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MPR blogger Dave Peters posted some thoughts about Tuesday's Great Conversations and how it relates to local sustainability efforts here in Minnesota. What are your thoughts? Can we "fix the system"?

Straight from the source....J. Brian Atwood, dean of the Humphrey Institute, writes about his recent Great Conversation with Hernando de Soto in a Star Tribune editorial.

Hernando de Soto and J. Brian Atwood discuss "The Global Economic Crisis" in a May 18, 2010, Great Conversations. Listen online or download the mp3 file.

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About the speakers...
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.

Rafael Yglesias and Madelon Sprengnether discuss "The Transformative Power of Art" in an audio recording from the April 20, 2010, Great Conversations. Listen online or download the mp3 file.

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About the speakers...
Described by The New York Times as "one of America's most prominent novelists," Rafael Yglesias is a screenwriter and the author of nine novels. His novel Fearless was made into a 1993 major motion picture, for which he also wrote the screenplay. After a 13-year absence, his latest novel, A Happy Marriage, has just been published to rave reviews.

Yglesias's film Fearless was the subject of a chapter in Madelon Sprengnether's acclaimed book, Crying at the Movies: A Film Memoir. A faculty member in the University of Minnesota English Department, Sprengnether is a Regents Professor, the highest honor bestowed on University of Minnesota professors.