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World Bank president to discuss poverty, May 3-4

James Wolfensohn, president of the World Bank, will present two lectures on campus Thursday and Friday, May 3-4.

On Thursday, he will discuss "Poverty in an Age of Plenty" at 7:30 p.m. in McCosh 10. The seventh annual William Bowen Lecture is sponsored by the Center for Jewish Life.

On Friday, he will lecture on "Tackling World Poverty" at 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The event is the 10th lecture in the Priscilla Glickman '92/Ivy Club Speaker Series.

Since becoming president of the World Bank Group in 1995, Wolfensohn has traveled to more than 100 countries to gain firsthand experience of the challenges facing the bank and its 182 member countries.

In 1996, together with the International Monetary Fund, he initiated the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative. It was the first comprehensive debt reduction program to address the needs of the world's poorest, most heavily indebted countries.

In 1999, Wolfensohn introduced the Comprehensive Development Framework, a holistic, long-term and country-owned approach that focuses on building stronger participation and partnerships to reduce poverty.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Wolfensohn was an international investment banker. He is chair of the board of trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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