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A Witness of Two Revolutions

Expert On Third World Economies Speaks at UC Riverside

Center for Ideas and Society Presents Keith Griffin,Distinguished Professor, as “A Witness of Two Revolutions”

(January 17, 2003)

Keith Griffin

Keith Griffin

Distinguished Professor of Economics Keith B. Griffin, one of the world’s foremost experts on modern third world economies, will give a free public lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, that links the end of the European imperial system and the sudden collapse of communism in the Soviet Union.

His talk, “A Witness of Two Revolutions,” will be held in room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building at UC Riverside. This is the “Distinguished Humanist Achievement Lecture” sponsored annually by the UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society.

Born in Panama to American parents, Griffin traveled extensively through Latin America, delved into development economics at Williams College in Massachusetts and earned his D.Phil. at Oxford University. He stayed on as a professor at Oxford for 23 years, eventually serving as president of Oxford’s Magdalen College, before arriving at UCR in 1988. That same year he was selected as Chairman of the Board of the Geneva-based United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.

Griffin has served as an advisor and consultant to many governments, international agencies, and academic institutions in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He is the author of “Studies in Development and Systemic Transformation” and of “Studies in Globalization and Economic Transitions.” He is editor of books on China, Vietnam, and Uzbekistan.

Among his 16 books are two that are now standard texts in the field: “The Political Economy of Agrarian Change,” and “Alternative Strategies for Economic Development.”

Emory Elliott, director of the Center for Ideas and Society, said he is excited to be presenting one of UC Riverside’s true natural resources.

“As a pioneer in his field of the economies of developing nations, he established the methods of study and inspired a generation of economists to study the causes and consequences of globalization and economic transitions,” Elliott said. “His contributions to the economic development of several countries have been very significant.”

The lecture is free. Campus parking costs $6 per day.

The Distinguished Humanist Achievement Award began in 1991-92 to honor the scholarly achievements and accomplishments of a faculty member in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The purpose of the annual UC Riverside Humanist Achievement Lecture is to recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate a significant recent scholarly accomplishment.

Additional information about the talk is available from the Center for Ideas and Society, at(909) 787-3987 or on the web at

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