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Annual Hesburgh Lecture

Join us for Annual Hesburgh Lecture co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Reading and the Holleran Center for Community Engagement. This year's lecture, Global Issues and Catholic Social Teaching, will be delivered by Dr. Kwan S. Kim, a Professor of Economics and a Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

Globalization, while seen as a powerful form for economic growth, is also replete with social and economic conflicts among peoples and nations. This lecture addresses the structural contradictions and inequities in the contemporary global economy. Globalization-linked social concerns include sweatshops, world energy and environmental crisis, drugs and human trafficking, worker rights, and principles of human dignity, the common good, and the preferential option for the poor. It serves not only as an amoral imperative but also as an economic imperative for the development of a sustainable global economy.

Dr. Kim's research interest lies in development studies and international economics with geographical focus on East Asia, Latin America, and Africa. He has received many research awards from grant foundations and merit citations from professional societies. Most recently, he was a recipient of the 2010 International Peace Prize from the American Biographical Institute. His recent collaborative work with Chinese colleagues focuses on the global environmental and developmental impacts of China's fossil-fuel energy and intensive resource-use system.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00pm in the McGlinn Conference Center, adjacent to Alvernia's campus. Directions to the McGlinn Conference Center can be found here.

Start Date: 4/11/2013 8:00 pm
End Date: 4/11/2013 9:30 pm
Location: McGlinn Conference Center
Price: free and open to the public
Sponsor: Notre Dame Club of Reading and the Holleran Center for Community Engagement
Contact: Contact the Holleran Center for Community Engagement with questions (610-790-1925 or holleran.center@alvernia.edu)
 
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