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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Tue 14th May 2013
The Players Club
Jim Holt is a philosopher, author and essayist. He has contributed to the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New York Review of Books, New Yorker, American Scholar, and Slate. He hosted a weekly radio spot on BBC Wales called "Living in America, with Jim Holt" and has appeared on William F. Buckley's Firing Line, NBC News with Tom Brokaw, and CNN. He was editor of The New Leader, a political magazine. His book Why Does the World Exist? was a 2012 New York Times Top 10 Book of the Year and a Slate.com 2012 Staff Pick. In it he traced the riddle of existence from the ancient world to modern times. Holt has also written a history of jokes: Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes.
Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004), My Revolutions (2007), and Gods Without Men (2011), as well as the novella Memory Palace (2013) and a short story collection, Noise (2006). His work has been translated into twenty-one languages and won him prizes including the Somerset Maugham award, the Betty Trask prize of the Society of Authors and a British Book Award. In 2003 Granta named him one of its twenty best young British novelists. Lire magazine named him one of its 50 "écrivains pour demain". He is a past Deputy President of English PEN, a patron of the Refugee Council and a member of the editorial board of Mute magazine. His short stories and journalism have appeared in diverse publications including The New York Times, Guardian, New Yorker, Washington Post, Times of India, Wired and New Statesman. He lives in New York City.
Dr. Dambisa Moyo is an international economist who writes on the macroeconomy and global affairs. She has traveled to more than 50 countries over the last decade, during which time she has developed a unique knowledge base on the political, economic, and financial workings of emerging economies, in particular the BRICs and the frontier economies in Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa and How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead. She is a patron of Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), a hedge-fund supported children’s charity.