Nobel Laureate visits University of Utah to discuss ethics

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Nobel Laureate visits University of Utah to discuss ethics

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen will deliver the lecture “Ethics and Economics of Global Justice” at the Libby Gardner Hall on the University of Utah campus at noon on April 22, 2016.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the David Eccles School of Business, the S.J. Quinney College of Law, and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

“We are deeply honored to have Professor Amartya Sen visit our campus,” said Abe Bakhsheshy, director and professor of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the Eccles School. “He has shown the world the importance of ethics and how they can have such profound impact on policies and the daily lives of citizens around the world.”

Sen earned the Nobel Prize in Economics for his contribution to conceiving and applying ethical principles as a framework for institutional and organizational decision-making in economics, politics, business, law and global governance. He is currently the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University.

“Amartya Sen is one of the foremost public intellectuals of our time. His work has informed the public debate and challenged leaders around the world on the ethical, global, and policy dimensions of a wide range of issues such as human rights, democracy, poverty, violence, gender and human development,” said Deen Chatterjee, senior advisor and professorial fellow at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. “We are proud to bring him to the University of Utah to address our students, faculty, staff and community on the importance of ethics in a viable global economy.”

The free lecture will begin at noon in the Libby Gardner Hall and will be followed by a reception. For more information about Amartya Sen, please visit to view a PDF biography.

The event is co-sponsored by the following campus partners:

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  1. M.Scott April 8, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    It will be insightful to see if the honored professor will address the complete unraveling of ethics within the Unites States that began with the Republican Revolution of 1981, when, in essence, the GOP leadership sold the average American down the drain as they exported millions of good paying “Middle Class” Jobs to China, the Far East and Mexico through the trade agreements that they championed called GATT and NAFTA….

    Then as if that was not unethical enough, they championed the removal of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 (Gramm/Leach/Blyle) in 1999 which allowed much the same types of highly leveraged and highly unethical and highly dangerous types of trading that brought us 1929, once again, eight years later in 2007…

    It should be note, that since 1981, the wealth of the average Individual in the United States had d
    dropped about 40% as the wealthiest 3% now have almost as much wealth as the 97% as they had in 1929……

    If ever there were not only economic and political cycles, it would appear that we also have periods of ethical and unethical business and economic behavior… As I said before, perhaps the honored professor will discuss these challenging cycles…

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