“Creating a Better World” Development Conference to be Held Feb. 21

Wesleyan’s Development Conference Committee will host its first conference, titled, “Creating a Better World: Perspectives on Local and International Development,” on Feb. 21. It will feature talks by Paul Glewwe of the University of Minnesota, Vijay Prashad of Trinity College, and Cheryl Doss of Yale University. Wesleyan Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology Anu Sharma will moderate a question and answer session.

The conference will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Allbritton 311. No advanced registration is required.

According to Chazelle Rhoden ’15, who is co-organizing the conference with Sitar Terrass-Shah ’17, the Development Conference Committee is a new student group that organizes biennial conferences to generate discussion around the critiques of international and local approaches towards eliminating poverty.

“Expect to hear thoughts on what works and what doesn’t work as the effort towards global poverty elimination continues,” said Rhoden.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Economics Department, the Government Department, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Office of International Student Affairs, and Student Activities and Leadership Development.

For more information, contact Rhoden at crhoden@wesleyan.edu, or Terrass-Shah at sterrassshah@wesleyan.edu.

In 2012, a different student group organized a Forum on International Development. Read more about that conference here, and see a video on it here.

The Development Conference Committee will host the first of its biennial conferences on Feb. 21.

The Development Conference Committee will host the first of its biennial conferences on Feb. 21.