The Modern Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Movement

Date:  Sunday, September 27, 2009
Speaker:  C
athy Martinez

 Cathy Martinez, MSW, LCSW and currently Director of the LGBT Resource Center has spent over ten years in the field of social work. She received both her B.S. and M.S.W. from the University of Utah. In addition to her position at the LGBT Resource Center she has a limited private practice where she specializes in LGBTQ issues. When not at work, she enjoys traveling with her partner and their son, biking, hiking, running and home improvement projects.

“Everyone…regardless of their color, ethnicity, religion, SES, education, or sexual orientation…deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. During my presentation, I will go over the terminology currently used by and for the LGBT community, describe the modern LGBT movement and report on the status of the LGBT community in Salt Lake City.”

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Is the Global Economy Out of the Woods Yet? If Not Why Not?

Date:  Sunday, September 13, 2009
Speaker:  Korkut Erturk

Korkut Erturk is a professor of economics at the University of Utah where he was tenured in 1999 and acted as department chair from 2002 to 2008. He holds a Bachelor Degree from New York University and a PhD from the New School for Social Research, both in economics. He has been a consultant to various UN agencies over the years and the author of numerous articles in academic journals.

“While reviving banks and stimulus spending are both important, neither addresses directly the main source of deflation, which is that the global trade imbalances are no longer being recycled effectively. The basic problem is not the trade imbalances per se, but the unsustainable way financial deregulation and neoliberal global order absorbed and recycled them. The speculative boom with all its sins has helped the US recycle these global trade imbalances for as long as that could last, but that can no longer be revived. Thus, it would be a mistake to try to go back to business as usual by shoring up the US capacity to borrow and continue to finance overspending by substituting the sovereign credit of the US government for private credit that is now in shambles. What needs to be done instead is to revive the recycling of global imbalances on sound footing, by using development finance rather than consumption booms as the target of credit expansion.”

References and Resources:
Korkut Erturk. “What is Driving Global Deflation and How Best to Fight It” Economic and Political Weekly Vol XLIV, No. 13. http://www.econ.utah.edu/~korkut/ErturkEPW.pdf
Korkut Erturk. “Decouple the World from the Dollar” Policy Innovations, A Web Publication of the Carnegie Council, April 9, 2009. http://www.policyinnovations.org/ideas/commentary/data/000119