New York University Economist William Easterly, whose recently released The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (Penguin Press) argues western, overly confident, and conventional systems of “helping” global poverty are by no means successful and sometimes damaging, will deliver a lecture on the topic on Tues., March 21, 4:30-6 p.m., at NYU’s Africa House (Lipton Hall, D’Agostino Hall, 108 W. 3rd St. at MacDougal St.).

The event is free and open to the public, which may contact for more information. Reporters interested in attending should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or

Easterly, who also has an appointment with NYU’s Africa House, argues that Western aid plans have failed and will continue to do so because they are far too removed and detached from the situations of poverty they are attempting to improve. The New York Times Book Review calls The White Man’s Burden “an important book” and concludes “Easterly asks the right questions, combining compassion with clear-eyed empiricism. Bono and his devotees should heed what he has to say.”

  • WHO: NYU Economist William Easterly, author of The White Man’s Burden
  • WHAT: Lecture, Book Signing
  • WHEN: Tues., March 21, 4:30-6 p.m.
  • WHERE: NYU’s Africa House (Lipton Hall, D’Agostino Hall, 108 West Third St at MacDougal St.) [Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street)]

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