Fall, 2000: Perspectives on Distributive Justice
from the First and Third Worlds

Chandra Muzaffar | Olodum | Partha Dasgupta | Janet Lippman Abu-Lughod


Chandra Muzaffar

Wednesday, September 13, 8 p.m.

Griffith Film Theater

Chandra Muzaffar. President of the International Movement for a Just World, author of Human Rights and the New World Order and Professor at the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue at the Universiti Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. Dr. Muzaffar is a critic of the damage and oppression brought on by indiscriminate globalization in countries of the third world. Founder and president of Aliron, a multi-ethnic Malaysian reform movement dedicated to justice, freedom, and solidarity from 1977 to 1991, he serves on the board of directors of the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism and is a member of the Peace Council.


Wednesday, October 11,
8 p.m.

Page Auditorium

Olodum. Afro-Brazilian creators of samba-reggae. This troupe of 19 performers has been stimulating audiences with their vibrant shows since their founding in 1979 in Brazil. In 1991 they performed in New York’s Central Park with Paul Simon. In 1996, Michael Jackson wore Olodum shirts and colors in Salvador to shoot his video “They Don’t Care About Us.” With their resounding percussion, intoxicating rhythms, and mesmerizing vocals, Olodum has recorded nine albums and toured throughout the world.

Tickets go on sale September 1. A limited number of free tickets will be available for students. Call 684-4444 for additional information.

Partha Dasgupta

Thursday, October 19,
8 p.m.

Levine Science Research Center Auditorium

Partha Dasgupta. Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, Professor Dasgupta’s work on environmental economics and the economics of poverty and nutrition has made him a speaker in demand across the world. Dasgupta is a Fellow of the British Academy and President of the Royal Economic Society as well as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. He is the author of An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution, and co-editor of The Environment and Emerging Development Issues (with K.G. Maler) as well as innumerable other volumes, articles and papers.

Janet Lippman Abu-Lughod

Wednesday, October 25, 8 p.m.

Griffith Film Theater

Janet Lippman Abu-Lughod. Professor emerita of Northwestern University and the New School of Social Research. Author of Cairo: 1001 Years of the City Victorious; Rabat: Urban Apartheid in Morocco and most recently, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles: America’s Global Cities, Abu-Lughod is responsible for moving us away from an American and Euro-centric analysis of cities and urbanization. Today “globalization” is a popular buzzword, but it was Abu-Lughod who validated the importance of examining cities in this larger concept. In 1999 she received the Robert and Helen Lynd Award from the American Sociological Association for distinguished lifetime contributions to the study of cities.



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