Conference: Academics Stand Against Poverty Anniversary Conference at Yale

Posted: 13 de February de 2012 by Fernando Furtado in Call for Papers, Event

Academics Stand Against Poverty: One Year Anniversary Conference
Global Poverty: What Do We Know? Where Do We Go From Here?

Yale University
April 12-13, 2012

Speakers: Philip Alston, Nicole Hassoun, Branko Milanovic, Thomas
Pogge, Gustav Ranis, and Paul Slovic

We invite researchers, teachers and students with an interest in
global poverty alleviation efforts to take part in the one year
anniversary conference of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP).

The first day of the conference will be dedicated to a symposium about
the future of global poverty alleviation after the expiration of the
Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and to a discussion of current
ASAP efforts and future directions for the organization. The second
day will be dedicated to a workshop on how to effectively motivate
individuals to act on their moral obligations to alleviate global

ASAP is an international network helping scholars, teachers and
students enhance their impact on global poverty. It does so by
promoting collaboration amongst poverty-focused academics, by helping
them reach out to broader audiences on issues of poverty, and by
helping them turn their expertise into impact through specific
intervention projects. Learn more at:

Please register (for catering purposes) with Katie Lewis at:
Further event information: Gilad Tanay, Yale University, at:

Sponsors: The British Council, the Global Justice Program of the
Whitney and Betty MacMillan Centre for International and Area Studies,
the Department of Cognitive Science at Yale University

April 12th: Symposium
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Speakers include:
Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, New York
Branko Milanovic, Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Research
Thomas Pogge, Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International
Affairs, Yale University
Gustav Ranis, Frank Altschul Professor Emeritus of International
Economics, Yale University

Event Description:
The Millennium Development Goals effort is the latest and most
ambitious by those in rich countries to address global poverty. As the
2015 expiration of the MDG campaigns nears, governments, NGO
representatives, and aid and development specialists are beginning to
take stock of successes, failures, and lessons to apply to future
This symposium brings together preeminent world experts in
development, aid, and global justice in a dialogue about the next
steps that should be taken towards global poverty alleviation.
Speakers will examine the record of increasing global inequality,
developments such as large-scale microfinance, and poverty measurement
and trends. Each will offer crucial insights about what has been
learned about reducing severe poverty, and which lessons must be
highlighted in any MDG-replacement efforts.
The symposium marks the one-year anniversary of the organization
Academics Stand Against Poverty. Sessions before lunch will focus on
ASAP efforts and future directions, and the symposium will take place
in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

April 13th: Moral Psychology and Poverty Alleviation Workshop
10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Speakers include:

Paul Slovic, University of Oregon

Nicole Hassoun, Carnegie Mellon University

Event Description:
Many individuals in affluent nations are aware that a vast number of
people live in conditions of severe poverty. Yet they are more likely
to go to the movies or to buy an expensive sweater than they are to
give their money to humanitarian aid. The question arises, how can
individuals be motivated to act on their duties to aid the global

This workshop marks the launch of ASAP’s Moral Psychology and Poverty
Alleviation project (MPPA). The MPPA project will help support
sustained collaborative research on  how to develop more effective
means of motivating individuals to act on their moral obligations to
alleviate global poverty. In the meeting we will hear and discuss
several concrete research projects and discuss the future directions
for the MPPA project.

Read more at:
For further information contact: Meena Krishnamurthy at: or Matthew Lindauer at:

Call for abstracts:

The Global Justice Program and the Department of Cognitive Science at
Yale University invite the submission of 350-500 word abstracts for 25-
minute presentations on the subject of Moral Psychology and Poverty
Alleviation for their upcoming workshop. The meeting aims to stimulate
research that can be used to develop more effective means of
motivating individuals to act on their moral obligations to alleviate
global poverty.

Abstracts are invited from those working in cognitive science, moral
philosophy, and political science, and submissions are encouraged from
all levels of academia. Submissions from those taking an experimental
approach to the topic are especially encouraged. Abstracts should be
sent as a PDF or Word document to by March 2, 2012.
The subject line of email should read SUBMISSION [YOUR NAME]. In the
body of the email, please state your name, affiliation, and contact


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