Historian and political economist Alperovitz to give three talks on IU visit

Historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz is coming to town, and Indiana University and Bloomington will make the most of his visit.

Gal Alperovitz

Gar Alperovitz

An author and activist who writes frequently for national news media and has been the subject of documentary films, Alperovitz will give three public talks Thursday and Friday:

The president of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives and the founder of the Democracy Collaborative, Alperovitz has been the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland for 15 years and was previously at Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; and the Brookings Institution.

An abstract for Alperovitz’s Themester lecture provides a sense of the range of his thinking:

What is the nature of a political economic system in which rising productivity accompanies stagnant (or even declining) wages, endemic and persistent poverty, looming ecological crises, and growing wealth inequality?  How can these outcomes be contested when the traditional engine of the progressive politics of redistribution — the labor union — is at a historic nadir? And what kind of system would we want instead? Political economist and historian Gar Alperovitz will explore these critical questions, sketching the outlines of a next system grounded in democratizing the economy and building off promising experiments in cooperative, community and public ownership.

Alperovitz is the author of books on the atomic bomb and atomic diplomacy and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, the New Republic, The Nation, The Atlantic and other publications and has been a guest on TV programs including “Meet the Press” and “The Charlie Rose Show.”

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