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Micro-Finance: Your Chance to be an Agent of Change (just Like a Nobel Prize winner!)

Dr. Muhammad Yunus

January 30, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Rochester College Auditorium
Presenter: Jaymes Vettraino

The presentation will explore the influence of Muhammad Yunus, innovator of modern micro-finance. Dr. Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983 with the objective of helping people escape from poverty by providing them small loans with reasonable terms. This idea, known as micro-finance, earned Dr. Yunus the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 and inspired a generation of social entrepreneurs to think differently about microloans and social change. With the availability of tools like Kiva.org, everyone can now be a micro-financier and an agent of social good change for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

About the Speaker: Jaymes joined Rochester College as its first Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship and as an Assistant Professor, where he is accelerating the College’s development of students that have a passion for working in the social and community service sector. He is married to Lynne and they have two children, Lia and J.J. If you are interested in learning more about Social Entrepreneurship, please follow the SE at RC Facebook page where Jaymes posts information from classes and popular social enterprise news articles.


Same Song, Different Verses: the Anti-Catholic and Anti-Islamic Movements in America

February 26, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Rochester College Auditorium
Presenter: Dr. Keith Huey

Foreign conspiracy theories have been a standard part of American life, and each generation has defined itself against the foil of a different mortal enemy. We will consider this American tradition, with special attention to the anti-Catholic conspiracy theories of the 19th century and the anti-Islamic conspiracy theories of the 21st century. We will discuss the recurring themes and hopefully get a better perspective on our present-day situation.

About the Speaker: Dr. Keith Huey is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion and Bible at Rochester College. Keith is interested in missions, international studies, world religions, and interfaith dialogue. Keith also serves as an elder at Rochester Church of Christ.