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Pomona Student Union Debate on the Consequences of Debt Relief for Africa

The Pomona Student Union (PSU) at Pomona College will host a debate on the consequences of debt relief for Africa and what it means for the future of the continent, on Friday, Oct. 7, at noon. The debate is open to the public and will be held in the Pomona College Smith Campus Center, Room 208 (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). There is no charge to attend, though there is a small charge for lunch.

Participating in the debate are Debayani Kar of the Jubilee USA Network; Kathryn Lavelle: associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University; and Todd Moss, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development.

Debayani Kar is the communications and advocacy coordinator of Jubilee USA Network, the U.S. arm of an international movement working for debt cancellation for impoverished nations. The organization is a network of over 60 religious denominations, labor groups, environmental organizations, and community and advocacy groups “working for a world free of debt for billions of people.”

Kathryn Lavelle focuses her research on financial politics in the United Nations system, with a focus on public and private interest groups active on policy issues related to global capital flows. She is the author of The Politics of Equity Finance in Emerging Markets (Oxford University Press, 2004), which examines the intersection of domestic politics and international relations. She has also been published in The Journal of Modern African Studies, Third World Quarterly, Review of International Political Economy, International Studies Review and The Columbia Journal of World Business.

Todd Moss, at the Center for Global Development, concentrates on US-Africa relations and financial issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently researching portfolio investment flows to low-income countries, the role of private corporations in development, and an assessment of private sector development strategies. He is also working on the economic crisis in Zimbabwe and leads the Center's work on Nigerian debt. Moss previously worked at the World Bank. His most recent book is Adventure Capitalism: Globalization and the Political Economy of Stock Markets in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).

The debate is sponsored by the Pomona Student Union, a non-partisan student organization dedicated to "raising the level of honest and open dialogue on campus. By helping students become more knowledgeable and better informed on the political and social issues that confront our society, PSU aims to create informed citizens.”

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.