DEBT Conference
Debt Conference

Conference Program
April 29 - May 1, 2010


Curricular Guide: speaker info, abstracts, suggested readings, representative publications


Thursday, April 29
Milwaukee Art Museum
700 Art Museum Drive

5:00 pm Welcome (and speaker registration)
     Chipstone Decorative Arts Galleries, lower level

6:15 pm Theaster Gates, Jr.
     Performance and lecture related to the exhibition, "To Speculate Darkly"
     Lubar Auditorium
     Co-sponsored by the Chipstone Foundation


Friday, April 30
Curtin 175
3243 N Downer Ave

12:30 pm Welcome, Dean Richard Meadows, Merry Wiesner-Hanks, and Peter Y. Paik

1:00 - 2:30 pm The Economics of Debt
     Richard D. Wolff, "Consumer Debt and the Economic Crisis"
     Elaine Lewinnek, "The Cost of the American Dream: Historic Perspective on the Housing Crisis"
     Joel Magnuson, "Looking Beyond the Recession"
     John S. Heywood (Economics, UWM), moderator

2:45 - 4:15 pm The Ecology of Debt
     Gerry Canavan, "Debt, Theft, Permaculture: Justice and Ecological Scale"
     Genese Sodikoff, "Lazarus Effects: The Spectral Ecology and Political Economy
          of Extinction Debt in Madagascar"
     Julianne Lutz Warren, "Placing Debt"
     Erica Bornstein (Anthropology, UWM), moderator

4:30 - 6:00 pm Keynote
     Michael A. Gillespie


Saturday, May 1
Hefter Conference Center
3271 N Lake Drive

10:30 am Coffee and continental breakfast

11:00 am - 12:30 pm The Ethics of Debt
     Eleanor Courtemanche, "Unintended Consequences from Dickens to Hayek"
     Kennan Ferguson, "Debt's Moral"
     Stephen Gardner, "How Debt Replaces Guilt: Social Order vs Sacred Order"
     William Bristow (Philosophy, UWM), moderator

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm The Demons of Debt
     Morris Berman, "Is Debt the New Karma? Why America Finally Fell Apart"
     Mary Poovey, "Demonizing Debt, Naturalizing Finance"
     Jason Puskar (English, UWM), moderator

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm The Futures of Debt
     Michael Tratner, "The Resurrection of an Economic God: Keynes Becomes Postmodern"
     Donald D. Hester, "China and the United States: The Bonds of Debt"
     Steven Shaviro, "The 'Bitter Necessity' of Debt: Neoliberal Finance and the Society of Control"
     Tracey Heatherington (Anthropology, UWM), moderator

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Closing Discussion


Map/Directions: Curtin Hall, Hefter Conference Center, Kenilworth Square Apartments

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