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C-Span to Videotape Bentley Class Book Discussions with Pietra Rivoli, Author of "The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Powers and Politics of World Trade,"

August 28, 2006

Pietra Rivoli, author of "The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Powers and Politics of World Trade (Wiley, 2006)," will participate in a series of "Community Conversations" with first year Bentley students on Thursday, August 31, as part of their class book program. The program requires incoming freshman to read a selected book during the summer as part of their undergraduate studies. The sessions will include small group discussions facilitated by faculty and staff members. C-Span will videotape the discussions for broadcast on Book TV, which airs each weekend on C-SPAN2.

On August 30, Rivoli, Associate Professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, will also take part in conversations with Bentley faculty and staff from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the Graduate Commons, Adamian Academic Center. A reception and book signing will follow.

"The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy," uses a simple t-shirt to offer lessons about the highly competitive global marketplace. Over a five year period, Rivoli followed the life of a t-shirt, traveling from a Texas cotton field to a Chinese factory to a used clothing market in Africa. Along the way she investigated compelling questions about the politics, economics, ethics and the history of today's international business landscape.

Rivoli specializes in corporate and international finance as well as ethical and social issues in business. She teaches corporate finance and international finance at Georgetown and has been the recipient of teaching awards at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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