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USBIG 6th Congress - Schedule 2007
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The Sixth Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network

Friday, February 23, 2007
8:30am – 9:00am: Morning Coffee
9:00am –10:40am: SESSION ONE
OPENING SPEAKERS
Michael Lewis, “Welcome and Introduction”
Annie Miller, “Basic Income, necessary but not sufficient: some women’s issues”
Dalton Conley, “From Guaranteed Income to Guaranteed Assets”
Moderator: Michael Lewis

10:40am – 11:00am: Coffee Break
11:00am – 12:30pm: SESSION TWO
THE ETHICS OF BIG
Almaz Zelleke, "Is 'The Plan' a Basic Income? An Assessment of Charles Murray's Proposal to Replace the Welfare State with an (Almost) Universal Grant"
Samuel Butler, “Migrants, Martians and Minimums”
Nicolaus Tideman, “Ethical Foundations for Differential Global, National, and Local Income Guarantees
Moderator: Eri Noguchi
12:30pm – 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm – 3:40pm: SESSION THREE
FINANCE AND THE BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE
David Wetzell, “A New Kind of Index Fund Designed to Determine the Holdings of a Public Mutual Fund that would Help Save Social Security
Richard Cook, "The Basic Income Guarantee and Monetary Reform: A Tale of Two Ideas"
Stephen Clark, “Transcendental Monetization: The Juarez Plan
Moderator: Steve Shafarman
3:40pm – 4:00pm: Coffee Break
4:00pm – 5:30pm: SESSION FOUR
FAMILY, CARE WORK, AND GENDER
Christine Todd, “Poverty Reduction and Welfare Provision for Single Parents in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and the United States
Michael Lewis, “Compensation for the Cost of Caring: Wages or a Basic Income
Laura Bambrick, “A BIG Response to Wollstonecraft’s Dilemma
Moderator: Al Sheahen
6:30pm – 8:000pm
Eastern Economic Journal Reception
All conference participants are invited to attend this reception and meet fellow members and the Association's officers. Cash bar and complimentary snacks.

Saturday, February 24, 2007
8:30am – 9:00am: Morning Coffee
9:00am – 12:30am: SESSION FIVE-SIX
THE POLITICS OF BASIC INCOME, PARTS I and II
Richard Caputo, “The Death Knoll of BIG or BIG by Stealth: A Preliminary Assessment of BIG Political Viability around the Globe
Nadine Schenk, “Political Constraints to Implementing a Basic Income Grant in South Africa
Ingrid Van Niekerk, “Universalism Promotes Development: Evidence from Southern Africa’s Social Transfers”
Al Sheahen, “The Rise and Fall of a Basic Income Guarantee bill in the U.S. Congress
Buford Farris, “Happy Workers, Welfare Queens and Surfers: Images in the Debate Around a Guaranteed Income
Steve Shafarman, “A Peaceful, Positive Revolution: The Campaign for a Basic Income”
Moderator: Michael Howard
(This session has a 20-minute break at 10:40.)
12:30pm – 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm – 3:40pm: SESSION SEVEN
ECONOMIC ISSUES OF BIG
Micheál Collins, “What Level? Insights into the selection of a Basic Income payment level using deprivation data and implicit poverty lines”
Sean Healy and Brigid Reynolds, “Making Tax Credits Refundable: A Pathway to Basic Income in Ireland?
Jeffery Smith, “Can a Citizens Dividend Replace Welfare?
Moderator: Kruti Dholakia
3:40pm – 4:00pm: Coffee Break
4:00pm – 5:30pm: SESSION EIGHT
ALTERNATIVE ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMS
Jim Bryan, “Wage Subsidies vs. the Basic Income Guarantee: Some Equity and Efficiency Considerations of two Approaches to Aid the Poor”
Michael Howard, “A NAFTA Dividend: A proposal for a guaranteed minimum income for North America”
Sabrina Quaraishi, “How Empowering Is Microcredit: A Look At Grameen Bank"
Moderator: Almaz Zelleke
5:45pm – 7:00pm: SESSION NINE
FEATURED SPEAKERS
Stanley Aronowitz, the City University of New York
Senator Eduardo Suplicy, Brazilian Federal Senate
Moderator: Ingrid Van Niekerk
7:00pm – 9:30pm: Reception at the Henry George School

Sunday, February 25, 2007
8:30am – 9:00am: Morning Coffee
9:00am – 10:40am: SESSION TEN
9:00am – 9:30am: A Basic Income for Disabled Working-Age adults in Canada
Andrew Mitchell
9:30am – 10:40am: A Debate: Income Guarantees vs. Job Guarantees
Phil Harvey vs. Karl Widerquist
Moderator: Jim Bryan 
10:40am – 11:00am: Coffee Break
11:00am – 12:30pm: SESSION ELEVEN
FEATURED SPEAKERS
Karl Widerquist, “Presentation of the Basic Income Studies Essay Award”
Fred Block, “Strategic Openings: How Can We Make Basic Income a Part of  the Progressive Agenda in the United States?”
William DiFazio
Moderator: Ingrid Van Niekerk 
12:30pm – 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm – 2:15pm: A TRIBUTE TO ROBERT HARRIS
Steve Shafarman, Almaz Zelleke, and Al Sheahen
2:15pm – 4:00pm
USBIG ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
Moderator, Karl Widerquist

Last Updated February 20, 2007