URPE primarily organizes our own program at various economics conferences and leftst gatherings. Occasionally, we host our own conferences and encourage the organization of sessions from our membership.

The next URPE conference is:

URPE Brooklyn Conference

April 8, 2017

St. Francis College, Brooklyn NY

Left-Wing Economics in a Right- Wing Political Climate

The Conference will bring together the theoretical perspectives of radical political economics and the organizational experiences of those engaged in struggle on the many crucial issues confronting us today.   It will, we hope, contribute to the development of an agenda that can guide all of us in the difficult years ahead.

Dr. Michelle Holder, Asst. Prof of Econ., John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author: African American Men and the Labor Market during the Great Recession

Jose Chapa, Justice for Farmworkers Legislative Campaign Coordinator

Kumru Toktamis, Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute; Academics for Peace in Turkey


Each workshop will include presentations on both the contribution of radical political economics to an understanding of the issues, and the current political activity relating to these. Approximately half of the two-hour period will be available for contribution from workshop participants.  Each workshop will conclude with a collective summary of areas of agreement and disagreement and the nomination of one or two people to present this summary at the closing session of the conference. (URPE plans to record this final session and make it available on the URPE web-site.)

Macroeconomic Policy        

Organizing Workers               

Health Care                     

Community Organizing        

Student debt                       



Income distribution  


US foreign policy       





Suggested Registration Fee

Early registration: $30 per person; $15 for students.

Late registration (after March 18): $35  per person, $20 for students.

Note:  All participants may choose to pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances.  Registration fee includes cocktail party.  (Alcohol will be served only to those aged 21 or over.)

Since space for workshops is limited, participants will be asked to sign up for specific workshops – those who register early will be given preference when attendance reaches rooms’ full capacity.

Online registration payment is here. 


If you have volunteered as a facilitator, thank you! 

The task of facilitators is three-fold:

  • To provide an introduction to the topic of the workshop in the form of an overview either of relevant radical political economic theory (such as might be used at the start of a course) or of the work of those actively engaged in struggle on these issues and the challenges they face in confronting the misperceptions of the general public, and mobilizing them for action. (It is expected that each these presentations will take no more than 20 minutes.)
  • To organize a discussion among those attending each workshop in which everyone is expected to share their ideas. It should not be assumed that the facilitators have more “expertise” than others. At least one person should be assigned to take notes on the discussion.
  • To develop a comprehensive summary of the ideas presented at the workshop (including areas of both agreement and disagreement) that will be presented to the final plenary. While one person will generally be assigned the responsibility for this presentation, its content should be the result of a collective decision (probably in the last 15 minutes of the workshop), and as such be approved by the workshop as a whole.


The final plenary, at which these workshops will be presented will, of course, allow for discussion.  It will be followed by an informal “cocktail hour” to allow people to meet together informally and identify ways in which they can work together.