London School of Economics Public Lecture

6.30-8pm Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, London School of Economics.  More info here.

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Credit has crunched, debt has turned toxic, the gears of the world economy have ground to a halt. It’s now clear that the market doesn’t only get it wrong about sub-prime mortgages; it gets it wrong about everything. We need to ask again one of the most fundamental questions a society ever addresses: why do things cost what they do?

Raj Patel is a writer, activist and academic. He was educated at Oxford, the LSE, and Cornell. A former fellow at Yale, he is currently a visiting scholar at Berkeley, and a Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has worked for the World Bank, interned at the WTO, consulted for the UN, and protested against his former employers. His first book was Stuffed & Starved. His latest book The Value of Nothing, is published by Portobello Books in December 2009.

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