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Critical Perspectives on Accounting:
An International Conference at Baruch College

April 25-26, 2008

New York, NY – April 17, 2008 – Baruch College will host the 2008 Critical Perspectives on Accounting Conference on Friday and Saturday April 25-26, 2008. An international gathering of scholars, graduate students and CPAs interested in a broad range of social and regulatory issues, this event brings together more than 300 participants from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, Africa, and Europe. Most of the 250 papers being presented are under review for publication in Elsevier's Critical Perspectives On Accounting journal. All sessions take place in the Baruch College Conference Center, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue (at 24th St.), 14th floor. Press Coverage Invited.

The Critical Perspectives conference is designed to look at the history, practice, and future of the accounting profession in an expansive framework that includes consideration of social conflict and market economy winners and losers. Topics and themes include: Subprime Sagas, The Big 4 After Enron; SOX, Lessons from Andersen; Resisting and Transforming the Commodification of Practice and Teaching; Race & Class; Institutional Failures—Litigation, Malpractice & Competition; Impact of Information Technologies; Global Warming, Ecology & Green Accounting; European and African accounting issues; Globalization and International Issues; Public Sector and Healthcare Issues; Critical Histories—Auditing as Social Dialogue and the Poetry of Accounting.

Typically, some these topics raise eyebrows. The poetry of accounting? Tony Tinker, lead organizer of the conference in the U.S., explains that "people write about things in poetry that they wouldn’t write about elsewhere." Critical Perspectives, both the conference and the journal of the same name, is devoted to exploring issues other sectors of the profession are unwilling or unable to address.

In addition to the main conference on April 25th and 26th, several ancillary events will be held. On Thursday, April 24, a European Critical Accounting Symposium and an Emerging Critical Scholars Workshop will take place. On Monday, April 28, the Emanuel Saxe Symposium will reflect on the life and work of a Baruch College legend who taught accounting to generations of students. Additionally, there will be a reception for all conference participants on Thursday evening, April 24. NY CPE credits in accounting, auditing, taxation and Assurance Services are available to attendees.

For more information about this conference, or to register, check the Conference website at or contact Tony Tinker at

Contact: Zane Berzins
News Director

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