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20th Annual Conference: Let’s Discuss Capitalism – And Society Too

September 18, 2023
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Faculty House

The Center on Capitalism and Society will hold its 20th annual conference, Let’s Discuss Capitalism – And Society Too, on Monday, September 18, 2023 at Columbia University's Faculty House.

Let’s Discuss Capitalism – and Society, Too refers to the extraordinary objections being raised against capitalism in America and several European nations. It refers also to extraordinary charges of sickness in American and some European societies. According to a recent Pew Research Center Survey, 39% of Americans have a “negative impression of capitalism” – notwithstanding the gains made by some groups. Is capitalism broken?

Capitalism and society are interconnected, of course. It may be difficult to have a healthy society without an effective economy. It would be unusual to have a bountiful economy without a society expressing its creativity.

Confirmed speakers will be: 

Morning speakers (schedule of sessions coming soon)

  • Andrzej Rapaczynski, Daniel G. Ross Professor of Law and Joseph Solomon Professor of Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning, Columbia University
  • Thomas Piketty, Professor at School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and at the Paris School of Economics
  • Richard Robb, Professor of Professional Practice in International Finance, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and CEO, Christofferson, Robb & Company
  • Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy at the Department of Political Economy, King’s College, London
  • Rahel Jaeggi, Professor of Practical Philosophy and director of the Center for Humanities and Social Change, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Leif Pagrotsky, politician and economist, former member of Swedish parliament
  • Agnes Callard (luncheon speaker), philosopher (Ancient Philosophy and Ethics) and Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago

Afternoon speakers (schedule of sessions coming soon)

  • Paul Romer, co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics and University Professor in Economics, New York University
  • Richard Sennett, Chair of the UN Habitat Urban Initiatives Group, Senior Fellow at the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University, and Visiting Professor of Urban Studies, MIT
  • Stefano Micossi, Advisor on strategy and policy, Assonime, Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, and former Director General of Industry, European Commission
  • Marc Schulz, Professor of Psychology on the Sue Kardas PhD 1971 Professorship and Director of Data Science, Bryn Mawr College; Associate Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development
  • Jim Heckman, co-recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics and The Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College, University of Chicago
  • Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Cambridge
  • Joseph Stiglitz (dinner speaker), co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics and University Professor, Columbia University

RSVP details will be forthcoming. For more information, please contact [email protected]