Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus to Speak, Preview Film

March 24, 2010

April 12 Event also will Preview the Film To Catch a Dollar

WHAT: Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus will speak at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on Monday, April 12, 2010. The event will include a sneak preview of the film To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America, which was first shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film tells the story of Yunus and the Grameen Bank, focusing on Grameen America’s first U.S. branch in Jackson Heights, N.Y.

WHEN: Monday, April 12, 2010
Remarks and Q&A at 7:15 p.m.
Film Screening at 7:45 p.m.

WHERE: Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business, 37th & O Streets, NW, Rafik B. Hariri Building, 
Lohrfink Auditorium, Washington, D.C.

The program also will be available by webcast at http://msb.georgetown.edu.

RSVP: Event is sold out. Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations, at (202) 687-4080 or tmm53@georgetown.edu.

BACKGROUND:
Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983, fueled by the belief that credit is a fundamental human right. His objective was to help poor people escape from poverty by providing loans on terms suitable to them and by teaching them a few sound financial principles so they could help themselves.

From Yunus’ personal loan of small amounts of money to destitute basketweavers in Bangladesh in the mid-70s, the Grameen Bank has advanced to the forefront of a burgeoning world movement toward eradicating poverty through microlending. Replicas of the Grameen Bank model operate in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Yunus studied at Dhaka University in Bangladesh, then received a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University, earning a Ph.D. in 1969. The following year, he became an assistant professor of economics at Middle Tennessee State University and eventually returned to Bangladesh, where he headed the economics department at Chittagong University.

From 1993 to 1995, Yunus was a member of the International Advisory Group for the Fourth World Conference on Women, a post to which he was appointed by the United Nations secretary general. He has served on the Global Commission of Women’s Health, the Advisory Council for Sustainable Economic Development, and the U.N. Expert Group on Women and Finance. Yunus is the recipient of numerous international awards for his ideas and endeavors, including the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.