U.N.’s Human Development Report–Overcoming Barriers: Human Mobility and Development — Fri., Feb. 5

Overcoming Barriers: Human Mobility and Development
Friday, February 5th, 2010

Wesleyan University’s Memorial Chapel

4:30 p.m.

The United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report 2009 breaks new ground in applying thumbnailCAGYNY4Ba human development approach to the study of movement, covering both internal and international migration. It discusses who moves, where and why. It looks at the multiple impacts of migration for all who are affected by it —not just those who move, but also those who stay, and links these to policies. The report lays out a major policy agenda designed to promote the human development outcomes of migration. 

Dr. Francisco Rodríguez, Head of Research at the Human Development Report, will be presenting a summary of key findings, and Susan Gzech and Michael T. Klare will be adding to the discussion before we open the floor to Q&A from the public. The discussion will be followed by an open reception with all of our speakers at the Daniel Family Commons.

Francisco Rodríguez is the Head of the Research Team for the Human Development Report. He has extensive academic and teaching experience in the field of political economy and economic growth. Prior to joining UNDP and Wesleyan University, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, University of Maryland, and Harvard University. He has also served as Chief Economist for the Economic and Financial Advisory Office to the National Assembly of Venezuela and as Economic Affairs Officer for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations. 

Susan Gzesh is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the Center for International Studies and the College. Her research interests include the inter-relationship between human rights and migration policy, the history of U.S. immigration policy, and Mexico-U.S. relations.

Michael T. Klare, Nation defense foreign policy correspondent, is Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College. His latest book is Rising Power, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.