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Bentley Provost Seminar Series Puts Spotlight on Business Social Responsibility

August 19, 2005

WALTHAM, Mass- The Bentley Provost Seminar kicks off its fourth year by examining the role of businesses in reducing poverty and urban violence. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the LaCava Center, Room 325ABC, followed by a reception. It is free and open to the public.


This year's first seminar will feature a lecture by Maria Helena Moreira Alves titled "Implementing Programs of Business Social Responsibility". The event is part of the Provost Seminar Series tradition of promoting practical research that addresses current and future issues in the world of business and society.

Dr. Alves' academic and practical background gives her the knowledge to address the issue of how businesses have the ability to empower civil society organizations that work directly with local people. However, social responsibility can also be interpreted as combating corruption at all levels, private and governmental, that often hinder economic growth and social development. Dr. Alves will explore how businesses can motor for social and political change by working side by side with civil society organizations.

"Ethics and social responsibility is a key component of Bentley's educational portfolio - as is global commerce and culture", says Bentley Provost Robert D. Galliers. "Dr. Alves' seminar combines these two essential features of business education and comes at a time when we are establishing strong links with partner institutions in Brazil."

Dr. Alves was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She grew up in a family of politicians, business entrepreneurs, diplomats, journalists and intellectuals who were part of some of the most crucial moments in their country's history. She came to the United States where she graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Boston with honors. She then received the prestigious Danforth Foundation Human Rights Scholarship to continue her studies at MIT where she received a Masters in Philosophy and a PHD in political science. Dr. Alves returned to Brazil to teach Political Economy at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, but has continued her academic ties to the United States as a Visiting Professor with many universities.

Currently Maria Helena Moreira Alves works with non-profit institutions in Rio de Janeiro, and is an international representative for Viva Rio, one of the largest NGOs in Brazil, dedicated to lessen urban violence through human security programs. She is among several internationally recognized professionals and researchers invited to Bentley this year to discuss topics for scholars and practitioners dedicated to a transdisciplinary treatment of key issues in the modern world.

Pre-registration is required. Please RSVP for the seminar and reception to Diane Whelan, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at (phone) 781-891-2471 or email:

For directions to Bentley call 781-891-2100 or online at:


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