Global Solidarity, Human Rights, and the End of Poverty

Amarta Sen (keynote), Clayborne Carson, Deborah Johnson, David Grusky, Ananya Roy

Saturday, April 5, 2008 | 10:00 – 5:00 | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

Conference Presented with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford to Commemorate 40 Years since the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), the Aurora Forum joins with Stanford’s King Institute to host a day-long conference on the struggle for economic justice, arguably Dr. King’s primary concern throughout the whole of his life.

AMARTYA SEN (KEYNOTE), Lamont University Professor at Harvard
Amartya Sen, a citizen of India, studied in Calcutta and at Trinity College at Cambridge University where he earned his B.A. and Ph.D degrees. Before assuming his present position as Lamont University Professor at Harvard, he was a professor at Delhi University, the London School of Economics, Oxford, and Cambridge, where he was Master of Trinity College from 1998-2004, the first Asian academic head of an Oxbridge College. His books, which have been translated into more than thirty languages, include Collective Choice and Social Welfare (1970), On Economic Inequality (1973, 1997), Poverty and Famines (1981), Choice, Welfare and Measurement (1982), On Ethics and Economics (1987), The Standard of Living (1987), Inequality Reexamined (1992), Development as Freedom (1999), Rationality and Freedom (2002), The Argumentative Indian (2005), and Identity and Violence (2006). His research has ranged over a number of fields in economics, philosophy, and decision theory, including social choice theory, welfare economics, theory of measurement, development economics, public health, gender studies, moral and political philosophy, and the economics of peace and war. He has received honorary doctorates from major universities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998.

CLAYBORNE CARSON, Founding Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Research and Education Institute and Professor of History at Stanford
Clayborne Carson, Founding Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute and Professor of History at Stanford, has devoted his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the movements King inspired. Since 1975, he has taught at Stanford University, where he is now professor of history and founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. Under his direction, the King Papers Project, a component of the Institute, has produced six volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.—a projected fourteen-volume comprehensive edition of King’s speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. An honorary degree from Morehouse College granted in 2007 is among his many academic honors and awards.

DAVID GRUSKY, Director of the Center
for the Study of Poverty and Inequality and Professor of Sociology at Stanford

David Grusky is engaged in research that addresses issues of inequality and takes on such questions as whether and why gender, racial, and class-based inequalities are growing stronger, why they differ in strength across countries, and how such changes and differences are best measured. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recipient of the 2004 Max Weber Award, founder of the Cornell University Center for the Study of Inequality, and a former Presidential Young Investigator. His recent books include Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men and Mobility and Inequality. He is coeditor of the Stanford University Press Social Inequality Series.

DEBORAH L. JOHNSON, Founding Minister and President of Inner Light Ministries in Soquel California
Deborah L. Johnson, Founding Minister and President of Inner Light Ministries in Soquel, California feels particularly called to heal the sense of separation between those adhering to conservative and progressive ideologies. She is the successful co-litigant in two landmark cases in California: one set precedent for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the state's Civil Rights Bill, the other defeated the challenge to legalizing domestic partnerships. She is an inductee into the Board of Preachers of the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel at Morehouse College, which honors clergy for their lifetime work in social justice. Her most recent book, Your Deepest Intent, was published last year.

THOMAS NAZARIO, Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law
Thomas Nazario, an attorney and assistant professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, is creating The Forgotten International, a new non-profit organization, which works to introduce or bring together large donor groups with projects serving impoverished women and children around the world in an effort to help ameliorate the great disparities that exist between the world’s rich and the world’s poor.

ANANYA ROY, Associate Professor of City and Reigional Planning and Associate Dean of Academic
Affairs in the Division of International and Area Studies at the University of California at Berkeley

Ananya Roy serves as Curriculum Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. She is the author of City Requiem, Calcutta: Gender and the Politics of Poverty and co-editor of Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, South Asia, and Latin America. Her forthcoming book is entitled Poverty Experts: Truth and Capital in the New Global Order of Development. She was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor UC Berkeley bestows on its faculty, in 2006.

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