Wednesday, September 09, 2015, 7PMNewhouse Center, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public
"Whatever Happened to Europe? From Social Democratic Heartland to Heartless Creditors Paradise”
Whatever happened to social democratic Europe? Mark Blyth, professor of political economy at Brown University and author of the award-winning book Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea will answer this question in a public lecture. He will talk about how policies of austerity in the Eurozone, supported in many cases by parties of the left, are the wrong solutions to the economic problems of debt-ridden countries like Greece. He will talk about how the idea of austerity gained ground and where it is likely to lead.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015, 7PMNewhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public
"The Deep History of the North-South Dialogue: Neglected Southern Pioneers of International Development”
Eric Helleiner’s lecture will build on his recent book The Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods, which shows how those gathered at the famous 1944 meeting in New Hampshire to build the postwar financial system included many officials and analysts from poorer regions of the world. He will show how their innovative proposals anticipated more contemporary debates about how to reconcile the existing liberal global economic order with the development aspirations of emerging powers such as India, China, and Brazil.
Eric Helleiner is Faculty of Arts Chair in International Political Economy and Professor in the Department of Political Science of the University of Waterloo.