The Many Faces of Modern Liberalism: Big Government vs. Free Markets

OCT 02, 2018 | 6:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


C200: Proshansky Auditorium


October 02, 2018: 6:30 PM


Free; Reservations Required


Public Programs



An expert panel delves into the classic debate between laissez-faire and interventionism, as it plays out in our nation’s politics. What is the proper relationship between liberalism and free markets? And in a democracy, who decides what to prioritize? Featuring: Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate, New York Times columnist, and distinguished professor at the GC; Heather Boushey, executive director and chief economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth; and Richard Epstein, professor of law and director of the Classical Liberal Institute, NYU. Moderated by Ira Katznelson, professor of political science and history at Columbia University.

Please note: Barney Frank will no longer be able to participate in this event.

For information on The Many Faces of Liberalism, a one-day conference at The Graduate Center, please visit:
This event is the keynote of the two-part conference Liberalism and Democracy: Past, Present, Prospects. Presented with the Ph.D. Program in History and The New School.

NEW SERIES! The Promise and Perils of Democracy
Democracy is under threat. Around the world, we see the rise of anti-democratic movements, leaders, and policies. To address this crisis and explore possible solutions, The Graduate Center will dedicate two years of public programming and scholarship to understanding the present state and future of democracy. This fall, we present several events in this timely new series.