Economics Graduate Katherine Gabriele, Class of 2017, Delivers Graduation Speech

 

The following is the text of the graduation speech delivered by Economics Department graduate and new alum Katherine Gabriele to fellow graduates, faculty, families and supporters attending the 2017 graduation ceremony at the Mullins Center:

Fellow graduates, families, teachers, & supporters,

I am proud to stand before you today a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Economics Department. I would like to express gratitude to my family and all the wonderful professors of the Department

We graduate with a wide range of social scientific knowledge and the tools to build a fairer, more just, and more sustainable world. I hope that together we will not let this knowledge go to waste.

We enter a world of political turmoil. If you must be scared into action, let it scare you. If you must be inspired to act, let it inspire you. But we must act. Don’t let big business buy you as they have bought our politicians. Don’t trade your soul for material and social status. Stop co-signing the destruction of our planet. Our human compassion calls us to rise above a way of life dedicated to consumption and greed.

The time has come where radical economics must become popular economics. It is our responsibility to initiate the vital shift in consciousness needed to transform our economic system.

UMass Economics in the News

Arin Dube writes column in New York Times where he says recent study of the impact of raising the minimum wage in Seattle on the loss of jobs may not be accurate
By: sgilroy - July 25, 2017

Arindrajit Dube, economics, writes a column in The New York Times where he says a recent study of the impact of raising the minimum wage in Seattle from $11 per hour to $13 per hour on the loss of jobs that occurred may not be accurate. Dube says the results of the survey may be due to the difference between the economy in Seattle, with its technology boom and rapidly rising wages, and the rest of the state that has neither of those factors. In a related news story, Dube says more research is needed to determine whether the minimum wage increase in Seattle is set at the right level to protect jobs and raise incomes for low-wage workers. (Willamette Week [Ore.], 7/23/17; San Francisco Chronicle, 7/21/17; New York Times, 7/20/17)

James K. Boyce article “America Last” published on Institute for New Economic Thinking
By: sgilroy - June 14, 2017

James Boyce discusses how Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord sets the U.S. economy back.  Read more….

Gerald C. Friedman’s 2013 report for the Physicians for a National Health Program that calls for an expansion of Medicare to cover all Americans is cited by a columnist arguing against the current Republican health care bill
By: sgilroy - March 24, 2017

Gerald C. Friedman, economics, the author of a 2013 report for the Physicians for a National Health Program that calls for an expansion of Medicare to cover all Americans that would generate huge savings in health care costs, is cited by a columnist arguing against the current Republican health care bill before the U.S. House. (Idaho Statesman, 3/21/17)

Robert N. Pollin is interviewed about how proposed cuts to the federal budget suggested by the Trump administration will have a negative impact on efforts to deal with climate change
By: sgilroy - March 24, 2017

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in Economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is interviewed about how proposed cuts to the federal budget suggested by the administration of President Donald J. Trump will have a negative impact on efforts to deal with climate change. Pollin also says the proposed budget cuts will harm most of the non-defense parts of the federal government. (The Real News Network, 3/22/17)

UMass Amherst Economics Department formally opens Crotty Hall, first net-zero building on campus, at ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 22
By: sgilroy - March 24, 2017

The UMass Amherst department of economics formally opened Crotty Hall at a ceremony on March 22. The 16,800-square-foot academic building houses 35 offices and four conference rooms. Designed by architect Sigrid Miller Pollin of the architecture department and built with a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor, the building is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes and is the first net-zero building on campus. (Energy Manager Today, 3/24/17; News Office release)