Alexander Hamilton Forum: “Do We Need a Green New Deal?”
On February 20, 2020, the Alexander Hamilton Forum, a newly inducted JMC partner program, will hold a debate on the need for a green New Deal. Robert Pollin, of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will argue for a green New Deal while Oren Cass, of the Manhattan Institute, will argue against one.
Thursday, February 20, 2020 • 4:30 PM
Sunderland Language Center, Dana Auditorium • Middlebury College
Robert Pollin is a Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is the author of several state-level “Green New Deals,” and the founder and President of PEAR (Pollin Energy and Retrofits), an Amherst, MA-based green energy company operating throughout the United States. His most recent books include Back to Full Employment (2012), Green Growth (2014), Global Green Growth (2015), and Greening the Global Economy (2015). He has worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and numerous non-governmental organizations in several countries on various aspects of building high-employment green economies. He is presently a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Commission project on Financialization, Economy, Society, and Sustainable Development (FESSUD). He was selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers for 2013.”
Oren Cass was most recently a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Before joining the Manhattan Institute, he held roles as the domestic policy director for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012, as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and as a management consultant in Bain & Company’s Boston and New Delhi offices. His research on the labor market addresses issues ranging from the social safety net and environmental regulation to trade and immigration to education and organized labor. He also writes extensively on the nature and implications of climate change and on the process of formulating and evaluating public policy. His work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, National Affairs, and National Review, and he regularly speaks at universities and testifies before Congress. His 2018 book, The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America, has been called “absolutely brilliant” by David Brooks of the New York Times. He earned a B.A. in political economy from Williams College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
The Alexander Hamilton Forum at Middlebury College aims to foster thoughtful engagement with the ideas that have informed the creation and development of the American polity. The Forum promotes the study of the American political thought and founding principles; their relationship to American institutions, statesmanship, public law, political economy, and grand strategy; and their place in the history of western political philosophy. It seeks to offer students an opportunity to think critically about the relevance of political and constitutional theory to a range of contemporary debates in American public life.
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