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Summer Institute 2017 – Building Global Solidarity in an Age of Division

July 30, 2017 - August 5, 2017

Summer Institute 2017 | July 30th – August 5th | Amherst College

An intensive residential training


  • How have the economic structures of global capitalism helped to shape our current moment?
  • How do the structures of global capitalism currently function?
  • How can we marshal our understanding into building dignified lives for all?


We’re living in a global moment of reactionary backlash: fear mongering about immigration, refugee crises, climate change denial, rising nationalism and conservative protectionism. These processes occur against the backdrop of increasing inequality, division, and conflict across the globe. At Summer Institute 2017, we’ll explore the economic structures which have shaped this moment, and how we can build alternative forms of global economic integration and solidarity.

Our Summer Institute is a residential, week long intensive training in economics for activists, educators, media makers, and anyone who wants a better understanding of how the economy works. This year’s special track will offer economic tools and analysis to understand neoliberalism; ‘free’ trade agreements; movements of money, people, and goods; economic and military imperialism; and global environmental injustice. We will also explore existing and proposed alternatives for fairer trade and migration systems and equitable solutions to climate change.

Our analysis takes us beyond harmful myths and tropes, from ‘they take our jobs,’ to the notion that jobs come at the expense of the environment, allowing us to build the broad-based solidarity this moment calls for. Our participatory curriculum is led by staff economists from the Center for Popular Economics, and the format will allow you to benefit from the rich knowledge and experience of other participants. No background in economics is necessary!


The full cost of tuition is $900, which includes housings and meals. For those not requesting overnight accommodations, the cost is $700. Childcare and Spanish translation will also be available.

We have a strong commitment to providing financial assistance to help people attend the Summer Institute. We have a limited scholarship fund, and we rely heavily on the honest assessment of each participant’s financial situation. You may request scholarship assistance when you fill out a registration form.

If you requested a scholarship we will be in contact with you to discuss scholarship availability on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact us for organizational rates!


You may apply for the Summer Institute using this form.


  • Email summerinstitute (at) populareconomics (dot) org
  • Call 413-545-0743
  • Get regular updates on the institute by following us on Facebook and Twitter (@Center4PopEcon)



July 30, 2017
August 5, 2017
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Center for Popular Economics

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