Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Levitt Center
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The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Levitt Speaker Series

Levitt Speaker Series 2008-2009

Sustainability:  Environment, Health, and Poverty


Fall 2008

Environmental Justice and Sustainability Panel
A panel discussion co-sponsored by the Diversity and Social Justice Project titled "Environmental Justice and Sustainability" took place on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 4:10 p.m. in the K-J auditorium. A reception followed in the auditorium.  Panelists included Professor of Economics Erol Balkan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies Joyce Barry, Assistant Professor of Government Peter Cannavo and Professor of Biology Ernest Williams. The panel was moderated by Associate Professor of Economics Ann Owen. 

The Levitt Center sponsored a panel discussion on "Sustainability:  Market Solutions" on October 2nd at 7:30 p.m. in the K-J Auditorium.  Panelists included Charter Trustee Rich Bernstein '80, Bob Fryklund '80, Hamilton faculty members Associate Professor of Economics Julio Videras and Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Levitt Center's Sustainability Program Ann Owen as moderator.  

The Levitt Center sponsored "The Financial Crisis:  A Faculty Panel" on October 23rd at 7:30 pm in the Science Auditorium.  Panelists included Professors Ann Owen, Alan Cafruny, Jim Bradfield, and Erol Balkan.  Jeff Pliskin served as moderator.

Kenneth Roberts of Cornell University discussed "Why Latin America is Turning Left" on October 28th at 7:00 pm in the KJ Auditorium.  This lecture was sponsored by the Latin American Studies Committee, with funding from the Levitt Center and Dean of Faculty.  Roberts is the author of Deepening Democracy? The Modern Left and Social Movements in Chile and Peru (Stanford University Press, 1998), along with a forthcoming manuscript from Cambridge University Press on the transformation of party systems in Latin America's neoliberal era. Bio

Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx, presented a lecture on November 18th at 7:30 pm.  According to her website www.majoracartergroup.com, Dr. Carter simultaneously addresses public health, poverty alleviation, and climate change as one of the nation's pioneers in successful green-collar job training and placement systems.  She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 to achieve environmental justice through economically sustainable projects informed by community needs.  Her work has been noted in numerous books; celebrated with awards from the National Audubon Society, the EPA, the NRDC, and the AIA among many others.  She is a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, one of Essence Magazine's 25 Most Influential African-Americans in 2007, one of the NY Post's Most Influential NYC Women for the past two years, a board member of the Widerness Society, and recording a special national public radio series called "The Promised Land" for 2009 release.  This event was co-sponsored by the Diversity and Social Justice Project and the Kirkland Endowment

Michael Mathres '96, Director of Climate Capital Network, discussed carbon trading on November 11th at 4:10 p.m.  The title of Mathres' talk is "The Credit & Climate Crisis. What the new American President should do or: how to kick-start the Third Industrial Revolution."   In 2006, Michael was responsible for Climate Change Now, the first renewable energy switching tool, supported by UNEP, European Environment Agency, Ben & Jerry's & Aveda. In 2004, he founded Susten8, (dubbed by the Financial Times as the 'Green First Tuesday'), a network of more than 2'000 entrepreneurs and investors in the sustainability sector, that organised the first climate change conference in London.  Bio 

Spring 2009

Naomi Klein
, award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, will lecture on April 13th at 7:30 pm in the Chapel. Naomi Klein writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is syndicated internationally by The New York Times Syndicate. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper's Magazine won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.  She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King's College, Nova Scotia. This event is co-sponsored by the Kirkland EndowmentBio

Norman Bowie, the Elmer Andersen Chair in Corporate Responsibility and Strategic Management/ Organization at the University of Minnesota, will present "Economics:  Friend or Foe of Ethics?" on April 20th at 4:15 pm in the Science Auditorium.  Professor Bowie teaches graduate courses in ethics and political philosophy, with a special emphasis on business ethics.  In addition to many publications in scholarly journals, he is the co-editor of Guide to Business Ethics, currently in its 6th edition.  This lecture is co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department.  Bio

William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University and Co-Director of NYU's Development Research Institute, will give a lecture titled "All Are Created Equal:  Liberty for the Poor and the Escape from Global Poverty" on April 23rd at 4:10 pm in the Chapel.  Easterly is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and previously spent sixteen years as a Research Economist at the World Bank.  He is the author of The White Man's Burden: How the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (Penguin, 2006), The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (MIT, 2001), 3 other co-edited books, and 59 articles in refereed economics journals.  This lecture is made possible with support from the Arthur Coleman Tuggle Lecture Fund.  Bio

Moustafa Bayoumi, associate professor of English at Brooklyn College and author of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?  Being Young and Arab in America, will lecture on May 7th at 7:30 pm in the Science Auditorium.  From 2003 to 2006, he served on the National Council of the American Studies Association, and he is currently an editor for Middle East Report. He is also an occasional columnist for the Progressive Media Project, an initiative of The Progressive magazine, through which his op-eds appear in newspapers across the United States.  This lecture is co-sponsored by the History Department and the Dean of Faculty Office.  Bio