Patel to speak today

Dr. Raj Patel, economist and author of “The Value of Nothing.”

An economist and author who critiques the effects of globalization and world food systems will be the keynote speaker of the College of Charleston’s annual Sustainability Week.

Dr. Raj Patel, author of “The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy,” will give a talk based on his book at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

The event is free and open to the public.

Patel, an advocate for sustainability, specializes in economics and received degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, and Cornell University. For a short time, he worked for the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, but has since become one of the most outspoken critics of those organizations.

A short video about his book can be viewed at

The college’s Sustainability Week, which started in 2011 as a substitute for an Earth Day event, began on Monday and goes through Friday. Throughout the week, there will be a variety of events centered on the theme of “The Value of Nothing.” A schedule of Sustainability Week events can be seen at

Meanwhile, the Medical University of South Carolina will hold its sixth annual Earth Day event 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 15 at the “horseshoe” at 171 Ashley Avenue. It is free and open to the public. More at