Are you a student who is interested in fair trade, micro-lending or social entrepreneurship?

David Bornstein, a New York-based journalist and author of what has been called “the bible for social entrepreneurship,” will spend several days in the Twin Cities this fall as the visiting scholar for a program sponsored by the Vaclav Havel Civil Society Symposium.

David Bornstein

David Bornstein

Bornstein will speak with students at an informal discussion, hosted by the Justice and Peace Studies Department, on Monday, Oct. 26.

The event will be held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in the Leyden Room, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. Admission is free but registration is required. To register, e-mail Mike Klein.

Bornstein is author of The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank and the more recent How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. He has traveled the world to conduct research and interviews for his books. How to Change the Worldlooks at the growing wave of social entrepreneurism and how creative individuals can bring positive changes to the lives of thousands or even millions of people.

Bornstein also will speak to the public at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at House of Hope Church in St. Paul. His talks on social entrepreneurship will set the stage for the Opus Prize events the following week. 

The Vaclav Havel Civil Society Symposium is a partnership between the University of St. Thomas and the House of Hope Church in cooperation with the Minnesota Czech and Slovak communities.