February 19, 2008 | York College
Almost 1,000 devotees of 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Muhammad Yunus filled York College’s Performing Arts Center Auditorium to capacity recently during his inspirational message of peace and harmony. Dr. Yunus, a banker and economist, is famous for extending small loans or micro credit to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional loans. The founder of Grameen Bank, Yunus and the Bank were jointly awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.”
Dr. Yunus spoke about his latest book, “Creating a World Without Poverty” and how to use markets to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and inequality. Peace and harmony were recurring themes. More than once Dr. Yunus said: “Achieving one’s own happiness should not take away someone else’s happiness.”
CUNY Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Dr. Selma Botman presented Dr. Yunus with CUNY’s highest honor, the Chancellor’s Medal.
Dr. Yunus’ appearance launched a major scholarship program at York for the children of Grameen Bank members and a summer internship interchange program for York students going to Bangladesh and Bangladeshi students coming to New York.