Dr. Donald Lee

Dr. Donald Lee to Deliver Lecture on Childhood Poverty at Hartwick College

March 6, 2013

Hartwick College will soon host a lecture titled "Born into Poverty: The Life of Children in Developing Countries." The presentation, given by Dr. Donald Lee, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on campus. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

During the lecture, Lee will speak about the realities of poverty from a child's perspective as well as major efforts, including the United Nations' work to eradicate poverty. Attendees will learn more about the issue of childhood poverty facing so many in the international community, and practical measures and strategies used to counteract it.  A focus will be placed on the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals - a human rights based approach designed to eradicate poverty.

Lee has a Ph.D. in Economics from University College London and served as a senior development economist for 20 years with the United Nations. He began his career at the United Nations with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. He later moved to New York to join the Division for Social Policy and Development in order to head its work on poverty and employment. He helped establish the Youth Employment Network in 2001 and was - until his retirement from the United Nations - a member of its Steering Committee.

In recognition of his contribution to poverty issues within the United Nations, Lee was invited to join the International Committee for October 17, which was established to promote and support the United Nations international day for the eradication of poverty. He was appointed Chairman of the Committee in 2012.

Today, Lee continues to be an advocate for poverty eradication, social justice and environmentally sustainable economic development through his research, publications and blog.  

This lecture is sponsored by Tanae Adderley '14, this year's Cyrus Mehri Global Pluralism Fellow, and is facilitated by the Hartwick College Center for Professional, Service, and Global Engagement. The Cyrus Mehri Global Pluralism Fellowship strives to bring awareness of issues related to diversity, inequality and justice to the forefront of the Hartwick College community. Cyrus Mehri '83 is a nationally renowned civil rights attorney of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC in Washington, DC.

For more information on the lecture, contact Mansir Petrie, Global Education and Service Learning Advisor at 607-431-4414 or

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