* WHO :* William Easterly, former World Bank economist. His work has been discussed in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as well as on National Public Radio, the BBC andThe NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.(Bio below)

* WHAT :* A brief question-and-answer session with media

* WHEN :* Tuesday, March 24, at 6:45 p.m.

* WHERE :* 225 Brooks Hall, West Virginia University Downtown Campus

* PARKING :* Mountainlair garage with WVU media parking pass

* ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :* Easterly will give a public talk,Free the Poor! The Evolution of Ideas Toward Ending Poverty from the Bottom Up,at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 202 of Brooks Hall. A reception will follow. The presentation is part of WVU s David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas lecture series.

* BIO :* Easterly was born in Morgantown, and his parents are WVU alumni.

His expertise is in the determinants of long-run economic growth, political economy of development and the effectiveness of foreign aid.

Author ofThe White Mans Burden: How the Wests Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good,Easterly is currently serving as a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also co-director of New York Universitys Development Research Institute and an NYU professor of economicswith a joint appointment at the universitys Africa House.

Easterly spent 16 years as a research economist at the World Bank. He has worked in most areas of the developing world, including Africa, Latin America and Russia.

He is a nonresident fellow of the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C., and was a visiting fellow at Brookings Institute. In 2008, Easterly was named one of the worlds Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Foreign Policy magazine.

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