14th Annual Conference: Agency, Prospering, Progress and the Working Class

Friday, November 18, 2016
Columbia University, New York, NY

Organized in collaboration with Common Good and the Roosevelt Institute, the Center's 14th annual conference -- "Agency, Prospering, Progress, and the Working Class" -- was held in Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs Building (IAB). The first goal of the conference was to begin to understand the frustration and disaffection voiced more and more loudly by lower middle class workers  in recent decades. The second goal was to attempt to determine what policies would help to remedy the symptoms and what policies would not appear to be helpful. The conference consisted of three sessions, a roundtable, a luncheon speech by Matthew Winkler, and a dinner speech by Daniel Rose. 

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  • Introductory Remarks: Edmund Phelps
  • Session 1: Agency and Values: Requisites for Innovation and Flourishing
    • Chair: Tryggvi Thor Herbertsson  
    • Speakers: Philip K. Howard, W. Bowman Cutter, Edmund Phelps, Raicho Bojilov, Gylfi Zoega, Saifedean Ammous, Richard Sennett
    • Discussants: Henry Kressel, Charles Kolb
  • Luncheon Speaker: Matthew Winkler 
  • Session 2: The Current State of Forces Obstructing or Promoting Broad Agency and Wide Flourishing 
    • Chair: W. Bowman Cutter
    • Speakers: Saskia Sassen, Alan Krueger, Simon Head, Malcolm Wiener, David Weil, David S. Rose, Katherine Cramer
  • Session 3: Opportunities for Broader Agency and Wider Flourishing 
    • Chair: Peter Jungen
    • Speaker: Ian Goldin
    • Discussant: Edmond Alphandery
  • Roundtable: 
    • Chair: Philip K. Howard
    • Speakers: Richard Robb, Robert K. Vischer, JD Vance 
  • Dinner Speaker: Daniel Rose
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