October 29, 2007

Patrice Franko

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Patrice Franko will give the talk, "Corporate Social Responsibility: Was Milton Friedman Right? Applications from Latin America," Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.

The talk, which is free to the public, is part of the university's International Focus Year Series on Latin America and the Caribbean. It is sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Professor of economics and international studies
Franko is the Grossman Professor of Economics and professor of international studies at Colby College, where she also directs the Oak Institute for Human Rights. A specialist in development economics in Latin America at Colby since 1986, Franko teaches classes in international finance, in contemporary economic development in Latin America, the Transatlantic Divide and in microeconomics principles.

The recipient of a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, she has served as a consultant for the Office of Inter-American Affairs in the Department of Defense, for the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University, and for the Office of International Affairs at the National Academy of Sciences.

She also serves on the boards of the Mid-Maine Global Forum, the AIDS Responsibility Project, and the Global Studies Foundation.

Franko is the author of numerous publications including The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development; Toward a New Security Architecture in the Americas: The Strategic Implications of the FTAA; and The Brazilian Defense Industry.

Franko, who graduated from Bucknell in 1980 with a degree in economics and psychology, holds her doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.

Focus on Latin America, the Caribbean
Latin America and the Caribbean have been undergoing a profound transformation since the early 1980s, according to series organizers Stephen Stamos and Hilbourne Watson, faculty coordinators.

By the early 1990s, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was a growing emphasis on democratization and the enhancement of constitutional democracy across the region. The speakers in the series will contribute their perspectives to the transition.

Bucknell's Focus Semester program, which began in 1990, is designed to provide undergraduates with exposure to international geographic and cultural themes. The series originally began with a geographic focus – Africa, Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and even outer space. The Focus Semester series grew to a year-long series in 2003 to allow a more comprehensive experience. For more information on past Focus Year series, see http://www.bucknell.edu/x31053.xml

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Posted Oct. 29, 2007