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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

Inequality: The Global Economy and Local Realities

Thu, September 18, 2008 • 7:00 PM • Thompson Conference Center (TCC 1.110)

Beyond the rhetoric about the wonders of globalization is the reality of ordinary people’s lives. How do the decisions made by the powerful in government and business affect those lives? Why is the inequality gap around the world widening? After two decades of reporting on the false promises of the global economy and painful local realities, India’s leading journalist P. Sainath is uniquely qualified to help us understand these issues.

P. Sainath is the pre-eminent chronicler of rural life in India, logging thousands of kilometers of travel each year to villages in the countryside. Sainath is currently the Mumbai bureau chief and rural affairs editor of The Hindu newspaper. His classic 1996 book, Everybody Loves A Good Drought, was based on his reporting from the 10 poorest districts of five states in India while on a Times of India fellowship. In 2007 Sainath received the Ramon Magsaysay Award (often referred to as the Asian Nobel Prize) for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts. He has also received the A.H. Boerma Award in 2001 and the Prem Bhatia Award for excellence in political reporting and analysis for 2003-04 in recognition of his “outstanding, indeed exceptional, work on the problems of the poorest of the poor.” This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Senior Fellows honors program of the College of Communication and the South Asia Institute.For more information, contact Robert Jensen at 471-1990 or rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu

Sponsored by: Senior Fellows honors program of the College of Communication and the South Asia Institute


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