DULUTH — Author Sheryl WuDunn will offer the first lecture in a series on Confronting Global Poverty, Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Mitchell Auditorium on The College of St. Scholastica campus in Duluth.
The title of WuDunn’s discussion is “Putting Women to Work.” The public is welcome and there is no charge to attend.
Together with her husband, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, WuDunn is the author of “Half the Sky”, which makes the case for investing in the health and autonomy of women worldwide. WuDunn and Kristof conclude that it is impossible for countries to climb out of poverty if only a fraction of women (9 percent in Pakistan, for example) participate in the labor force.
What’s more, the couple reveals that local women are often the most effective change agents in their own countries.
Duluth public television station WDSE-TV Channel 8 will show “Half the Sky,” a documentary inspired by WuDunn and Kristof’s best-selling book, at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2.
The lecture is sponsored by the Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice at St. Scholastica. The lecture series explores the planet’s impoverished conditions. The World Bank calculates that half of the world lives on less than $2.50/day and that the poorest 40 percent represents only 5 percent of global income.
Additional lectures in the Confronting Global Poverty series are outlined below. All are free and open to the public. They start at 7:30 p.m. and are in the Mitchell Auditorium on campus.
The series continues on Nov. 8 with World Bank senior economist Charles Kenny. He will speak on “Global Development is Succeeding.”
Jonathan Morduch, professor of public policy and economics, New York University, will speak on “The Reality of Poverty” on Feb. 21, 2013.
Maude Barlow, Canadian environmentalist, author and activist, will speak April 4, 2013 on “Poverty and the World’s Water Supply.”
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