Amartya Sen, noted economist, philosopher and public intellectual, delivered the first annual George Staller lecture on April 13, 2009 in the Call Auditorium at Cornell's Kennedy Hall.

Sen, a former Cornell A.D. White Professor-at-Large (1978-84), is the Lamont University Professor and professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University. Sen was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics for his contributions to welfare economics. During his expansive academic career, Sen's research has spanned a number of fields, including development economics, social choice theory, public health, gender studies, moral and political philosophy, and the economics of peace and war.

The George Staller lecture series, established by the Department of Economics, honors Cornell Ph.D. and professor emeritus George Staller, a renowned teacher and scholar of Eastern European and Soviet economies.

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