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Sep. 10th Edwards Auditorium @ 8 PM

"Rethinking Globalization:
Making it Work for the World’s Poor"

Tina Rosenberg


Tina Rosenberg is foreign-policy editorial writer for the New York Times, currently working in the Mexico City bureau. She is the author of Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America and The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism.


Globalization was supposed to both increase the planet's wealth and spread it to the world's poor. In this talk, Rosenberg looks at whether it is working. She argues that globalization is not just good for the poor, it is essential -- no country has ever gotten wealthy over the long term without international trade. But, she says, the antiglobalization protesters are right as well: no nation has ever developed over the long run under the rules being imposed on poor countries by those who control globalization today. Those rules are written by and for powerful nations and powerful interests within those nations, mainly the agribusiness, pharmaceutical and financial services industries. Globalization is being sabotaged by its own inequities. Unless the system becomes fairer for the world's have-nots, it will be ultimately destroyed by the backlash. Rosenberg sets out new rules to make globalization work for the world's poor.

Tina Rosenberg has extensive experience in Latin America. Fluent in Spanish and having lived in Nicaragua from 1985-1987, Chile from 1987 - 1990, and currently in Mexico City, she is well prepared to speak on the issues facing that part of the world, and the concomitant challenges and opportunities afforded by Globalization. Her books reveal an impressive ability to get close to the people at many different levels of society, with intense in-depth interviews of political leaders, revolutionaries, business leaders, persons lost in the sea of poverty and even those tied to the drug cartels and world of violence. Rosenberg has lived close to those who have been impacted by world-shaking agreements such as NAFTA, both positively and negatively. She speaks with experience, wisdom, and compassion, as she seeks ways to have all persons benefit from the spread and growth of the free-market economy.

Rosenberg has been honored as winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Helen Bernstein Award and is a former MacArthur Fellow. She also contributes to: The New Yorker, The New York Times magazine, Foreign Affairs, Rolling Stone, The New Republic and other publications.

Rosenberg received her Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.


October 29, 2003


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