Occupation to Policy: The Political, Governmental and Economic Implications of Occupy Wall Street

The Journal of Global Affairs is pleased to present “Occupation to Policy,” a panel discussion that will approach the Occupy Wall Street movement from a political, governmental and economic perspective. Can OWS translate in policy change? Is OWS’s vision for the future reachable or unrealistic? How can we reconcile the varied positions on the movement, and the multiple meaning people have attached to it? Looking at education specifically, how is the United States government already reacting to the movement, and how can they do more? These and more questions will be addressed by this dynamic panel!

Panelists:

Peter Cunningham

Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach, United States Department of Education
A political appointee from the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Education, Peter Cunningham will discuss how the U.S. government is addressing the demands of students but will also speak more broadly as to how the federal government is responding and reacting to the movement.

Shankar Prasad 
Adjunct Associate Professor, Wagner School of Public Service
Professor Prasad research and teaching interests include immigration policy; intersections of race, religion and politics; the American Presidency; financial regulation; quantitative analysis; research design; and public policy. 

Peter Rajsingh 
Adjunct Professor, NYU CAS, Stern and Gallatin School of Individualized Study; Managing Member, Castellar Partners LLC
Professor Rajsingh’s interests include finance and social theory, corporate governance and business ethics. He has held many prominent positions in both the public and private sectors.

George Shulman
Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Professor Shulman’s interests include political thought and the role of narrative in politics and he has been following the Occupy Wall Street movement since its birth.

Moderator:
Lila Shapiro
Business Reporter, The Huffington Post
Lila Shapiro is a Business Reporter at the Huffington Post. She writes frequently about labor issues. More recently, she has been reporting primarily about Occupy Wall Street. She previously worked at Talking
Points Memo, editing TPMCafe. She lives in New York City.