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Economic Adviser to Botswana to Lecture

Stephen R. Lewis Jr., who helped shape the African nation’s government, will speak at UCR on Dec. 4.

(November 24, 2009)

Stephen R. Lewis Jr.

Stephen R. Lewis Jr.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Stephen R. Lewis Jr., president emeritus of Carleton College and an economist who helped shape the government of Botswana, will speak at UC Riverside on Friday, Dec. 4, at 4:10 p.m. in Sproul 2206 during an appearance that is sponsored by the Department of Economics. His topic is “Botswana: Africa’s Ace of Diamonds.”

His appearance is free and open to the public. Parking costs $6.

Lewis, known internationally for his work in developing countries, has served as a research adviser to the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, as an economic adviser to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in Kenya, and as a longtime economic consultant to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in Botswana, where the government awarded him the Presidential Order of Meritorious Service in 1983.

He also was invited by the Council on Foreign Relations to analyze the South African economy, work which resulted in his 1990 book “The Economics of Apartheid.”

Lewis served as director of Carleton College from 1987 to 2002. He elected chairman of the board of RiverSource Funds, a Minneapolis-based mutual fund group, in 2007 and is a consultant to The Presidential Practice, which advises newly elected college presidents.

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