BBC World Service and the Université Paris-Dauphine, come together to create a series of public events with the world’s leading economic thinkers

[Translate to English:] BBC World Service

In a special event on 18 December, the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt will interview Nassim Nicholas Taleb at the Sorbonne in Paris.

On Wednesday 18 December the public are invited to join the BBC and the Université Paris-Dauphine, for a special free event in the Grand Amphithéâtre at the Sorbonne. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the international best-selling books Black Swan and Anti-Fragile and seen as one of the most important seers of the modern age, will discuss his predictions for the world’s economy in an exclusive interview with the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb has been described by the British Sunday Times newspaper as the ‘hottest thinker in the world’ and by The Independent as ‘super hero of the mind’. He claims that the events that define us are never foretold. In front of an audience of academics, politicians and the Parisian public at the Sorbonne, Taleb will share his philosophical insight and answer questions on how to predict what an economy will do. He will also discuss how an understanding of random events could contribute to stability around the world.

The event is free and open to members of the public. Tickets are available from the Université Paris-Dauphine's website.

There will be jazz from the virtuoso saxophonist Marius Neset upon arrival, one of the most exciting new sounds in European jazz.

The interview is the culmination of a series of public events entitled Exchanges on the Global Economy in which the BBC World Service and the Université Paris-Dauphine have come together to bring the world’s leading economic thinkers to the French capital. The interviews are also broadcast on the BBC World Service to a global audience. For the series Justin Rowlatt has spoken to:

Portrait de Joseph Stiglitz, Prix Nobel d'Economie

Joseph Stiglitz,
Nobel Prize winning economist

Portrait de George Ayittey, éconpmiste ghanéen

George Ayittey,
Ghanaian economic theorist

Portrait de Daniel Cohen, professeur à l'Ecole normale supérieure

Daniel Cohen,
influential French thinker

The full Exchanges on the Global Economy series will be available online at BBC World Service's website.

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