Economic Crisis and Globalization

We are excited to offer this new video podcast with the noted economist Dr. Rick Wolff. This 10-session lecture series is taught by Dr. Wolff, in the context of the same name graduate course, offered by the Graduate Program for International Affairs (GPIA) of the New School University in New York. Not only does Dr. Wolff challenge the conventional thinking of the crisis, he provides one of the central frames which links all of our projects: the role and influence of capital as a structuring force in our daily lives. The first podcast will be posted on Friday, April 11, 2009. Each new video will be posted every Friday for 10 weeks. We thank the New School's GPIA program for their support in this project.

We hope you find this lecture to be informative and helpful to initiate dialogues amongst your colleagues, friends, or your academic pursuits.  We are looking forward to hearing your comments, and ways in which you might help advance the effort of making the world a more just place.

Richard Wolff
Rick Wolff ( is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is also currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. He is the author of many books and scholarly articles, including (with Stephen Resnick) Class Theory and History: Capitalism and Communism in the U.S.S.R. (Routledge, 2002) and (with Stephen Resnick) New Departures in Marxian Theory (Routledge, 2006). You can view the documentary film of Rick Wolff's analysis of the current economic crisis, "Capitalism Hits the Fan". Twice a month he writes short topical analyses of current economic issues for the Monthly Review webzine.

Project Coordinator/Intern
This project is coordinated, filmed, and edited by our intern Maggie Owsley, an undergraduate student from Gallatin, New York University, in the Spring semester of 2009.

Lecture 1: April 11, 2009 Watch
Lecture 2: April 18, 2009 Watch
Lecture 3: April 25, 2009 Watch
Lecture 4: May 2, 2009 Watch
Lecture 5: May 9, 2009 Watch
Lecture 6: May 16, 2009 Watch

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Harriet Fraad is an psychotherapist-hypnotherapist in private practice in Manhattan. She is a founding mother of the Women’s Movement. Her forthcoming book, Home/Front is written with Professors Richard Wolff and Stephen Resnick . in a new edition edited by Graham Cussano. She publishes on issues of home, family, class and psychological pain.

Lecture 7: May 23, 2009 Watch
Lecture 8: May 30, 2009 Watch
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