Postponed: PPE Distinguished Public Lecture with Esther Duflo

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been postponed.

Recent co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Professor Esther Duflo, will deliver the 2020 PPE Distinguished Public Lecture at Virginia Tech.

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). She is a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, serves on the board of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, and is Director of the development economics program of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Professor Duflo’s research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including education, access to finance, health, and policy evaluation – taking economics out of the lab to discover the causes of poverty and means to eradicate it. Her book (co-authored with Abhijit Banerjee), Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, was Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year.

Professor Duflo is the Editor of the American Economic Review and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She was honored as MacArthur Fellow in 2009, received the John Bates Clark Medal as the best economist under 40 in 2010, and won jointly the Nobel Prize in Economics for her work on global poverty alleviation in 2019.

Professor Duflo is the youngest person and second woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economics. She hopes that “showing that it is possible for a woman to succeed and be recognized for success is going to inspire many, many other women to continue working and many other men to give them the respect that they deserve like every single human being.”

At Virginia Tech, Professor Duflo will speak about her new (co-authored) book, Good Economics for Hard Times, that addresses some of the thorniest social and political problems of our time. The lecture will take place in the Moss Arts Center on April 1, 2020, from 5-7pm. No tickets are required. The lecture will be followed by a public reception and book signing. You are cordially invited to attend.

PPE Distinguished Public Lecture: Dan Ariely

Professor Dan Ariely will deliver the 2019 PPE Distinguished Public Lecture at Virginia Tech. The lecture is co-organized with the Data and Decisions Destination Area at Virginia Tech.

Professor Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics and author of Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, Irrationally Yours, Payoff, and Dollars and Sense. Professor Ariely is a New York Times bestselling author and his TED talks have been viewed over 10 million times.

At Virginia Tech, Professor Ariely will speak about “Free Beer.” The lecture will take place in the Moss Arts Center on February 20, 2019, from 5-7pm. No tickets are required. The lecture will be followed by a public reception. You are cordially invited to attend.

Please see here for the VT News story about the event.

PPE Distinguished Public Lecture: Amartya Sen

Professor Amartya Sen (Harvard University) will deliver the 2018 PPE Distinguished Public Lecture.

Professor Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He is also Senior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and was Professor of Economics at Jadavpur University Calcutta, the Delhi School of Economics, and the London School of Economics, and Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University.

In 1998, Professor Sen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory. In 1999, he was awarded India’s Bharat Ratna, which is the highest civilian award of India, and, in 2017, the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for his work on democracy and its potential power to redress and relieve human deprivation.

At Virginia Tech, Professor Sen will speak about “Democracy and Elections.” The lecture will take place in Haymarket Theatre on April 18, 2018, from 5-7pm. No tickets are required for the lecture. The lecture will be followed by a public reception. You are cordially invited to attend.

Please see here for the VT News story about the event.

 

PPE Distinguished Public Lecture: Martha C. Nussbaum

MARTHA C. NUSSBAUM

Professor Nussbaum is a highly accomplished scholar, a role model for women inside and outside of academia, and a pioneer with regard to issues of diversity and inclusion, especially in the context of the topic of social justice. Most recently, Professor Nussbaum won the 2016 Kyoto Prize for Thought and Ethics. The prize is often considered to be the most prestigious award offered in fields that are not eligible for a Nobel Prize.

Professor Nussbaum will speak on the topic of “Anger and Revolutionary Justice.” Her talk is based on materials presented in her most recent book Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice (2016), which is based on her 2014 John Locke Lectures at Oxford University. In this book, Professor Nussbaum argues for a politics without anger that is guided by forgiveness. Professor Nussbaum’s talk should be of relevance to anybody who is interested in the political discourse in our society and its future, especially after the recent presidential election in the US.

No tickets are required for the lecture. The lecture will be followed by a public reception. You are cordially invited to attend.

Please see here for the VT News story about the event.