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February 22, 2007


NEW YORK, February 22, 2007 – Nobel Prize winning economist Dr. Amartya Sen, Lamont University Professor at Harvard University, will present the Fourth Annual Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism at The City College of New York (CCNY), 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2007. 

Professor Sen’s topic will be “The Urbanity of Calcutta.” The lecture, which is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Urban Design of the School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, will take place in The Great Hall of The City College, Shepard Hall. It and is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Sen was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics “for his contributions to welfare economics.”  His research has ranged over a number of fields in economics, philosophy and decision theory. They include: social choice theory, welfare economics, theory of measurement, development economics, public health, gender studies, and the economics of peace and war.

Dr. Sen is in his second tenure as Lamont University Professor. In 2004, he returned to the position he held at Harvard between 1988 and 1998, having served during the interim as Master of Trinity College in Cambridge, England. 

He has also held faculty positions at: Oxford University, where he was Drummond Professor of Political Economy and a Fellow of All Souls College; Delhi University, and The London School of Economics. In addition, he has been a visiting professor at M.I.T., Stanford, Berkeley, and Cornell.

A prolific writer, Dr. Sen’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages.  The list includes: Collective Choice and Social Welfare (1970); On Economic Inequality (1973, 1997); Poverty and Famines (1981); Choice, Welfare and Measurement (1982); On Ethics and Economics (1987); Inequality Reexamined (1992); Rationality and Freedom (2002); and Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny (2006).

Dr. Sen has served as president of the Econometric Society, the Indian Economic Association, the American Economic Association and the International Economic Association. He is Honorary Advisor to Oxfam, a global antipoverty organization, and had been its Honorary President.

In addition, Dr. Sen is: a Fellow of the British Academy; Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Philosophical Society.  His other honors include: the “Bharat Ratna,” the highest honor awarded by the President of India; the Sen. Giovanni Agnelli International Prize in Ethics; the Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Award; the Presidency of the Italian Republic Medal, and the George E. Marshall Award.

The Indian-born economist holds a B.A. from that nation’s Presidency College and a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Cambridge.

About The Lewis Mumford Lecture

Named for writer, architecture critic and urbanist Lewis Mumford, who attended City College, the series invites the world’s most distinguished urbanists to speak freely and publicly about the future of cities. Jane Jacobs, author of several seminal books on urbanism, including The Death and Life of Great American Cities, delivered the first lecture in 2004.  For more information about The Lewis Mumford Lecture, contact Kathleen Sheridan at or Professor Michael Sorkin, Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design, at

About The City College of New York

For 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 13,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.