October 3 Roundtable Discussion Led by Kevin Baker


The Unfinished Business of the New Deal 
A Roundtable Discussion led by Kevin Baker

Monday, October 3, 2022, 8:00 ET/5:00 PT


The New Deal transformed America, putting in place policies, programs, and massive building projects that endure to this day. From Social Security to bank deposit insurance and from the TVA to your local school and post office—all of these and more came into being during this period of spectacular growth and innovation. But what was left undone? Consider the Four Freedoms and FDR’s Economic Bill of Rights speech, and you begin to get a sense of the world the New Dealers envisioned and hoped to realize. This evening’s discussion will identify both the actual and aspirational gaps between what was done and what wasn’t—what has endured and what has fallen by the wayside—and suggest what progressives can do today to fulfill the New Deal’s promise and vision.


Kevin Baker
Speaker and moderator Kevin Baker is a novelist, historian, and journalist. He has recently completed a book on the history of New York City baseball and is currently completing a cultural and political history of the United States between the wars, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. He has written for many major periodicals and is a contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine.


Teresa Ghilarducci
As a labor economist, Teresa Ghilarducci has spent her career working to ensure retirement security for all American workers. She joined The New School for Social Research as a professor of economics in 2008 after teaching at Notre Dame for 25 years. At The New School, she also directs the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), which focuses on economic policy research and outreach.


Darrick Hamilton
Darrick Hamilton is a university professor, the Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy, and the founding director of the Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy at The New School. Considered one of the nation’s foremost scholars, economists and public intellectuals, Hamilton has been involved in crafting policy proposals, such as Baby Bonds and a Federal Job Guarantee, that have inspired legislative proposals at the federal, state and local levels. 


Philip Harvey
Philip Harvey is professor of law and economics at Rutgers Law School and counsel to the board of the National Jobs for All Network. He is an internationally recognized expert on the right to work promoted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and recognized as a fundamental human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He is the author of Securing the Right to Employment, along with several dozen scholarly articles on the subject. He was also the principal architect and drafter of legislation introduced in the 113th thru 115th Congress by Rep. John Conyers and in the 117th Congress by Rep. Frederika Wilson. 


Touré F. Reed
Touré F. Reed is a professor of 20th century U.S. and African American history and co-director of the African American studies program at Illinois State University. Reed’s research focuses on the impact of race and class ideologies on African American civil rights politics and U.S. public policy from the progressive era through the presidency of Barack Obama. He is the author of Not Alms But Opportunity: The Urban League and the Politics of Racial Uplift, 1910-1950, and Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism

Event details

Date: Mon. Oct 3rd, 2022

One comment on “October 3 Roundtable Discussion Led by Kevin Baker

  1. Paul Rowe

    I am interested in this project. I saw a possibly relevant mention of the “radical” youth of Obama in the New York Times today.

    If I cannot watch this discussion live, I hope it will be recorded and made available.

    Thank you,
    Paul Rowe Houston TX

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