Richard Wolff to present “Capitalism Hits the Fan” Dec. 2

Economist Richard Wolff’s “Capitalism Hits the Fan” began as a lecture that grew into a book and documentary film. Wolff will present his nationally acclaimed analysis of the current economic crisis on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Gaige Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. (Wolff will also speak at Brown University at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2.)

Richard Wolff
Wolff will discuss the breakdown of U.S.-style capitalism, which he tracks back to the 1970s, and examine the underlying causes of today’s economic collapse. How bad it will be? How long it will last? What are its social effects? And what are the prospects for the US government's efforts to propel an economic recovery?

Wolff will also expose the ineffectiveness and ironies of proposed government bailouts to address the real causes of the crisis. He will outline an action agenda and engage in a dialogue with the audience.

“Capitalism” began as a lecture at UMass-Amherst in fall of 2008. The lecture evolved into a professionally produced DVD by the Media Education Foundation, and was further developed into a book published in October of 2009.

Wolff has authored or co-authored 10 books and over 50 scholarly articles and 75 popular articles.

His lecture at RIC was organized by J. Andrés Ramírez, an assistant professor in RIC’s Educational Studies Department. It is sponsored by the Rhode Island College Lecture Series.

For more information about Wolff’s RIC appearance, contact J. Andrés Ramírez at (401) 456-8573 or

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