Columbus: Joseph Stiglitz on the Crisis in Greece

Event date: 
08/18/2015 - 7:00pm

Tuesday, August 18th at 7pm, Join Harper's Magazine and Book Culture for a special conversation on the Greek Financial Crisis with economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harper's Magazine deputy editor Christopher Beha.

Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, is University Professor at Columbia University. His most recent book, The Great Divide, argues that inequality is the cumulative result of unjust policies and misguided priorities in America. Stiglitz helped create a new branch of economics, "The Economics of Information," exploring the consequences of information asymmetries and pioneering such pivotal concepts as adverse selection and moral hazard, which have now become standard tools not only of theorists, but of policy analysts. He has been decorated by several governments, including Colombia, Ecuador, and Korea, and most recently became a member of France's Legion of Honor (rank of Officier). He recently wrote a piece for The Guardian on the crisis in Greece, saying "European leaders are finally beginning to reveal the true nature of the ongoing debt dispute, and the answer is not pleasant: it is about power and democracy much more than money and economics."

Christopher R. Beha is a deputy editor at Harper’s Magazine. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The London Review of Books, The Believer, Bookforum, and elsewhere. He is the author of two novels, Arts & Entertainments and What Happened to Sophie Wilder, and a memoir, The Whole Five Feet.

Harper’s Magazine, the oldest general-interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation, through long-form narrative journalism and essays, and such celebrated features as the iconic Harper’s Index. The Harper's Blog recently featured a piece by James K. Galbraith, "Greece, Europe, and the United States". Galbraith participated in “How Germany Reconquered Europe,” a Harper’s Forum about the future of the euro that appeared in the February 2014 issue. 

Event address: 
450 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024