2015 Summer Institute Confronting Capitalism & Climate Crisis: Economics for Achieving Justice, Equity, and Sustainability

Introducing CPE’s 2015 Summer Institute…

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For full descriptions of events and speakers, please see our 2015 Program Booklet

We are excited to announce the return this year of our Summer Institute happening August 2-8th at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts!

Our Summer Institute is a residential, week long 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 support efforts to build a broad based, cross-issue movement for climate justice. Our participatory curriculum will allow you to benefit from the rich knowledge and experience of other participants. No background in economics is necessary!

Our ‘special track’ this year will focus on the double crisis in our economy and our environment.

The increasingly devastating social, economic, and health impacts of pollution and climate change are creating a heightened sense of urgency. Meanwhile the distribution of these impacts mirrors the distribution pattern well-known in capitalist systems- with the worst consequences falling on those who are already politically and economically marginalized, both on local and global levels.

There is increasing recognition that fundamental economic transformations will be needed to change course environmentally. At the same time, recent global economic crisis has prompted deep questioning about the dominant economic paradigm and a search for alternatives. This moment represents a potential for great change as activist organizations come together to build a broad-based and diverse movement for climate justice.

An analysis of the ways that current economic systems and policies contribute to climate change and its unequal impacts can help identify common ground and fight for a just, equitable, and sustainable transition. The institute will provide economic tools and analysis to inform and sharpen strategies – both short and long term – for transitioning away from the corporate-driven, growth-oriented, carbon-intensive economy, while simultaneously fighting for, and building, a more sustainable, democratic, and equitable economy.

The Summer Institute will include classroom sessions taught by CPE staff economists each morning, along with workshops, films, and plenary sessions in the afternoons and evening- with these evening events free and open to the public.

Core classrooms:

At the heart of the Summer Institute program are two core courses taught by CPE staff economists, which meet all morning each day. All participants must choose one core course.

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

Special track topics will be addressed throughout both the US and International Economy classrooms.

Additional US Economy topics include:

Roots of the economic and financial crisis, and solutions

Intersectional approaches to the economy with race, class, and gender

Economic histories: from personal to global

A political economy approach to understanding environmental crisis

Labor and working life in the age of neoliberalism and globalization

Critical approaches to understanding markets and social policies such as…

  • the care economy, speculation-driven housing markets, the corporatization of education, student debt, the military-industrial complex, policing and mass incarceration, and many more

Economic alternatives and building a new, just, and sustainable economy

Additional International Economy topics include:

Roots of the global economic and financial crisis and solutions

Brief history of the global economy

International trade, production and finance

Global trade and governance: The IMF, World Bank, and WTO

Building global justice in trade, production, finance, and the environment

Afternoon and evening events:

In addition to the core courses there will be afternoon workshops, films, and evening plenaries. These events are free and open to the public. Please check back as to see updates about workshops and evening panels.

Take a look at our preliminary schedule at-a-glance to see a basic outline of each day at the institute.

Tuition Costs and Scholarships:

The tuition fee for the Summer Institute is $900. This covers housing and meals for Sunday evening through Saturday morning, as well as materials. Limited scholarships to defray these tuition costs will be available on a rolling basis. The scholarship application can be found on our registration form. Non-residential rates are also available for local participants. We also plan to provide childcare and translation services to participants, if needed.

Registration Information:

Please click here to download our registration and scholarship request form.

[Formulario de inscripción – en español]

For scholarship applicants, a limited number of scholarships will be available on a rolling basis. Registration will close on June 29, 2015.

Please see the following for travel information for getting to Smith College.

Feel free to also RSVP to our Facebook event for the Summer Institute (not in lieu of registration).

For Organizations:

Please contact us for information about organizational rates and registration.

Organizations also interested in becoming an official partner organization for the Summer Institute, in order to develop content tailored to your organizational needs, should contact us for details.

Stay tuned for a schedule of classroom sessions, workshops, and public plenaries and events! Please email us at summerinstitute@populareconomics.org with any questions.

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