Saturday August 15, 2020 12:00 PM EST
We are living through a period of social, political, ecological, and economic unrest.
This conjuncture gives rise to both radical uncertainty and radical opportunity.
The intensification of distress calls for reflection, dialogue, and action. With this in mind, the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) offers a forum for people to engage in a dialogue about contemporary issues in order to build the progressive future we want. With this series of events we aim to provide space to:
- Strengthen connections
- Deepen understanding
- Build alliances
Our first discussion will explore how the pandemic has exacerbated the problems caused by capitalism and how capitalism has exacerbated problems caused by the pandemic. We examine the relationships between capitalism and COVID-19 in global historical context to better understand the pandemic and its impacts.
We invite you to join us for a forum on this issue. The session will begin with a brief panel presentation and Q&A followed by open discussion. The people presenting their thoughts on this topic are:
Professor at the University of the Western Cape School of Government starting in 2020, specialises in political economy, geopolitics, political ecology (resource extraction, energy, water and climate change), social mobilisation, state-society relations and public policy.
Assistant Professor at Miami University and Researcher in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. She specializes in feminist radical political economy and writes about women, work and stress; social determinants of health; racial disparities in health; and the profit motive in health systems. She will discuss the ways capitalism heightens the contradiction between a world shaped by the profit motive and the requirements of public health.
Associate Professor in Sociology at UMass-Amherst with research interests in time use, inequality and the welfare state. He is a member of the National Political Education Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and host of the podcast ‘Socialism in the time of Corona.’
The panel will be moderated by Sirisha Naidu, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The event will last 90-180 minutes. The first 45 minutes will be brief talks by our three presenters, after which we will have a Q&A among the presenters, moderator, and attendees. To ask a question or comment, please raise your hand using the zoom function, or chat to the host, who will call on 3 people at a time. Please be as brief as possible to allow for broad participation. After 90 minutes, the space will be open for free discussion among all attendees.
This event happened on Saturday, August 15th at 12pm EDT.