The collapse of the mortgage market. Deregulation and risk-taking in the financial sector. Widespread unemployment. Instability in the Eurozone. Government deficits and calls for austerity. Trade imbalances. Declining incomes. The 1% versus the 99%. Job creators versus job killing regulations.
The world faces the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. From Athens to Tokyo, from Washington to London, from Beijing to Johannesburg, the teetering economy has destabilized governments, hindered growth, and raised fundamental questions about the relationship of economics, public policy, individual freedom, and social responsibility.
Should governments adopt austerity programs or stimulate growth through greater public spending? Should the financial sector be more strictly regulated? What are the societal impacts of growing income inequality? How does the current economic crisis compare with past panics and macroeconomic transformations?
BANKRUPT: Lessons from the Detroit Fiscal Crisis (Gilles Duranton, Robert Inman, Jeremy Nowak, Thomas Sugrue, Susan Wachter) -- Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm, Irvine Hall, Amado Recital Room
Co-sponsored by the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR)
Local Histories, Global Formations: A Colloquium in Honor of Lynn Hollen Lees -- Friday, September 20, 2013 - 9:00am - 6:30pm, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
A Department of History Event, cosponsored by the SAS Office of the Dean, The Lauder Institute, and Penn SSPF
Who Should be an American? The Past and Future of Immigration Policy (Mai Ngai, Tamar Jacoby, Jennifer Rodriguez, Joseph Berger) -- Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm, NMAJH, 101 Independence Hall East
Co-sponsored and hosted by the National Museum of American Jewish History. Please pre-register for the event. It is free to all Penn Card holders, students from any institution, and members of the NMAJH or the National Constitution Center. (ID required at the door). For all others, the museum charges $8 admission.