Andrew J. Polsky, professor of political science at Hunter College, sits down with Mark Blyth, author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, for a conversation about some of today’s most urgent economic policy questions. Calling austerity in the U.S., “a problem too big to fill,” Blyth, an economics professor at Brown University, makes a strong case for why the turn to austerity, the policy of reducing domestic wages and prices to restore competitiveness and balance the budget, hasn’t worked.
Gregorio Millett, the Vice President and Director of Public Policy for amFAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, talks about the use of epidemiology to create targeted public policy strategies that address the national HIV/AIDS epidemic. A widely recognized researcher, Mr. Millett has worked at the highest levels of federal HIV policy, including several years as a senior adviser in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, where he helped develop a diverse array of significant policy changes. He spoke recently at the CUNY Graduate Center.
City College political science professor Daniel DiSalvo tackles the contentious issue of public unions, pensions, and political influence in his new book, “Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences.”
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, April 6, 2015.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration, April 6, 2015.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Academic, Policy, Program, and Research, April 6, 2015.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs, April 6, 2015.
Executive Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees, April 06, 2015.
Filmmaker Ken Burns explains what drew him to the lives of Franklin, Eleanor and Theodore Roosevelt, and why their stories are so relevant today. “We found that they were so contemporary. They speak to the central questions of our time,” including notions of human rights, fairness and public service. Burns was joined by Geoffrey Ward, co-creator of the acclaimed PBS seven-part documentary, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”
Dr. Mary Bassett, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, talks about her efforts to transform public policy through the pursuit of health equity strategies. For more than 30 years, Dr. Bassett has dedicated her career to advancing health equity, both domestically and across the globe. She spent 17 years in Zimbabwe working to develop a range of AIDS prevention interventions. As Deputy Health Commissioner she directed initiatives such as the bans on smoking and trans fats in restaurants. Since she became commissioner a year ago, Dr. Bassett has emphasized policies aimed at reducing health disparities through targeting neighborhoods with the highest needs and collaborating with community groups and agencies across the city. She spoke recently at the CUNY Graduate Center.