Around SFS: BMW Center 20th, President Uribe and Living Wage Sweatshirts
SFS’ BMW Center for German and European Studies celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding this fall. It also marked the 20th anniversary of the unification of East Germany and West Germany through events and activities that included a partnership with the Breakthrough Art Organization for an exhibit, 20 Years after German Unification: Critical Perspectives of Berlin Artists. In the photo, BMW AG Senior Vice President Franz Cremer (left) speaks with Gerald Adam Hahn, one of the featured artists.
Georgetown welcomed the former president of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe Velez, to campus this fall. As a Distinguished Scholar in the Practice of Global Leadership, President Uribe gave numerous lectures and presentations. “It is a great honor to participate in this prestigious Georgetown University program, sharing my experience with younger generations,” he said. “My greatest wish and happiness is to contribute in the continuous emergence of future leaders.”
A new apparel factory in the Dominican Republic is founded on high labor principles: payment of a living wage, freedom of association and respect for the rights of workers. The products are destined for the collegiate market, where student activism is strong and passionate consumers pay premium prices. Professor of International Business Diplomacy John M. Kline’s special publication Alta Gracia: Branding Decent Working Conditions asks the question, Will College Loyalty Embrace ‘Living Wage’ Sweatshirts? The publication received media attention this fall; it can be downloaded in its entirety at http://ibd.georgetown.edu.