Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus to Deliver Lecture at Lehman March 9


Muhammad YunusNobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus will deliver a special talk, entitled “Social Business Is the Solution,” in the Lovinger Theatre on Sunday, March 9, at 2:30 p.m. Dr. Yunus, the third winner of the Nobel Peace Prize to visit Lehman since 2004, will be awarded the President’s Medal for his innovative economic ideas, humanitarian efforts, and contributions toward world peace.

This event, sponsored by Lehman College and the Lehman College Foundation, is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call 718-960-8766 or e-mail by February 29.

Dr. Yunus founded Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983 with the fundamental belief that credit is a human right. He is recognized for pioneering microeconomics, a banking program that provides poor people with small loans used to launch businesses, thus lifting themselves and their families out of poverty. To date, Grameen Bank has provided over $4 billion in loans to the citizens of Bangladesh. In 2006, Dr. Yunus and Grameen Bank were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Born in 1940 in the city of Chittagong, Bangladesh, Dr. Yunus earned his undergraduate degree at Dhaka University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1969. The following year, he taught at Middle Tennessee State University and then returned to Bangladesh to head the economics department at Chittagong University.

In addition to the Nobel Prize, Dr. Yunus has received Sri Lanka’s Humanitarian Award (1993), CARE, USA’s World Food Prize (1994), the Volvo Environment Prize (2003), Nihon Keizai Shimbun’s Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth (2004), the Roosevelt Institute of the Netherlands’ Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom Award (2006), and the Seoul Peace Prize (2006).

Lehman has welcomed two other Nobel Peace Laureates in recent years, Shirin Ebadi in 2004 and Jody Williams in 2006.

Last modified: Oct 13, 2011

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