This year, as a part of Brown’s 250th Anniversary opening weekend, His Highness the Aga Khan and World Bank Leader Jim Yong Kim ’82 will deliver the Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lectures on International Affairs.
Jim Yong Kim will be the first to speak as a part of the Ogden Memorial Lectures on Friday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Salomon. You can claim your free ticket here while spaces last. In addition to being the 12th president of the World Bank, Kim has served as both the president of Dartmouth College and the director of the HIV/AIDS Department at WHO, and is a co-founder of Partners in Health.
His Highness the Aga Khan will be speaking on Monday, March 10 at 5 p.m. in Salomon. You can also get a ticket here. As the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, the Aga Khan has spent a great deal of his life’s work focusing on the development of Asia and Africa. He also holds many degrees, one being an honorary Doctor of Law from Brown.
As multiplenewsoutlets reported this morning, Jim Yong Kim ’82 was selected as Obama’s pick to lead the World Bank. Kim, who graduated from Brown with a degree in Human Biology, went on to receive a MD and PhD from Harvard prior to becoming president of Dartmouth back in 2009. As the Herald reported earlier this month, President Simmons was also a candidate for the position.
While I’m sure President Kim achieved many great feats in his time as president, I highly doubt anything will compare to him rapping over a Black Eyed Peas track, draped in glow sticks and sporting some futuristic t-shirt situation:
A note to President Obama: we’re sorry that we keep scooping up your candidates – Christina Paxson would have been another perfect fit for the job. However, if you would like to appoint a current Brown student to one of these positions, we already have a cover letter ready for your viewing.
“Your generation must dream, dream more ambitiously than any who have preceded you. But just to dream is not enough. You must deliver on the dream where previous generations have fallen short.”
The lullaby didn’t work, though, and the thousands in attendance — including Ruth Simmons — loudly cheered for their new second-favorite university leader. Of course, they may have been cheering in anticipation for their afternoon game of (clandestine) pong, but Kim should be okay — after all, he’s already learned the rules.