Event Recordings

Event Recordings

2020 Event Recordings 

 

November 2020 

11/12/20, Public Policy Lunch Meeting, Speakers: Peter Kastor, History Department Chair and Professor of History and American Culture Studies at Washington University spoke on the history of presidential transition; Steve Fazzari, Weidenbaum Center Director, Bert A. and Jeanette L. Lynch Distinguished Professor of Economics, and Professor of Sociology provided a post-election economic update; and Ronald Levin, William R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor of Law at Wasnington University spoke on the legal issues surrouding the election and the affordable care act supreme court case. 

11/9/20, The 2020 Elections and the Next Turn in American Governance, Public Policy talk by Steven S. Smith, Former Weidenbaum Center Director; Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science; and Weidenbaum Center Faculty Research Fellow.  Professor Steven S. Smith from Washington University's Department of Political Science and the American Democracy Lab, reviews the recent election outcomes, examines the effects of surging turnout, considers the errors in presidential race polls, and outlines the likely legislative agenda for the new Congress. 

October 2020 

10/21/20, Economic Issues Related to the Upcoming Election. The Center cosponsored this event with the St. Louis Economics, IHS Markit; St. Louis Gateway Chapter of the National Association for Business Economics; and Washington University's School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement, and the Assembly Series.  PanelistsWendy Edelberg, PhD from University of Chicago; director of the Hamilton Project and senior fellow in economic studies at the Brooking Institution, former chief economist of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, and former executive director of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, and former senior ecnomist for Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers.  Douglas Holtz-Eakin, PhD from Princeton University, President of the American Forum, former chief economist of George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, former director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, and chief economic policy advisor to the 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain  ModeratorSteve Fazzari, Director, Weidenbaum Center; Bert A. and Jeanette L. Lynch Distinguished Professor of Economics; and Professor of Sociology. 

10/6/20, Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court. The Center cosponsored this event with Washington University's School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Washington University Climate Change Program; Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement; and the Energy & Environmental Law Society.  Washington University Professor Maxine LipelesFounder and Former Director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, and Professor Richard LazarusHoward & Katherine Aible Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, discuss his book Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme CourtModeratorKaren Tokarz, Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Policy; Professor of African-American Studies, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program Director; and Civil Rights & Community Justice Clinic, Washington University 

September 2020 

9/21/20, Race, Sex, and Voting Rights: Past, Present, and Future. The Center cosponsored this event with Washington University's School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement; U.S. Arbitration & Mediation, and the American Constitution Society.  PanelistsGilda Daniels, University of Baltimore School of Law; Travis Crum and Elizabeth Katz, Washington University School of Law Professors  ModeratorKaren Tokarz, Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Policy; Professor of African-American Studies, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program Director; and Civil Rights & Community Justice Clinic, Washington University 

9/16/20, Thinking Hard about Government Debt, Public Policy Breakfast talk by Steve Fazzari, Weidenbaum Center Director; Presentation slides. Center Director Steven Fazzari summarizes his research and teaching about U.S. federal government debt by answering six "big questions." His analysis shows that there are limits to how much government debt the U.S. economy should accumulate. But most "common sense" arguments about  the dangers of federal government debt in a country like the U.S. are misleading because people confuse worries about private indebtedness with very different circumstances of federal government debt in a county that controls its own currency. Fazzari concludes that current levels of government debt present little concern and should not constrain desirable fiscal policy to address the Covid-19 econonmic crisis or provide support for needed national infrastructure. 

9/14/20, Constitution Day: U.S. Supreme Court Review/Preview. The Center cosponsored this event with Washington University's School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement; U.S. Arbitration & Mediation, and the American Constitution Society.  Panelists:  Adam Liptak, Journalist, New York Times; Susan AppletonLemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law, Washington University; Gregory Magarian, Thomas & Karole Professor of Law & Weidenbaum Center Faculty Research Fellow, Washington University  ModeratorKaren Tokarz, Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Policy; Professor of African-American Studies, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program Director; and Civil Rights & Community Justice Clinic, Washington University 

July 2020 

7/22/20Economic Fallout from the Global Pandemic: Why it's Different this Time   (program recording starts 5 minutes, 15 seconds into video) Drs. Langenfeld and Meyer discuss the remarkable economic events that have occurered since the outbreak of the Covid-19 public health crisis. The participants consider both macroeconomic and microeconomic perspectives. Moderator: Center Director Steven FazzariParticipantsJames Langenfeld: former Ph.D. student of Murray Weidenbaum and national expert on business competition and anti-trust law; Laurence Meyer: former professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Washington University and former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.