Lecture Previews

Development With a Human Face: Bottom-Up Accountability in Global Financial Institutions
Today at 4:30 p.m.
McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Roberto Lenton, chair of the Inspection Panel of the World Bank, will be discussing the concept of bottom-up accountability and its relevance to international development and the governing of international financial institutions. Lenton will provide some history on the development and evolution of accountability mechanisms at the World Bank and at other international financial institutions. Specifically, he will talk about the role and mandate of the World Bank Inspection Panel and its parallels to other international financial institutions. Examples of how the panel has worked in different parts of the world and its overall impacts will be described.

A Conversation with Anne Applebaum
Tuesday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m.
Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

From 1988 to 1991, Anne Applebaum covered the collapse of communism as the Warsaw correspondent of The Economist magazine. Since then, she has worked as a columnist at several British newspapers and as the foreign and deputy editor of London’s Spectator magazine, and she currently works as a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate.

Her 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Gulag: A History, narrates the history of and daily life in the Soviet concentration camps. In producing the book, Applebaum had permission to view recently opened Russian archives, memoirs, and interviews. Currently, she is researching the Stalinization of post-war Central Europe for a new book.

Global Health and the Global Economic Crisis
Thursday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m.
Gregg Hall (Porter 100)

Solomon Benatar will talk about the ever-changing global financial crisis and how it reveals both the state of the fragile global economy as well as major long-term implications of the economy being unfair for global health and human flourishing.

According to Benatar, it is a critical time in world history, as our relationship to understanding and working to counteract the negative effects of modern life on climate change and our natural environment is more important than ever. If we want to have a large impact regarding global health and environmental security, it is necessary that we become more deeply introspective about our value system and also reconsider what needs to be done to ensure long-lasting human flourishing.

One proposed theory says that belief in endless economic growth and an emphasis on a completely medicalized approach to health needs must be replaced by a vision of healthy human life that is achievable and sustainable for more of the world’s population.

Benatar is a professor emeritus of medicine and the director of the Joint Bioethics Centre at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is also a professor in the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.