Center for Popular Economics 2008 Summer Institute

Starting Date: 07-27-2008
Ending Date: 08-02-2008

Chicago, Illinois
United States
CPE’s Summer Institute is a week-long intensive training in economics for activists, educators, and anyone who wants a better understanding of economics. We focus on the how the economic system impacts our lives, communities and work every day. Although activists from all over the world attend the Summer Institutes, classes and workshops are taught in English. No background in economics is required.

Core Classrooms At the heart of the Summer Institute program are two core courses, one on the U.S. Economy, one on the International Economy. All participants must choose one core course. The core classes meet each day in the mornings. Below is a sample of topics.

U.S. Economy
Race, Class and Gender
Labor and the workplace
Macroeconomics: fiscal & monetary policy
Introduction to international economics
Economics of Immigration & Migration
What’s the alternative?
International Economy
Brief history of the global economy
Development policies & neoliberalism
Globalization of Production
International Finance
Gender and globalization
What’s the alternative?

Afternoon and evening events: In addition to the core courses is a rich selection of plenaries, workshops, videos, discussion groups and cultural events. All of these events are open to participants of both classes. Plenaries and workshops are open to the public. Click here for a scedule of these public events.

Special Track: Economics of Immigration and Migration Each year we choose an issue area that we focus on in the workshops, panels as well as in the core classrooms. This year’s special track is on the Economics of Immigration & Migration and will explore questions such as:
What’s the relationship between corporate led globalization and migration?
What’s the impact of immigration on wages, jobs, state expenditures, healthcare
What’s the economic impact of border militarization
What’s the impact and potential of remittances to the home country
How are women impacted differently?

Who attends the Summer Institute? CPE’s Summer Institute draws a diverse group of participants from across the U.S. and around the world, with interests and expertise in a broad array of issues and organizing methods. On average, one-third of our participants are people of color, two-thirds are women, one-fifth are from countries other than the U.S., and ages range from 18-75. Together, they form a lively community in which participants learn as much from the rich interaction with one another as from Institute programs.

Fees: The fee for tuition for the week is $600. The fee for lodging in semi-suites at Roosevelt University is $300 for the week, including meals. A meal plan is available for those who are not staying on campus. If you feel that you cannot afford these fees, we strongly encourage you to apply for a scholarship. In past years around 80% of participants received scholarship assistance.

Scholarships: Our scholarships are based both on financial need and on the applicant’s commitment to activism. We are committed to making our programs financially accessible.

Location and Facilities: The 2008 Summer Institute will be held at Roosevelt University located in downtown Chicago
Geographical Scope: National

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