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Economics and Theology: A New Lecture Series Sponsored by the Institute for New Economic Thinking and Hosted by Union Theological Seminary
Improvising in the Void: Recreating an Economics That Serves Society

Tue, 14 May, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Economics and Theology Event


Due to tremendous interest in this event, registration is now closed.

A conversation with Robert Johnson and Union Professor Cornel West, moderated by Serene Jones.

The economic vision of a just and sustainable society is in tatters. Ecological, financial, and social crises beckon thinkers from many realms to step forward and envision new ways of organizing society that we can aspire to, along with the means to achieve these visions. In this conversation, Institute for New Economic Thinking President Rob Johnson and Union Theological Seminary Professor Cornel West will explore the societal energy and process necessary to bring forward this transition. All of this will be excavated through the prism of the arts, particularly music, which Joseph Conrad called “the art of arts.”

Please note: This event is free and open to the public but registration is required to attend. Due to space limitations, there is no assigned or reserved seating. We strongly encourage registered attendees and their guests to arrive early so that we may manage our space more effectively. The doors will open 45 minutes before the start of the event.


 About the Participants 

Robert Johnson Robert Johnson is the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking as well as a Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Finance Project for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York. He is an international investor and consultant to investment funds on issues of portfolio strategy and formerly worked as a manager for “Soros Fund Management.”
Cornel West Cornel West is Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on his dear Brother, Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show. He is also co-host of the popular radio show “Smiley & West” heard on PRI around the country. The co-hosts have recently co-authored the book titled The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. The new book is a game-changing text on economic injustice in America

About the Institute for New Economic Thinking

The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) was created to broaden and accelerate the development of new economic thinking that can lead to solutions for the great challenges of the 21st century.  The havoc wrought by our recent global financial crisis has vividly demonstrated the deficiencies in our outdated current economic theories, and has shown the need for new economic thinking – right now.

INET is supporting this fundamental shift in economic thinking through research funding, community building, and spreading the word about the need for change. We are already are a global community of thousands of new economic thinkers, ranging from Nobel Prize winning economists to teachers and students who have emerged out from the shadows of prevailing economic thought, attracted by the promise of a free and open economic discourse.






Location: James Memorial Chapel
Union Theological Seminary
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New York, NY 10027
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