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NYU 2010 Frumkes Lecture: Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen [1] is scheduled to deliver the annual Lewis Burke Frumkes Lecture [2], speaking on “Global Justice and Political Philosophy” on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in Hemmerdinger Lecture Hall, Silver Center. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, at Harvard University [1] and was until recently the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has served as President of the Economics Society, the Indian Economic Association, the American Economic Association and the International Economic Association. He was formerly Honorary President of OXFAM and is now its Honorary Advisor. He was the Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University, and is a Distinguished Fellow of All Souls.

Amartya Sen’s books have been translated into more than thirty languages, and include Choice of Techniques (1960), Collective Choice and Social Welfare (1970), Choice, Welfare and Measurement (1982), The Standard of Living (1987), Development as Freedom (1999), Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny (2006), and The Idea of Justice [3] (2009). His research has ranged over a number of fields in economics, philosophy, and decision theory, including social choice theory, welfare economics, theory of measurement, development economics, public health, gender studies, moral and political philosophy, and the economics of peace and war.

Among the awards he has received are the “Bharat Ratna” (the highest honor awarded by the President of India), the Senator Giovanni Agnelli International Prize in Ethics, the Eisenhower Medal, the George Marshall Medal, the Edinburgh Medal, and the Nobel Prize in Economics.

The lecture is made possible by the generosity of Lewis Burke Frumkes and is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Science and the Department of Philosophy.