An Economic Bill of Rights for the 21st Century

Conference, Columbia University
Cornell University: Worker Institute: News: Economic Bill of Rights Conference
Monday, February 11, 2013

A conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Columbia University Seminar on Full Employment, Social Welfare & Equity

In 1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed an Economic Bill of Rights whose guarantees included employment at living wages, housing, medical care, education and old age security. This conference will consider FDR's proposal in light of subsequent history. Have any of those rights originally proposed been achieved? What are their interconnections? How does FDR's Bill of Rights need to be updated for the 21st Century? How can we secure these rights in the present political climate?

Event Details:

Date: Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM—4:30 PM (breakfast at 8:30 AM)
Location: Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr., Manhattan
Cost: $20 pre-registration; $25 at door (includes breakfast and lunch); $10 low-income, unemployed, students


The Honorable John Conyers (D-MI); David Woolner, Senior Fellow and Resident Hyde Park Historian, The Roosevelt Institute; Philip Harvey, Prof. of Law and Economics, Rutgers University; William Quigley, Prof. of Law, Loyola University; Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, Professor Emerita of Social Policy, Adelphi University; Sheila D. Collins, Professor Emerita of Political Science, William Paterson University; Helen Lachs Ginsburg, Professor Emerita of Economics, Brooklyn College, CUNY; Dean Baker, Co-Director Center for Economic and Policy Research; William Darity, Jr. , Professor of Public Policy, African and African-American Studies and Economics, Duke University; Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher, The Nation; Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary ; Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy, California Nurses' Association/National Nurses United; Chris Policano, Director of Communications, AFSCME; Peter Marcuse, Prof. Emeritus of Urban Planning, Columbia University.


Columbia University Seminar on Full Employment, Social Welfare & Equity, The Roosevelt Institute, The Nation, The National Jobs for All Coalition, Demos, Dollars & Sense, Workers Defense League, Modern Money Network, Greater NY Labor-Religion Coalition, The Worker Institute at Cornell

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