Free Lecture: Ian Goldin on Divided Nations

Friday, May 10, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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The former Vice President of the World Bank discusses the problems and the various approaches to global governance, highlights the challenges that we are to overcome, and considers a roadmap for the future in a lecture based on his new book, Divided Nations.

Rapid global integration and urbanization together with game-changing leaps that have globalized technology, communications, mobility, and business, all bring profound advantages, but they also bring systemic risks that are only just being identified and understood. Many of the biggest challenges today's world faces spill over national boundaries: climate change, finance, pandemics, cyber security, and migration. And the hard truth is that our global governing bodies-- created in the 1940s--are simply not up to the task of managing such risks.

As a former Vice President of the World Bank, and head of the multi-disciplinary Oxford Martin School of Oxford University, Ian Goldin is in a superb position to provide new perspectives and approaches to our world order. He explores whether the answer is to reform the existing structures or to consider a new and radical way of tackling inherent failings.

Ian GoldinProfessor Ian Goldin is Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University. Ian was previously a Vice President and Director of Development Policy after serving as economic advisor to President Mandela and Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He has an MSc from London School of Economics and an MA and DPhil from Oxford. He has published 17 books, including Divided Nations (Oxford), Globalisation for Development (Oxford), Exceptional People on Migration (Princeton), and The Economics of Sustainable Development (Cambridge).

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.