William Easterly gave a public talk,Free the Poor! The Evolution of Ideas Toward Ending Poverty from the Bottom Up,on Tuesday (March 24). The presentation is part of WVU s David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas lecture series.

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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.

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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.

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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.

For more information, visit festivalofideas.wvu.edu