Leading economist joins Edinburgh enlightenment debate

In the Sixties, he marched on Washington DC and witnessed Martin Luther King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech; in the Nineties he was President Clinton's chief economic advisor with a seat at the top table of world financial affairs; today he is one of the world's most revered economic brains... and on Monday, 28 August, he will present a public lecture at the University of Edinburgh, sharing his vision of globalisation in the 21st century.

The man in question is Nobel prize-winning economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz, the second high profile speaker in the Enlightenment in the 21st Century series, supported by Scottish Power. Earlier this year Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International, attracted an audience of more 1400 people to the Assembly Hall at the University.

Professor Stiglitz, who was also Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at the World Bank from 1997 to 2000, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2001. Arguably, Stiglitz's most important contribution to Economic theory has been his role in shaping and defining the 'third way' economic philosophy, which intended to rebalance the influence of governments and markets in political economies.

The Principal of The University of Edinburgh, Timothy O'Shea said: " The University is delighted to welcome Joseph Stiglitz to speak as part of our Enlightenment Lecture Series. He is one of the giants of economics, his contributions across every part of the discipline are recognised the world over. He has already played a major role in shaping events in the world's recent economic history, and now he is set to shape our future with his groundbreaking theories on how globalisation needs to work for disenfranchised peoples worldwide. His lecture examining themes of global economics for the new millennium promises to be a fascinating insight into new economic theory."

The Scottish Enlightenment of the late 18th and early 19th century was one of Scotland's most influential periods of intellectual activity. In partnership with Scottish Power, the University of Edinburgh's lecture and seminar series will seek to examine aspects of the enlightenment in the context of current times.

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Professor Stiglitz's free lecture will take place on Monday, 28 August, at 6.00pm at the McEwan Hall, Bristo Square. For further information, and to book a ticket, please go to: http://www.ed.ac.uk/explore/av/enlightenment2006/

For further information on Enlightenment events please go to: http://www.ed.ac.uk/explore/av/enlightenment2006/

Professor Stiglitz's new blueprint for economic policy 'Making Globalization Work' will be published by Penguin in September.

To request an interview with Professor Stiglitz or for further information on the book 'Making Globalization Work' please contact:
Penelope Vogler at Penguin Tel:020 7010 3253, Penelope.vogler@penguin.co.uk


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