For the Public Good


Inaugural Panel

Michelle Fine, Nancy Holmstrom, David Wieman

Thursday, 10/13 5:30 PM

Event Oval, The Diana Center

Free and Open to the Public

This panel inaugurates a multi-year, interdisciplinary project to examine the “public good,” issues ranging from the environment and education to information media and public policy, the state of which cannot be left to the whims of the market or to one particular sector of society because they impact society as a whole. But how are we to discuss or define the “public good” when the recent global financial crisis has led to an economic regime that relies on free-trade policy and emphasizes, with often catastrophic results, the privatization of assets and services that were previously public? This series brings together scholars and activists from a range of disciplines to generate a thoughtful critique of the “public good,” and to suggest policies and directions that might best serve it. Speakers include Michelle Fine of The Graduate Center, CUNY (below), Nancy Holmstrom of Rutgers University and author of Not For Sale: In Defense of Public Goods, and David Weiman of the Economics Department at Barnard.