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Global Financial Crisis Explored

UCR Explores Global Financial Crisis

A Jan. 13 program at UC Riverside will address the meltdown of the global economy.

(January 7, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – What caused the on-going global financial crisis is the subject of a colloquium at UC Riverside on Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Financial Crises and Globalization,” sponsored by the UCR Program on Global Studies, will be held in College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Interdisciplinary Symposium Room 1113. The event is free and open to the public. Parking costs $6.

“These three eminent UC professors will analyze both the causes and the possible consequences of the current global meltdown by comparing it with earlier junctures in world history,” said Christopher Chase-Dunn, distinguished professor of sociology and director of the UCR Institute for Research on World-Systems.

Presiding over the colloquium are Chase-Dunn and Anil Deolalikar, associate dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and professor of economics. Speakers and their topics are:

• Mike Davis, UCR professor of creative writing, “Suburban Dustbowls?: The Crisis in Inland California.” Davis, the winner of a Macarthur Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Foundation award, is a prolific author whose interests span urban studies, the built environment, economic history and social movements. His best-known book, “City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles,” was named a best book in urban politics by the American Political Science Association and won the Isaac Deutscher Award from the London School of Economics.

• William I. Robinson, professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara, “Global Crisis and Alternative Futures.” As a scholar-activist Robinson attempts to link his academic work to struggles in the United States, in the Americas and around the world for social justice, popular empowerment, participatory democracy and people-centered development. His most recent book, “Latin America and Global Capitalism: A Critical Globalization Perspective,” was published in 2008.

• Gary Dymski, director of the University of California Center in Sacramento, “From Financial Exploitation to Global Economic Meltdown.” Dymski is on leave from UCR, where he is a professor of economics. His research focuses on money and banking, political economy and urban economics. He wrote “The Bank Merger Wave: The Economic Causes and Social Consequences of Financial Consolidation in the United States” and co-edited “Reimagining Growth: Toward a Renewal of Development Theory.”

Portions of the program will be available at

The colloquium is co-sponsored by the UCR Public Policy Initiative, the Department of Economics, the Labor Studies Program and the Institute for Research on World-Systems. The UCR Program on Global Studies is the local affiliate of the Institute on Global Cooperation and Conflict.

For information contact Christopher Chase-Dunn at or (951) 827-2062.

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