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Title: World Poverty: Explanations and Responsibilities

The Basics: As part of the Humanities Center Lecture Series for 2009–2010: Global Connections, Global Responsibilities, Thomas Pogge will lecture on the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor.
He will discuss severe poverty in poorer countries and its connection to about one third of all human deaths. Pogge will also focus on what role global institutional arrangements, such as the rules of the WTO Treaty, play in the persistence of severe poverty, and how poverty could affect the responsibility of citizens in affluent countries to work for its eradication.
Thomas Pogge is the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University.

When: Today, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Gregg Hall (Porter 100)

Title: Pitt Business G20 World Tour

The Basics: On each of the 20 days preceding the summit, the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh will feature a different G20 country with presentations on the cultural and economic aspects of that country.
The lecture for today will feature Russia.
Each day afterward until Friday will feature China, India, Japan, and South Korea, respectively. For more information, please visit the website at

When: Today, ongoing all day

Where: Lobbies of Mervis Hall and Sennott Square, University of Pittsburgh

Title: Carnegie Mellon’s G20 Forum — an Expert Preview to the Pittsburgh Summit

The Basics: The forum will explain the G20 Summit and its purpose, as well as focus on what issues the summit will discuss and what impact the decisions made will have on our lives.
Carnegie Mellon faculty and economic experts will share their perspectives on such topics as the regulation of international financial institutions, the challenges faced by developing economies, and restarting international trade negotiations.
Speakers include professors from the Heinz College, the Tepper School of Business, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. To learn more about the speakers and the event, please visit

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Title: International Week Event Lecture: Today’s Interdependent World Order

The Basics: Alexander Lennon, editor-in-chief of The Washington Quarterly, will focus on global strategic trends and their public policy implications.
He is also a senior fellow in the CSIS International Security Program, where he focuses on the grand strategy and foreign and security policies of the contemporary major powers — the United States, China, Europe, India, Japan, and Russia — as well as nuclear proliferation prevention strategy.
For more information, contact Veronica Dristas at (412) 624-2918 or

When: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29

Where: University of Pittsburgh