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Press Release: Hernando de Soto, Joseph Stiglitz, and Naomi Klein Continue Great Issues Conversations

Great Issues Forum: A Conversation about Economic Power

Monday, October 20, 8:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street

What is the role of the U.S. in the disposition of the world’s economic and environmental resources? How are the world’s financial markets best defended from economic shock?  Does liberalization ensure prosperity?  Influential economists Hernando de Soto and Joseph Stiglitz join journalist and activist Naomi Klein to debate their different economic approaches in a conversation moderated by David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center.  Hernando de Soto is President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, in Peru.  Naomi Klein is the award-winning journalist and author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.  Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz is an economist and Professor of Economics at Columbia University.  Free, but general public reservations are now filled for this event.  Some standby seating  will be available on the night of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

An ambitious new initiative of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, the Great Issues Forum brings together prominent statesmen, policy makers, public intellectuals, entrepreneurs, journalists, and scholars to explore the critical questions of our time, focusing on a separate theme each year.  The Forum launches this fall with a series of high-profile public conversations on the theme of Power. An opening conversation on Political Power (October 2) will be followed by Economic Power on October 20 and Cultural Power on November 10.

The Great Issues Forum is funded by the 2007 Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Academic Leadership Award, presented to Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, and organized by the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center. 

Submitted on: OCT 1, 2008

Category: Press Room