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Arrow Lecture: Amartya Sen (Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard)

Mon May 2nd 2011, 5:30pm
Event Sponsor
The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society
Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall (seating capacity: 400)
Arrow Lecture: Amartya Sen (Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard)

"Social Choice and Human Rights" -- This years's Arrow Lecture will be given by Amartya Sen. Sen is the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, at Harvard University and was until recently the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has served as President of the Econometric 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. Sen’s books have been translated into more than thirty languages, and include On Economic Inequality, Poverty and Famines, On Ethics and Economics, Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny and The Idea of Justice. 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. Sen has received honorary doctorates from major universities in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Member of the American Philosophical Society. Among the awards he has received are the “Bharat Ratna” (the highest honour awarded by the President of India); the Senator Giovanni Agnelli International Prize in Ethics; the Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Award; the Edinburgh Medal; the Brazilian Ordem do Merito Cientifico (Grã-Cruz); the Presidency of the Italian Republic Medal; the Eisenhower Medal; Honorary Companion of Honour (U.K.); The George E. Marshall Award, and the Nobel Prize in Economics. The Arrow Lecture Series in Ethics and Leadership is named in honor of Nobel Laureate Kenneth Arrow, the Joan Kenney Professor of Economics and Professor of Operations Research, Emeritus, Stanford. Amartya Sen