The Ends of Freedom: Reclaiming America’s Lost Promise of Economic Rights

Virtual

SPEAKER: Mark Paul

Since the Founding, Americans have debated the true meaning of freedom. For some, freedom meant the provision of life’s necessities, those basic conditions for the “pursuit of happiness.” For others, freedom meant the civil and political rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights and unfettered access to the marketplace—nothing more. Yet building meaningful freedom—freedom that […]

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On the University of Puerto Rico Debt Struggles and Resistance

Virtual

SPEAKER: Maria del Mar Rosa Rodriguez

https://youtu.be/tvPaLPAg_vE In 2016, PROMESA law was signed by President Obama to restructure Puerto Rico’s debt. A Federal Oversight Management Board (FOMB) of unelected Wall Street bankers was imposed to control all finances on the islands and renegotiate the debt. Austerity, privatization, hurricanes, earthquakes and a pandemic added to the Puerto Rican crisis. The University of […]

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The Alternative University: Lessons from Bolivarian Venezuela, reading & discussion

Virtual

SPEAKER: Mariya P Ivancheva

https://youtu.be/sQQm1_BdMl8 Based on extensive fieldwork in Venezuela, The Alternative University outlines the origins and day-to-day functioning of the colossal effort of late President Hugo Chávez’s government to create a university that challenged national and global higher education norms. The session will commence with reading from the book and outlining some of its main themes. It […]

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