GRINNELL, IA—Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, will address the Class of 2010 at Grinnell College’s 164th Exercises of Commencement, on Mon., May 24, at 10 a.m. on Central Campus.* The Earth Institute supports scientific research, education, and the application of research to advance nine interconnected global issues: climate and society, water, energy, poverty, ecosystems, public health, food and nutrition, hazards, and urbanization. As director of The Earth Institute, Sachs leads large-scale efforts to mitigate human-induced climate change. For more than 20 years, he has been in the forefront of the challenges of economic development, poverty alleviation, and enlightened globalization. Considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation, Sachs also serves as special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General. In 2004 and 2005, he was named among the 100 most influential world leaders by TIME magazine. The author of hundreds of scholarly articles and books, Sachs wrote bestsellers “Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet” and “The End of Poverty.” Prior to joining Columbia where he is also professor of sustainable development and professor of health policy and management, Sachs was director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University. If inclement weather, the May 24 commencement ceremony will be held in Darby Gymnasium.
Grinnell College, which annually confers B.A. degrees on more than 350 students, is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.