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Executive Director, James R. Otteson interviewing Muhammad Yunus about meaning, purpose, identity and empowerment through microcredit.


December 6, 2017:

4:00pm Wait Chapel

Join us for the inaugural Noesis Lecture delivered by Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Professor Yunus will discuss his life’s work and his vision for a world of zero poverty.

Professor Yunus is the father of microcredit, the father of social business, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus as “one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time.”

A Fulbright Scholar at Vanderbilt University, Professor Yunus received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1969.


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Higher Education Notebook: Nobel Peace Prize winner to speak at WFU

Muhammad Yunus, an economist who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for founding the global microfinance movement, will discuss his life’s work and his vision for “A World of Zero Poverty on Dec. 6 at Wake Forest University.

Yunus will give the inaugural Noesis Lecture at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Often called the “banker of the poor” and the father of social business, Yunus founded the Grameen Bank as a nonprofit in Bangladesh to provide small, collateral-free loans to the poor, mostly women, to start their own businesses. The bank became a model for combating poverty through micro-lending.

“We are incredibly excited to launch the Noesis Lecture Series by bringing a Nobel laureate like Professor Yunus to Wake Forest,” said Adam Hyde, assistant director of the Eudaimonia Institute.