COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY’S “UNPAYABLE DEBT” WORKING GROUP RELEASES SECOND EDITION OF A DIGITAL RESOURCE TO THINK AND TEACH ABOUT PUERTO RICO AND LARGER CARIBBEAN’S FIVE-HUNDRED YEAR HISTORY WITH DEBT CRISIS
NEW YORK, October 10, 2018 – The “Unpayable Debt” working group at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference is pleased to announce the launch of #NoMoreDebt Caribbean Syllabus, Second Edition. The digital syllabus is the most comprehensive online teaching tool on the subject.
“There is an urgent need for in-depth resources on Caribbean debt. The Caribbean ranks among the most indebted regions in the world and this has devastating consequences,” says working group co-director Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University). “Our work also demonstrates that indebtedness is not simply the result of irresponsible people or governments. Rather, it is the consequence of a five centuries-long history of colonial-capitalist extraction that continues in the present but is being increasingly contested. To better engage, the syllabus offers multiple entry points to analyze the political and economic dimensions of debt, how colonial powers continue to impoverish the region, and in what ways do contemporary social movements imagine and enact debtless futures.”
Created by working group members and collaborators from across in and out of the United States, the second edition includes new information and three new sections on indenture, law, and education by lead contributors Tao Goffe (Cornell University), Monica Jimenez (University of Texas at Austin), and Jason Wozniak (West Chester University). With the goal of contributing to the ongoing public dialogue and rising social activism on the impact of debt in the Caribbean, each unit is structured under a specific theme and offers scholarly, journalistic, primary, and multimedia sources.
Caribbean Syllabus is the second in a series of three syllabi that the Working Group will release over three years in relation to the damaging effects of debt on various locations around the world. The first, PRSyllabus, was published in 2016 and focused on the Puerto Rican debt crisis. The last syllabus will consider debt regimes in other parts of the world such as Argentina, Detroit, and Greece and will be released in 2019. The Second Edition of the Caribbean Syllabus can be accessed here.