Since 1993, the Murphy Institute has provided a unique venue for labor and community-based leaders and activists to engage in intellectually rigorous debate and discussion on the most pressing issues of our time.

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Our commitment to support the examination and resolution of the myriad struggles confronting poor and working-class communities lays the foundation for the Institute’s ambitious public programming, which attracts over 1,500 people annually and has featured:

  • Prominent SLU faculty, including Francis Fox Piven and Ruth Milkman.
  • Nationally renowned scholars, including Manning Marable, Lani Guinier, Rodolfo de la Garza, Adolf Reed, Patricia Williams, and Marie Gottschalk;
  • National and International Elected Officials, including Nydia Velazquez, Ruth Messenger, Fernando Ferrer, Melissa Mark-Viverito, British Member of Parliament John Eatwell, and former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff;
  • Civil and human rights leaders, including Reverend Al Sharpton, Benjamin Jealous, and Rigoberta Menchu;
  • Leaders of labor unions and federations from the U.S., Canada, France, Guatemala, India, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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Public Programming page

Medicare For All & Its Competitors: Comparing Democratic Plans

Is Democratic Capitalism Possible?

The Future of Capitalism and the Future of Work “The Robots are Coming”

Reconstructing Economic Development for People and Planet: Stories of Just Economic Democracy

Book Talk: “Behemoth” & “Making It: Why Manufacturing Still Matters”