Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies hosts Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen

WHAT: Amartya Sen, a Nobel Prize-winning economist  widely known for his work on income inequality and the roles of famine, poverty and freedom in developing countries around the world, will be the guest speaker at an event hosted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies.

Economist Amartya Sen

Economist Amartya Sen

WHEN: 4-6 p.m., Sunday, March 13.

WHERE: The sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley.

BACKGROUND: Sen was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in 1998 for his contributions to welfare economics. He helped create the United Nations’ Human Development Index, and has long championed education and economic empowerment for women as a moral right and as a tool for development.

He is considered one of the world’s most influential thinkers. Sen has authored books published in more than 30 languages.

Sen is the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He last delivered a public address at UC Berkeley in 2005.

The Chowdhury Center was established in 2013 to champion the study of the cultures, people and history of Bangladesh. With its model combining research, scholarships, promotion of arts and culture, and enhancing ties between UC Berkeley and Bangladesh, it is unique in the United States.