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Economist Sachs to receive award, present lecture

Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 7:45 p.m. McCosh 50

Acclaimed international economist Jeffrey Sachs will receive the American Whig-Cliosophic Society's James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service and present an address at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, in McCosh 50.

Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is widely considered a leading international economic adviser of his generation. He is a special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was a special adviser to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, an international initiative to reduce extreme poverty, disease and hunger by 2015. He also is president and co-founder of the Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty.

Sachs has written or edited many books, including the best-selling "Common Wealth" and "The End of Poverty." In 2004 and 2005 he was named among the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time magazine.

The American Whig-Cliosophic Society annually presents the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service -- named after one of the society's founding members -- to individuals from all fields who have exemplified the ideals of the organization and the University. Following the presentation, Sachs will give a lecture on his work eradicating poverty around the world, and lessons he has learned.

Tickets are free with a Princeton University ID and are available Friday, May 1, Monday, May 4, and Tuesday, May 5, at the Frist Campus Center ticket office. Two tickets will be available per ID. Any remaining tickets will be offered at the door.

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