Alejandro Toledo in conversation with Larry Diamond: Can Democracy Reach the Poor?

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
5:00 pm –
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Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education (485 Lasuen Mall)

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Stanford School of Education Cubberley Lecture Series Presents:

Can Democracy Reach the Poor?

A Presidential Perspective on Education, Poverty, and Democracy in Latin America

A talk by Alejandro Toledo, President of Peru (2001-2006) and Payne Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, in conversation with Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution and Co-Editor of the Journal of Democracy

Over the past 25 years, Latin America has enjoyed the longest and most robust democratic reforms in its history. Yet the majority of its countries are facing severe levels of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion, threatening the sustainability of economic growth and democracy itself. President Toledo and Professor Diamond will explore the effectiveness of political democracy, which President Toledo believes depends largely on the provision of quality education, nutrition, health care, and dignified jobs for the poor. In addition, success depends on strong democratic institutions, including effective and independent judicial and congressional systems, freedom of the press, and a civil society.

A Q&A session and reception will immediately follow the lecture.

Alejandro Toledo is the president of the Global Center for Development and Democracy. Following his term as President of Peru, he returned to Stanford as a distinguished fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Toledo has paired an academic career with service in government, finance, and non-profit entities. He has taught at universities in Peru and Japan, in addition to Stanford, Harvard, and the American University in Washington, D.C. He has been an advisor to the World Bank, United Nations, USAID, and SRI. Within Peru, he has held many positions concerned with economic development, economic reform, foreign debt, labor, and conservation of natural resources. Toledo received two master's degrees in 1971 and 1972 and a PhD in 1993 from Stanford University.

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and co-editor of the Journal of Democracy. He is also a professor of political science and sociology, and coordinator of the Democracy Program at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is the author of The Spirit of Democracy (forthcoming), Developing Democracy: Toward Consolidation, and Squandered Victory, which discusses his time working with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. He has edited or co-edited more than 30 books on democratic development in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He received all his degrees from Stanford University: a BA in 1974, an MA in 1978, and a PhD in 1980.

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