|5:00 pm-6:30 pm||Textiles, Clothing and Design Lecture HOME ECONOMICS BUILDING|
The Department of Textiles, Clothing & Design will host a talk by Dr. Pietra Rivoli, Professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and author of Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of World Trade (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 in Room 11 in the Home Economics building on East Campus.
Professor Rivoli specializes in corporate and international finance as well as ethical and social issues related to finance. Professor Rivoli has served on the Georgetown faculty since 1983 where she teaches corporate and international finance. Her recent research has been published in Business Ethics Quarterly and the Journal of International Business Studies. Professor Rivoli is also involved in social issues at Georgetown, including the University’s Licensing Oversight Committee, which overseas workplace issues for GU apparel producers, the University’s Committee for Social Responsibility in Investing, and the Vital Voices partnership, a University initiative in executive education for women from developing countries. Professor Rivoli teaches at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive level, and has been the recipient of teaching awards at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
About Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of World Trade Professor Rivoli reflects: “I wrote this book through tumultuous and often tragic times, through 9/11 and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, through terrorist bombs in Europe and through a bitter contested election in America. But as I traveled from a Texas cotton farm to a Chinese factory, from Washington bureaucrats to a third-generation used-clothing dealer descended from Jewish immigrants, to Muslim importers in East Africa, I kept marveling at how well everyone got along. While bombs were dropping, these Muslims, Jews, blacks, and whites stayed friends because of my T-shirt. The yarn and cloth and clothing bound them together, world trade bound them together. They had no choice but to keep talking to one another. The little guys got along just fine while the big guys were fighting. Whatever the debates about trade, it was clear to me after my travels that trade is very clearly an instrument of peace and understanding. I feel privileged that everyone I wrote about is my friend now, and I hope the readers like all of the players in my T-shirt's life story as much as I do.”
Following are several review excerpts of her book:
"The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is an excellent piece of work - a thorough, lucid and (best of all) honest examination of how politics and economics intertwine in the real world." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
“Engrossing….(Rivoli) goes wherever the t-shirt goes and there are surprises around every corner…full of memorable characters and vivid scenes” (TIME)
"Her nuanced and fair-minded approach is all the more powerful for eschewing the pretense of ideological absolutism, and her telescopic look through a single industry has all the makings of an economics classic." (New York Times)
University Bookstore will be on hand to sell copies of Dr. Rivoli’s book that she will autograph following the talk.
For further information, please phone TCD at 472-2911.