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Internationally Renowned Expert on Poverty Jeffrey Sachs Coming to OWU

September 27, 2006

Jeffrey SachsJeffrey D. Sachs, director of the UN Millennium Project and special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals — the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015 — will be the guest speaker at Gray Chapel on Thursday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. in University Hall, Gray Chapel.

This will be the 18th John Kennard Eddy Memorial Lecture on World Politics at the University. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Politics and Government, the International Studies Program, and the Sagan National Colloquium. Sachs will speak about “The End of Poverty.”

Says Sean Kay, associate professor of politics and government, “Jeffrey Sachs is one of the most prominent economists in the world. His engagement in the efforts to restructure command economies toward the free market and ongoing devotion to ending world poverty reflect the very kind of public service that we at Ohio Wesleyan both admire and seek to cultivate.” Sachs will receive the Doctor of Laws honorary degree from OWU during the evening lecture.

Sachs is also director of Earth Institute, Quetelet professor of Sustainable Development, and professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.

In addition, Sachs is president and co- founder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty. He is internationally renowned for advising governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and Africa on economic reforms and for his work with international agencies to promote poverty reduction, disease control, and debt reduction of poor countries.

In 2004 and 2005, he was named among the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time Magazine, and is the 2005 recipient of the Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice. In addition, he is author of hundreds of scholarly articles and many books, including New York Times bestseller The End of Poverty (Penguin, 2005).

Sachs is a member of the Institute of Medicine and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has received many honorary degrees, most recently from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and the College of the Atlantic, Southern Methodist University, Simon Fraser University, and McGill University.

Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as director of the Center for International Development. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University.

The John Kennard Eddy Memorial Lecture on World Politics is a living memorial to former student John Kennard "Jeff" Eddy, who was killed along with two classmates and friends, Bill Kroener and Jay Riesz, in a 1988 auto accident. All three students were juniors majoring in politics and government.

Students and the public attending the lecture should be seated by 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://snc.owu.edu or call 740-368-3995.