Dead Aid author Dambisa Moyo to give 2011-12 Tate Lecture Feb. 6

Author and international economist Dambisa MoyoInternational economist Dambisa Moyo, one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2009, visits campus Monday, Feb. 6, to deliver the Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture in SMU’s 2011-12 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. Her talk begins at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Moyo is the author of the New York Times bestseller Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa. She argues that financial aid, rather than helping Africa, has actually harmed it and should be phased out. Instead, she offers proposals for developing countries to finance their own development. Her latest book, How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead, is now available.

In 2009, Moyo was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” by TIME Magazine and was nominated to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Forum. Her writing regularly appears in economic and finance-related publications such as the Financial Times, the Economist and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, she has appeared as a guest on CNN, CNBC,  the BBC and Fox Business Network, among others.

Moyo is a patron of Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), a hedge fund supporting children’s charity, and serves on the Board of Directors of Room to Read, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that provides educational opportunities to local communities in the developing world.

A native of Lusaka, Zambia, Moyo earned her Ph.D. degree in economics from Oxford University and holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and an M.B.A. in finance at American University in Washington, D.C.

The evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available. Moyo will answer questions from University community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m.

The Forum is free, but seating is limited. SMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend; RSVP online to ensure a place. To ask Moyo a question via Twitter, send a tweet with the hashtag #MoyoSMU. Student moderator Derek Hubbard will ask some of these questions during the event.

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