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Levy LogoThe election may be over, but the economic crisis remains. Bard College at Simon’s Rock brings prominent economist and President of the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, and associate professor of economics and Levy Institute research scholar Rania Antonopoulos  to campus on Friday, November 19, 2008 at 5:00 pm for an economic panel discussion.  Moderated by economics faculty member Fatma Gül Ünal, panelists will offer expert insight into the financial crisis and the future of the economy.  The event takes place in the McConnell Theatre in the College’s Daniel Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

Dimitri Papadimitriou is president of the Levy Institute and executive vice president and Jerome Levy Professor of Economics at Bard College. He has testified on a number of occasions in hearings of Senate and House of Representatives Committees of the U.S. Congress, was vice-chairman of the Trade Deficit Review Commission of the U.S. Congress (2000–01) and was a member of the Competitiveness Policy Council's Subcouncil on Capital Allocation. Papadimitriou heads the Levy Institute's macroeconomic modeling team studying and simulating the U.S. and world economies. In addition, he has authored and coauthored studies relating to Federal Reserve policy, fiscal policy, employment growth, and Social Security reform.

Rania Antonopoulos specializes in gender and economics, as well as international competition and globalization. She has been a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and, since 2002, a principal investigator and coordinator of the GEM-IWG Knowledge Networking Program on Engendering Macroeconomics and International Economics. In 2007, Antonopoulos oversaw the launch of an interactive website as groundwork for the knowledge-sharing initiative Economists for Full Employment. EFE seeks to link and mobilize a global community of economists, academics, public policy advocates, and nongovernmental organizations, with the principal objective of placing job creation at the center of development and macroeconomic strategies. She more recently headed up a team of Levy Institute researchers studying the impact of public employment guarantee schemes (EGS).

Moderating the discussion is Simon’s Rock economics faculty member, Gul Ünal’s.  Ünal has received fellowships to participate in scholarly workshops on development economics, inequality, poverty, and gender. She is also a staff economist for Center for Popular Economics (CPE) at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has taught economic courses for non-profit organizations. Ünal has presented her research at many national and international conferences.