UNU Conversation Series: “UNU 40th Anniversary Special Conversation”

  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•12•22    18:30 - 19:30

    On 22 December 2015, UNU will host a “UNU 40th Anniversary Special Conversation with Professor Amartya Sen and Professor Emma Rothschild. Amartya Sen is a Nobel laureate in Economics, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Professor at Harvard University. Emma Rothschild is a Professor at Harvard University, Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and is a specialist in the history of economic thinking. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Prof. Sen and Prof. Rothschild will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a discussion exploring the connections between history and the historical experience of nations and continents with their past and present economic development.

    This is the concluding event of UNU’s 40th anniversary celebrations, following on the visit to UNU in late October by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and several other events.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 21 December) is required. UPDATE, 8 December 2015: This event is currently full and registration is closed.


    About the Speakers

    Dr Amartya Sen is an acclaimed economist, having published over two dozen books and manifold articles making significant contributions to economics, philosophy and wider social science. He has been Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University since 2004 as well as holding the position of Thomas W. Lamont University Professor. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contribution to welfare economics through studies of social choice, welfare measurement, and poverty.

    Until 2004 Dr Sen was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, the first Asian to hold the position, and has previously taught at the Delhi School of Economics, the London School of Economics, and the University of Oxford.

    Dr Emma Rothschild has written extensively on economic history and the history of economic thought. She is the Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History at Harvard University and Director of the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Harvard and at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Through her work she has strived to bridge the disciplines of economics and history, and gain new insights into current economic issues through historical context.

    Her books include Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and the Enlightenment (2001) and The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History (2011).


    U Thant International Conference Hall
    United Nations University
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