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The Eurozone and the Americas: Debt and Democracy

Event Details

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 8:30am - Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 2:00pm

The LBJ School of Public Affairs - Bass Lecture Hall
2315 Red River St Bass Lecture Hall (Basement)
Austin, TX 78712

LBJ School to Host ‘The Eurozone and the Americas: Debt and Democracy’ in Austin November 2 - 3, 2015 – A Conference to Draw International Political Leaders and Policy Experts

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 14, 2015 – The LBJ School of Public Affairs will host a two-day conference on the “The Eurozone and The Americas: Debt and Democracy” on November 2 and 3, 2015.  European and North and South American political leaders and policy experts will convene to share ideas and to debate policy options. 

This conference will provide an opportunity to assess the performance of Europe’s architecture since the meeting on “Can the Eurozone be Saved?” which was held at the LBJ School in 2013.  It will review the dramatic political and economic developments since then, particularly the rise of SYRIZA in Greece and the subsequent crisis in the policy framework of the Eurozone.

Featured participants in the conference include: Ska Keller, Vice President, Green Party, European Parliament; Grzegorz W. Kolodko, former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland; Damon Silvers, Policy Director, AFL-CIO; Pedro Páez, Superintendent, Market Power Control, Ecuador; Rui Tavares, Founder of LIVRE, Portugal; Jorge Uxó, Economist for Podemos, Spain

International experts on debt and development policy include: Sergio Chodos, Executive Director for Argentina, IMF; Kunibert Raffer, University of Vienna; Gaël Giraud, Chief Economist, French Development Bank; Andres Solimano, Oxford University and formerly, ECLAC

U.S. participants include: Stephanie Kelton, Chief Economist, US Senate Budget Minority; Phil Angelides, former Chair, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission; Damon Silvers, Policy Director of the AFL-CIO; Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic Policy Research.

The conference is sponsored by the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations; the Center for European Studies; the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; the LBJ School of Public Affairs; The France-UT Institute; and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin; the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung Foundation of Düsseldorf; the Institute for New Economic Thinking; the Institut Veblen of Paris; and the European Economic and Social Commission.

Conference Agenda

Monday, November 2

8:00 AM- Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM- Welcome

  • Robert Wilson, Interim Dean, and J.J. "Jake" Pickle Regents Chair in Public Affairs, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Douglas Biow, Professor and Director, Center for European Studies, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin
  • James Galbraith, Professor and Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government and Business Relations, The University of Texas at Austin

9:00 - 10:30 AM- "The State of Europe"

  • Chair: Will Inboden, Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Opening Keynote: Ska Keller, Vice President Green Party, European Parliament
  • Panelists: Philippe Legrain, Former Adviser, European Commission; Carmelo Cedrone, Vice President, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Andrew Watt, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung Foundation, Gilles Raveaud, University of Paris

10:30 - 10:45 AM- Morning session break

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM- "Up from the South: New Models and New Directions"

  • Chair: Karen Engle, Professor, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law
  • PanelistsRui Tavares, Founder, LIVRE;  Gaël Giraud, Chief Economist, French Development Bank; Jorge Uxó, University of Castille and PODEMOS; Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic Policy Research; Mario Lopez-Roldan, Special Assistant to the SG, OECD; Pedro Páez, Superintendent, Market Power Control, Ecuador

12:30 PM- Lunch (Lunch lecture sessions will be held in the lobby of the LBJ School. All other panel sessions will be held in the Bass Lecture Hall on the B-level of the LBJ School.)

  • Welcome: Randy Diehl, Dean, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Keynote Address: Phil Angelides, Former Chair, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

2:00 - 2:30 PM- "The Control of Finance"

  • Chair: Kate Weaver, Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
  • PanelistsWilliam K. Black, University of Minnesota; Phil Angelides, Former Chair, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission; Tom Ferguson, Institute for New Economic Thinking; Philippe Legrain, Former Adviser, European Commission; Olivier Giovannoni, Assistant Professor of Economics, Bard College

3:00 - 3:45 PM- Afternoon session break

3:45 - 5:15 PM- "The Challenge of Austerity"

  • Chair: David Kendrick, Department of Economics, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Panelists: Andres Solimano, Oxford University, formerly ECLAC; Stephanie Kelton, Chief Economist, Senate Budget Committee Minority; Antonio Lettieri, LUISS and Insight; Clara Elisabetta Mattei, INET Young Scholars Initiative and Columbia University

 

Tuesday, November 3

8:00 AM- Continental breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 AM- "Dealing With Debt"

  • Chair: Rebecca Christie, Bloomberg News
  • PanelistsKunibert Raffer, University of Vienna; Grzegorz W. Kolodko, former Deputy Prime Minister, Poland; Damon Silvers, Policy Director, AFL-CIO; Orsola Constantini, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET)

10:30 - 10:45 AM- Morning session break

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM- "What is the Future of Europe?"

  • Chair: James Galbraith, Professor and Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government and Business Relations, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Panelists: Grzegorz W. Kolodko, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Poland; Ska Keller, Vice President Green Party, European Parliament; Stephanie Kelton, Chief Economist, Senate Budget Minority; Jorge Uxó, University of Castille and PODEMOS; Rui Tavares, Founder, LIVRE; Sergio Chodos, International Monetary Fund

12:30 - 2:00 PM- Lunch (Lunch lecture sessions will be held in the lobby of the LBJ School. All other panel sessions will be held in the Bass Lecture Hall on the B-level of the LBJ School.)

  • Introduction: James Galbraith, Professor and Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government and Business Relations, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Closing Keynote Address: Pedro Páez, Superintendent, Market Power Control, Ecuador

Conference Adjourned 

More Information

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register for the conference please visit: http://eurozone2015.eventbrite.com/.

This event will take place in the Bass Lecture Hall located at the LBJ School of Public Affairs on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Self-pay parking is available on a first come, first-served basis in Manor Garage, located at 2017 Robert Dedman Drive, just a short walk from the Sid Richardson Hall.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend this event, please contact Eileen Dunn at eileen.dunn@austin.utexas.edu no later than five (5) business days prior to the event start.

For more information visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-eurozone-and-the-americas-debt-and-democ....