Summer Institute 2017 – Building Global Solidarity in an Age of Division


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Summer Institute 2017 | July 30th – August 5th | Amherst College

An intensive residential training


  • How have the economic structures of global capitalism helped to shape our current moment?
  • How do the structures of global capitalism currently function?
  • How can we marshal our understanding into building dignified lives for all?


We’re living in a global moment of reactionary backlash: fear mongering about immigration, refugee crises, climate change denial, rising nationalism and conservative protectionism. These processes occur against the backdrop of increasing inequality, division, and conflict across the globe. At Summer Institute 2017, we’ll explore the economic structures that have shaped this moment, and how we can build alternative forms of global economic integration and solidarity.

Our Summer Institute is a residential, weeklong intensive training in economics for activists, educators, media makers, and anyone who wants a better understanding of how the economy works. This year’s special track will offer economic tools and analysis to understand neoliberalism; ‘free’ trade agreements; movements of money, people, and goods; economic and military imperialism; and global environmental injustice. We will also explore existing and proposed alternatives for fairer trade and migration systems and equitable solutions to climate change.

Our analysis takes us beyond harmful myths and tropes, from ‘they take our jobs,’ to the notion that jobs come at the expense of the environment, allowing us to build the broad-based solidarity this moment calls for.

Our participatory curriculum is led by staff economists from the Center for Popular Economics, and the format will allow you to benefit from the rich knowledge and experience of other participants. No background in economics is necessary!

Classroom sessions:

At the heart of the Summer Institute are daily classroom sessions taught by CPE staff economists. Classes are small (on average 15-20 participants), co-taught by two CPE economists, and meet for a total of 12 classroom sessions throughout the week.

The intensive and cumulative nature of these classroom sessions allows participants to delve deeply into the material, build community and learn from each other’s knowledge and experience. Participants come from across the U.S. and around the world with diverse interests and expertise and a wide range of educational backgrounds.

Participants have described these classroom sessions as “inspiring, intense, stimulating, and comprehensive.”

Workshops and plenaries:

In addition to the classroom sessions, there will also be afternoon workshops and evening plenaries that follow a more conventional ‘conference’ format. These events are free and open to the public and do not require registration.

Visit our Public Events page for the schedule of afternoon and evening programming.


The full cost of tuition is $900, which includes housings and meals. For those not requesting overnight accommodations, the cost is $700. Childcare and Spanish translation will also be available.

We have a strong commitment to providing financial assistance to help people attend the Summer Institute. We have a limited scholarship fund, and we rely heavily on the honest assessment of each participant’s financial situation. You may request scholarship assistance when you fill out a registration form. If you requested a scholarship we will be in contact with you to discuss scholarship availability on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for organizational rates!


Registration is now closed for the weeklong intensive training component of our Summer Institute.
Visit our Public Events page for the schedule of workshops and plenaries that are free and open to the public – these do not require registration..


  • Email summerinstitute (at) populareconomics (dot) org
  • Call 413-545-0743
  • Get regular updates on the institute by following us on Facebook and Twitter (@Center4PopEcon)



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Thank you to all our co-sponsoring organizations!  Massachusetts Jobs With Justice; Arise for Social Justice; Pioneer Valley Workers Center; Political Economy Research Institute, Grassroots International; UFCW Local 1459; Hampshire/ Franklin Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; US Solidarity Economy Network, New Economy Coalition; Center for Economic Democracy/ Ujima.