EVENT: The Eurozone and the Americas: Debt and Democracy – a two-day conference hosted by the LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, with policy experts and political leaders from Europe and North and South America.
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School of Public Affairs, located on the basement level. Map and directions: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/contact/map
WHO MAY ATTEND: Free and open to the public. Registration is required: http://eurozone2015.eventbrite.com
PARKING: Self-pay parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in Manor Garage, located at 2017 Robert Dedman Drive, a short walk from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Note: Media will receive parking instructions upon confirming attendance. See Susan Binford’s contact information below.
BACKGROUND: This conference, which draws on the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ expertise in foreign policy, economics and national security, will provide an opportunity to assess the performance of Europe’s architecture since the “Can the Eurozone be Saved?” conference, which was held at the LBJ School in 2013. It will review the dramatic political and economic developments since then, particularly the rise of Syriza in Greece and the subsequent crisis in the policy framework of the Eurozone.
Featured participants in the conference include:
- Ska Keller, Vice President, Green Party, European Parliament;
- Grzegorz W. Kolodko, former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland;
- Damon Silvers, Policy Director, AFL-CIO;
- Pedro Páez, Superintendent, Market Power Control, Ecuador;
- Rui Tavares, Founder of LIVRE, Portugal;
- Jorge Uxó, Economist for Podemos, Spain.
International experts on debt and development policy include Sergio Chodos, executive director for Argentina, IMF; Kunibert Raffer, University of Vienna; Gaël Giraud, chief economist, French Development Bank; Andres Solimano, Oxford University and formerly, ECLAC.
U.S. participants include Stephanie Kelton, chief economist, U.S. Senate Budget Minority; Phil Angelides, former chair, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission; Damon Silvers, policy director of the AFL-CIO; Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic Policy Research.
University of Texas at Austin participants include: Robert Wilson, LBJ School interim dean; James Galbraith, professor and Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government and Business Relations; Douglas Biow, professor and director, Center for European Studies, College of Liberal Arts; William Inboden, executive director of the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft and associate professor, LBJ School; Karen Engle, professor, UT School of Law; Randy Diehl, dean, College of Liberal Arts, Kate Weaver, associate professor, LBJ School; and David Kendrick, professor, Department of Economics.