Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Klarman Hall, Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium
232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853
Nobel laureate in economics Amartya Sen will deliver the Einaudi Center's flagship annual Bartels Lecture. He will address contemporary global challenges to democracy and how societies can respond to these threats.
At the turn of the millennium, many people would have said that the understanding of the need for democracy was the most important change that had occurred in the world over the preceding century. Since then, however, democracy has been treated with contempt and hostility in many parts of the world, including countries in the West. It is important to ask why this is happening, and how we should assess it. Some countries seem to be undergoing a major transition in this respect, and India may be a significant example (despite its being often described as the largest democracy in the world, which in some sense it still is). Sen will discuss the nature of the problems we are facing and what can be done about them.
Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. Until 2004 he was the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has served as president of the Econometric Society, the American Economic Association, the Indian Economic Association, and the International Economic Association.
Sen’s books have been translated into more than thirty languages. They include Choice of Techniques (1960), Collective Choice and Social Welfare (1970), Poverty and Famines (1982), Commodities and Capabilities (1987), Development as Freedom (1999), Identity and Violence (2006), and The Idea of Justice (2009).
Amartya Sen’s awards include the Nobel Prize in Economics (1998); Bharat Ratna (India); Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur (France); National Humanities Medal, George Marshall Award, and Eisenhower Medal (USA); Honorary Companion of Honour, Bodley Medal, and Edinburgh Medal (UK); Ordem do Merito Cientifico (Brazil); and Aztec Eagle (Mexico).