Tiejun Wen, Dean, Renmin University, PRC
Wednesday, September 12, 12:00-1:00PM
Oldenborg Dining Hall, Pomona College
The global economy today is dominated by the financial strategies of rich nations, which allowed their banks to create a “bubble economy” far larger than the real economy. The resulting debt crisis has devastated not just the countries where it began, but the entire world. Most of the economies of the global south (Asia, Africa, andLatin America) have been hit by massive inflation, imported from theUnited States, which created trillions of dollars to prevent its owneconomy from collapsing. The world’s poor are having to bear thebrunt of this disaster. The actions the poor take to survive willdestroy the natural environment, but the greed of the 1% is ultimatelyresponsible for this ecological disaster.
The lecturer and his colleagues are launching a global movement forrural reconstruction to fight poverty and protect the environment. Itemphasizes cooperative organic farming, rural ecological architecture, and alliances between urban consumers and peasant co-ops.
Professor Tiejun Wen, a leading figure in the Rural ReconstructionMovement in China, is Executive Director of the Institute of AdvancedStudies for Sustainability, Dean of the School of Agronomics & Rural Development, and Director of the Institute of Rural Finance, at RenminUniversity in Beijing. He is also a member of a coordinating committeeof the Chinese central government, which includes many top officials. He is Vice Chair of the China Society of Agricultural Economics andDeputy Secretary-General of the China Macroeconomic ResearchFoundation. He is a renowned expert on sustainable development and rural issues, especially in policy studies, macro-economics andcooperation among developing nations for long-term inclusive growth.
An event sponsored by PBI, the B. Chan Visiting Scholars Fund, and the Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages & International Relations