March 20, 1998 Economist Amartya Sen To Discuss Asian Values in the Annual Goldman Lecture

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Economist, philosopher and educator Amartya Sen will deliver the sixth annual Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Lecture on American Civilization and Government at 6:30 p.m. April 21. Titled "Asian Values and American Priorities," the lecture will be held in the Montpelier Room, on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, at 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Tickets are not required.

Mr. Sen is known as an economist who deals with broad humanistic issues, such as hunger and poverty, and their impact on economics. He will offer perspectives on the interactions of Asian cultural and economic values with current American priorities for Asia.

Newly appointed as Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University, Mr. Sen received his Ph.D. from Cambridge and has held positions at Jadavpur University in Calcutta, Delhi University, the London School of Economics, Oxford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Cornell University.

Most recently, he served since 1988 as the Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University.

Mr. Sen is a fellow of the British Academy, a past president of the American, the Indian, and the International Economic Associations and vice president of the Royal Economic Association. In 1990, he received both the Agnelli International Prize and the Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Award.

He is the author of Choice of Techniques (1960), Collective Choice and Social Welfare and Growth Economics (both published in 1970), On Economic Inequality (1973), Employment, Technology and Development (1975), Poverty and Famines (1981), Utilitarianism and Beyond and Choice, Welfare and Measurement (both published in 1982), Resources, Values, and Development (1984), Commodities and Capabilities (1985), On Ethics and Economics and The Standard of Living (both published in 1987), Hunger and Public Action (1989), Inequality Reexamined (1982), Quality of Life (1993). He also contributes widely to intellectual and professional publications.

The Goldman Memorial Lecture series is made possible by a gift from the estate of the late Eric F. Goldman, who taught at Princeton University. Each year an individual is selected on the basis of his or her high achievement and literary skill to deliver a lecture at the Library of Congress on a significant issue facing American democracy. Previous lecturers have included Richard Reeves on American journalism, Martin Marty on American diversity, William Julius Wilson on American poverty, Ellen Chessler on the American family, and Ronald Steele on American diplomacy.

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