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Great Conversations: J. Brian Atwood and Hernando de Soto


When: May 18, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ted Mann Concert Hall
Tickets: $28.50 (some discounts available; see Northrop Box Office for more information: http://northrop.umn.edu/events/great-conversations)

The College of Continuing Education will launch an exciting new season of Great Conversations for the spring of 2010. Experience an evening of thought-provoking views and groundbreaking discussions between prominent University of Minnesota faculty and their distinguished guests from around the world. Humphrey Institute Dean J. Brian Atwood and leading economist Hernando de Soto will discuss the current global economic crisis in the next Conversation.

Hernando de Soto is a Peruvian economist internationally known for his work on the informal economy and the importance of property rights. Praised by President Clinton as "the world's greatest living economist" and named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Forbes magazine, de Soto is the President of Peru's Institute for Liberty and Democracy, located in Lima.

J. Brian Atwood is the dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota. Among his past leadership posts, he served as the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development during the Clinton Administration; as the leader of the transition team at the State Department and as Under Secretary of State for Management, also during the Clinton administration; and as a member of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's Panel on Peace Operations.

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