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Author Bob Harris to speak at Olivet College
Mar 08, 2012

Author Bob Harris will speak as part of Olivet College’s Lecture and Symposium Series Wednesday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. in Mott Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

In 2008, Harris was hired by Forbes Traveler to circle the globe while helping to compile their annual list of the finest accommodations on Earth, but was instead overwhelmed by the brutal contrast between the world’s rich and poor. As a result, Harris has now lent every dime of his Forbes paychecks in small amounts to more than 1,500 entrepreneurs in 52 countries on five continents via the online lending platforms Kiva.org, Babyloan.org, and Rangde.org; then lent the money out a second time, once the first round of loans was repaid. To date, every single loan has been paid back.

Harris’ lecture is based on his book, “The 1st International Bank of Bob,” published by Bloomsbury in 2011. The book describes his travels across five continents to follow the online loan process from his own desk to the ultimate recipients.

In addition to his work in global microfinance, Harris is a comedian, TV writer (“Bones,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”), New York Times contributor, quiz show champ (“Jeopardy!,” “Greed”), and former AP award-winning syndicated radio commentator.

For more information on the lecture, call (269) 749-7131.


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