Financial Futures:
Higher Education and Reparative Public Goods

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Friday, February 7, 2020

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View the livestreamed conference – filmed on February 7, 2020.

View the documentary – filmed on February 8, 2020.

Conference Highlights

Conference Program

10:00am – 10:20am  Welcome & Land Acknowledgement
Hannah Appel (UCLA)

10:20am – 10:40am  Opening Remarks
Members of the Debt Collective: Catrina Beverly, Sanders Fabares, Nathan Hornes, Pamela Hunt, Dawn Lueck, Makenzie Vasquez

10:45am – 11:45am  Opening Keynote – But Can We Afford It? Overcoming the Deficit Myth
Stephanie Kelton (Stony Brook University, Senior Economic Advisor Bernie 2020)
Q&A with audience, moderated by Ananya Roy (UCLA)

11:45am – 12:00pm  Break

12:00pm – 1:15pm  Remaking the Public University: Colonialism, Austerity, Other Futures
Wendy Brown (UC Berkeley), Rima Brusi (CUNY Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies), Dylan Rodríguez (UC Riverside)
Q&A with panelists, moderated by Michael Meranze (UCLA)

1:15pm – 2:00pm  Lunch

2:00pm – 3:15pm  Social Movements and the Fight for Reparative Public Goods
Nicolás Cruz (The Red Nation), Leigh Ann Naidoo (#FeesMustFall), Astra Taylor (Debt Collective)
Q&A with panelists, moderated by Andrew Ross (NYU)

3:15pm – 3:30pm  Break

3:30pm – 4:40pm  Closing Keynote – Race, Capitalism and the Neoliberal University: Reimagining Justice Out of Crisis
Barbara Ransby (University of Illinois at Chicago, Scholars for Social Justice)
Q&A with audience, moderated by Robin D.G. Kelley (UCLA)

4:45pm – 5:00pm  Closing Ceremony