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Professor Robert Kuttner to discuss "Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?" at Boston Public Library

Robert Kuttner and the cover of his book "Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?"
Robert Kuttner, the Meyer and Ida Kirstein Visiting Professor in Social Planning and Administration at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, will discuss his new book "Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?" with Brandeis Provost Lisa Lynch and Boston Public Library President David Leonard. The event will take place on May 9 at 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Tickets are not required, but registration is encouraged via Eventbrite or Facebook.

Event Description:

Is economic populism really in the best interests of common citizens? In "Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?" Robert Kuttner explains how the political embrace of predatory global capitalism, by the mainstream right and the center-left, has benefited elites at the expense of ordinary citizens—and how this in turn has resulted in a massive backlash and a shift toward authoritarianism - from Poland to Turkey, Venezuela to the Philippines, with alarming gains even in Scandinavia, in addition to recent shifts in US policy

Robert Kuttner, cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect, is a former columnist for BusinessWeek, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe and author of eleven books. He holds the Meyer and Ida Kirstein Chair at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and lives in Boston.

Lisa Lynch is provost of Brandeis University. Previously, she served as interim president of Brandeis, dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and held faculty positions at Tufts, MIT, and OSU. Lynch has been the chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor; chair of the board of directors of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank; and president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Lynch has published on the impact of technology on the workplace, the determinants of youth unemployment, and the school-to-work transition.

This is Boston Public Library’s first installment of “The Public Conversation,” a series where BPL President David Leonard is in conversation with academics, writers, and intellectuals to discuss events and issues of the national collective conscience. The series is sponsored by Bank of America.

Categories: Events, Faculty
Date: April 26, 2018