9 am — Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 am — Program
As the nation anemically recovers from one of the most devastating economic crises in recent history, innovative thinkers are reimagining the formula for successful 21st-century economic policy. In an intimate conversation with Bob Herbert, Joseph E. Stiglitz explores theories of welfare economics and income and wealth distribution and considers how to ensure a more just and prosperous future.
Entrance to the film series is included with Museum Admission during New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6 – 8 pm). No advanced reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm. New-York Historical Society members receive priority.
Slowing growth, crushing debts, aging populations, anti-social behavior — what exactly is amiss with Western civilization? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, is that our institutions are degenerating and that to slow the degeneration of the West’s once dominant civilization will take heroic leadership and radical reform.
Niall Ferguson is a professor of history at Harvard University and the author of many books, including The Great Degeneration.
Since 1971, the U.S. dollar has not been convertible into anything except small change. Like every other modern currency, it derives its value from the perceived acumen of the government that prints it. But in this era of financial insecurity, is the soaring price of gold evidence that faith in this system has wilted? Experts debate the future of our monetary system: Should the United States return to the gold standard or should it carry on by printing dollars with each successive financial crisis?