The Modest Proposal in N. America: First stop Austin, Texas

For the next fortnight, posting will be intermittent and a little sparse. This is because I shall be on the road, on a lecture tour that will begin in Austin, move to Toronto and end up in New York. For details, see here. For now, I shall leave Greece safe in the thought that our Prime Minister is on the verge of falling on his sword while our European leaders are scratching their heads, wondering what on earth they agreed to last week in Brussels. The only people having fun are the hedge fund managers (for reasons I shall delve in once on American soil). With all these thoughts in mind, perhaps there is no better time to leave Europe and head for America to debate our Modest Proposal for Resolving the Euro Crisis. Below I past the complete program of the University of Texas conference on the Modest Proposal, as organised kindly and with enthusiasm by Professor James K. Galbraith.

Crisis in the Eurozone

A Workshop of the EU Center of Excellence At  the LBJ School of Public Affairs The University of Texas at Austin

Thursday, November 3, 2011

8.00 Breakfast

8.30 Welcome Prof. Douglas Biow

8: 35 Introductory remarks from Maciej Pisarski, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Poland

8:45 Opening Remarks from Conference Organizer Prof. James Galbraith

9.00 – 10.30   The European System: Dream or Nightmare?

Chair: Professor Gary Freeman

  •       Bruno Amoroso, Roskilde University
  •       Terri Givens, The University of Texas at Austin
  •       Alain Parguez, University of Besancon

10.45 – 12.00   Why the Crisis in the Eurozone?

Chair: Professor Frank Gavin*

  •       Heiner Flassbeck, UNCTAD
  •       Robert Guttmann, Hofstra University and University of Paris
  •       Jan Toporowski, University of London
  •       Gilles Raveaud, Institute of European Studies, University of Paris

12.15 Lunch.  Cosponsored by the MGPS International Colloquium Speakers’ Series

Welcomes by Dean Randy Diehl and Dean Robert Hutchings

Speaker: Yanis Varoufakis, University of Athens, “The Modest Proposal”, introduced by James Galbraith

2.00 – 3.30.   Can the Modest Proposal Save Europe?

Chair: Professor Jeremi Suri

  •       Joerg Bibow, Skidmore College
  •       Zachary Karabell, Time Magazine
  •       Kunibert Raffer, University of Vienna
  •       Yanis Varoufakis, University of Athens

3.45 – 5.15   Eurobonds, the Green New Deal and other Euro-Solutions

Chair: Maciej Pisarski, DCM, Embassy of Poland.

  •       Marshall Auerback, Levy Economics Institute
  •       Olivier Giovannoni, Bard College
  •       Stuart Holland, University of Coimbra
  •       Thomas Palley, Economics for Democratic & Open Societies

Friday, November 4, 2011

8.30   Breakfast

9.00 – 10.30 If Europe Fails Chair: Professor Michael Brenner

  •       Steven Cohen, University of California, Berkeley
  •       Norman Birnbaum, Georgetown University Law Center
  •       Richard Parker, Harvard University
  •       Aurore Lalucq, Institut Veblen

10.45 – 12.15 Concluding Roundtable

Chair: Professor James Galbraith

Amoroso, Flassbeck, Holland, Parguez, Raffer, Toporowski, Varoufakis