On Thursday, February 20, Columbia will host a panel discussion featuring four of the world's leading experts in globalization, economics, international affairs and development. Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia professor and 2001 Nobel Prize winner in economics, Jeffrey Sachs, director, The Earth Institute at Columbia, George Soros, chairman, the Open Society Institute, and Mark Malloch-Brown, administrator, the United Nations Development Program, will debate "Globalization and Inequality." Anthony Marx, Columbia professor of political science, will moderate.
Panelists are expected to explore the global economy's link to issues such as poverty, disease and environmental degradation. Does the free movement of money, goods and services, and peoples across borders "level the playing field" or contribute to financial and economic turmoil in developing nations? What is the role of free trade in promoting economic growth, and are emerging economies vulnerable to crisis when they open their financial markets and/or privatize?
The event, sponsored by Columbia's Center for Historical Social Sciences (ISERP) and the Sawyer Seminar (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), will be held from 4:00-6:30 p.m. in the Altschul Auditorium in the International Affairs Building. It is free and open to the public. Seating in the auditorium is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The overflow room will be in Dag Lounge on the 6th floor of the International Affairs Building. The building is located on Amsterdam Avenue at 118th Street.