A Concrete Alternative from Ecuador in the Midst of Climate Rhetoric: Yasuní-ITT
The Observatory on Latin America (OLA) of The New School is pleased to invite you to a public lecture by Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador.
Introduced by David E. Van Zandt, President of The New School.
President Correa will give a talk entitled "A concrete alternative from Ecuador in the midst of climate rhetoric: Yasuní-ITT." In it he will speak about Ecuador's historic decision to permanently forgo the extraction of the Yasuní-ITT oil fields as a contribution to better management of natural resources and to reduction of climate change.
The program will be in Spanish. Simultaneous English translation will be provided.
This program is supported by the Julien Studley Foundation.
Michael Cohen (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Director of the International Affairs Program. He also works as Advisor to the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Design, and Urban Planning of the University of Buenos Aires.
Before coming to the New School in 2001, he was a Visiting Fellow of the International Center for Advanced Studies at New York University.
Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado born (April 6, 1963) is the President of the Republic of Ecuador and was the president pro tempore of the Union of South American Nations. An economist educated in Ecuador, Belgium and the United States, he was elected President in late 2006 and took office in January 2007. In December 2008, he declared a portion of Ecuador's national debt illegitimate, based on the argument that it had been contracted by corrupt/despotic prior regimes. He then pledged to fight creditors in international courts, and succeeded in reducing the price of the debt letters and continued paying all the debt. He brought Ecuador into the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas in June 2009.
Correa's first term in office had been due to end on January 15,
2011, but the new approved constitution written by the new National
Assembly mandated general elections for April 26, 2009. In that
election, Rafael Correa won in the first round with 51.9% of votes counted. It was the first time since 1979 in which a representative was elected without having to face a second round. Consequently, Correa began a new term in office due to end on August 10, 2013, which could be extended by reelection until 2017. To date, Correa's administration has succeeded in reducing high levels of poverty, indigence, and unemployment.
David E. Van Zandt
On January 1, 2011, David E. Van Zandt
became the eighth President of The New School, a legendary, progressive
university inspiring undergraduates, graduate students, and others to
catalyze change in an inconstant world.
President Van Zandt is a sociologist, attorney, and visionary in
higher education with a record of distinguished academic leadership
spanning three decades. He comes to New York from Northwestern
University School of Law, one of the top-rated schools in the nation,
where he served as dean from 1995 until 2010. Under his leadership,
Northwestern Law transformed its approach to admissions, education, and
social engagement. Through continual analysis of the legal profession,
he led major efforts to expand academic offerings to prepare students
for the demands of the global marketplace. This included the creation of
the country's only fully integrated three-year JD/MBA program and the
nation's most distinguished two-year accelerated JD program. The faculty
grew by nearly 40 percent during his time as dean, and it currently
includes a number of widely recognized clinical and practitioner
faculty. More than half of Northwestern Law's research-intensive faculty
holds PhDs in related fields, the highest percentage of any U.S. law
President Van Zandt, who received his PhD in Sociology from the
London School of Economics, continues to lecture and contribute to
professional and scholarly journals. He is a past president of the
American Law Deans Association and has published articles and written
and presented papers on the regulation of financial markets, the
sociology of religion and deviance, social theory (in particular the
microsociological aspects of law), and the economics of common sense.
His more recent publications have been on legal education. An expert in
corporate law, international finance, and legal education, President Van
Zandt has taught courses in International Financial Markets, Business
Associations, Property, Practical Issues in Business Law, and Legal
Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty, David E. Van Zandt was an
associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, specializing in
international banking and finance. He graduated with an AB from
Princeton University in 1975, received his JD from Yale Law School in
1981, and clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval, United States District
Court for the Southern District of New York (now on the United States
Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit), and Justice Harry A. Blackmun,
United States Supreme Court.
He is married to Professor Lisa Huestis, Associate Professor of Legal
Studies at The New School, and has two children, Caroline and Nicholas.
President Correa's economic value proposals deserve full moral and financial support and I hope he gets it from countries that hold major responsibility for the environmental crisis in which we find ourselves.
I'm astounded that public chatter is roaring in the background of President Correa's talk. It's one of the most interesting talks I've heard on Fora TV but the background noise is so disrespectful, I feel sad and embarrassed for the hosts. I hope heartfelt apologies have been extended to President Correa.