

Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy

Thursday, January 25, 4:00pm
UMass Amherst


PERI Speaker Series: The Right Wing Assault on American Democracy

Perry Anderson, Distinguished Professor, Department of History, UCLA; former editor of the New Left Review
Neo-Liberalism and Its Fall-Out

April 11, 4:00pm
UMass Amherst


William Spriggs, Professor of Economics, Howard University; Chief Economist, AFL-CIO
All of Us or None of Us: Inequality, Race, Class and the Crisis in Our "Democracy"

December 4, 4:00pm
UMass Amherst


Nancy MacLean, William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy, Duke University
Democracy in Chains

November 13, 4:30pm
UMass Amherst


Jennifer Taub, Professor, Vermont Law School
Reinventing Law and Economics

November 1, 4:00pm
UMass Amherst


Gordon Lafer, Professor, Labor Education & Research Center at University of Oregon
The One Percent Solution

October 16, 4:00pm
UMass Amherst


Carbon Pricing 101: Setting the Price and Allocating the Revenue

James Boyce, Professor, Economics Dept. and Director, Development, Peacebuilding and the Environment, UMass Amherst

November 2, 4:00pm
UMass Amherst


Invest in Minds Not Missiles: Resisting the Trillion-Dollar Nuclear Weapons Escalation

Jonathan King, Professor, Department of Biology, MIT

October 25, 4:00pm
UMass Amherst


Crotty Hall Celebration Conference:
"Political Economy at Crotty Hall: Ushering in the New, Remembering the Old"

A conference for Faculty, Students, Alumni, and Friends Of UMass Economics

April 28-29
UMass Amherst

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Noam Chomsky Delivers Crotty Hall Inaugural Lectures

"Prospects for Survival"

April 13, 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Mullins Center (click here for directions)
UMass Amherst
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC- Seating is first-come first serve. 

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Leontief Prize Ceremony and Lecture

PERI's James Boyce receives Leontief Prize and delivers lecture on "Economics, Equity, and the Environment."

March 28, 1:30 pm
Tufts University
Medford, MA

>> Download Boyce's speech





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