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Week In Review: October 14, 2019

Article by Jessica Erin Cohen

 

Esther Duflo Wins The Nobel Prize In Economics

  

Last Monday, Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, and Michael Kremer were awarded the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their experimental, scientific approach to alleviating poverty. They have conducted over twenty years of economic research to develop new ways to study and help the poor and have ultimately “revolutionized how we think about poverty.” Dr. Duflo, 46, is the youngest economics laureate in history and the second woman ever to receive the prize. Referred to as the “noble” and “world’s most-feted economist couple,” Dr. Duflo and her husband, Dr. Banerjee, published Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty in 2011 and will be releasing Good Economics for Hard Times, praised as “original, provocative, and urgent,” this November.

 

How Do You Become Immortal?

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French philologist and philosopher Barbara Cassin became “immortal” on Thursday, when she became the ninth woman in history to be welcomed to the Academie française. Created in 1635, the Academie is comprised of 40 peer-elected members who regulate the French language and hold their positions for life. Prior to her nomination, Cassin received the 2018 Gold Metal from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) for her work related to the “power of words and language," authored over 20 works of philosophy, including the Dictionary of Untranslatables (Princeton University Press, 2014), and founded the Network of Women Philosophers at the request of UNESCO.

 

Rethinking Second World War France

Historian, political scientist, and psychologist Jacques Sémelin is currently on tour for his book The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940-1944 (Oxford University Press, 2019). As a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and the founder and president of the Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence, Sémelin offers readers years of experience and expertise. Without shying away from the horrorible crimes of the Holocaust, his work explores how and why 75% of France's Jews escaped extermination. Ronald Rosbottom of the Wall Street Journal expressed that his “command of the historical record, and of both German and French archives, gives weight to his theories, which should encourage further research and discussion.” His US tour is keeping this important discussion alive. Its next and final stops are the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, the University of West Georgia, Princeton University, and Yale University.

 

The Climate Moment: Festival Albertine 2019

We are less than one month away from this year’s Festival Albertine, The Climate Moment, which will bring together a diverse range of researchers, activists, authors, politicians, and artists to discuss the current climate crisis and what we can do about it. With opening night already sold out, don’t wait to RSVP to the panels on November 9th and 10th! Each event will be moderated by Bill Mckibben and begin with a short reading by Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA). Clement Guerra, who premiered his documentary film, The Condor and The Eagle, at the Woodstock Film Festival and the Chelsea Film Festival this October, will be speaking at the Local Government and Policy Making panel. We are also excited to welcome Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein, who has recently been interviewed by Sky News, Channel 4 News, and The Guardian and presented her best-selling book On Fire at the International Literature Festival Dublin last week. Other guests include French political scientist and philosopher Malcom Ferdinand, who researches the relationship between colonialism and ecology; Cherri Fotylin, an activist and author from Louisiana and a member of Bridge the Gulf; Stanford University professor and engineer Mark Jacobson, who researches and develops large-scale, clean, renewable energy solutions; and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer, co-founder of the Bec Hellouin farm in Normandy, France, which uses permaculture to feed us and heal the planet.

 

 

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