Updated: Bank of America to host Bono in lecture at GU

BonoUpdated: Communications Director of MSB wrote to Vox yesterday that Bono will not necessarily be talking about social enterprise anymore. “We are still working to finalize the topic of Bono’s remarks,” read the email.

President John J. DeGioia will partner with the Bank of America CEO Brian T. Moynihan to host a lecture with singer and musician Bono on November 12 in Gaston Hall. An email was sent to the study body at 6:30 p.m. today announcing that tickets will be distributed through a lottery system.

Winners will be allowed an extra ticket for another Georgetown student, faculty or staff member. The lottery submissions close this Friday.

Bono plans to talk about “social enterprise initiatives and the power of innovative public-private partnerships to drive long-term social and economic change for the greater good,” according to University spokeswoman Stacy Kerr. Ain’t that a mouthful. [Editor’s note: Scratch that. We still don’t know yet, but announcement will be made next Wednesday.]

The event will be hosted by the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. Bank of America is a founding partner of GSEI. In April 2011, BOA donated $1 million to GSEI, a Georgetown initiative that advocates for current and future stakeholders in the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors to engage in socially and economically responsible behavior.

Bono, lead singer of U2, recently became the world’s richest musician (though not exactly) earlier this year. He is a founding member of Elevation Partners, a private equity firm that invests in intellectual property, media, and entertainment companies. Elevation invested $210 million in Facebook, which eventually valued $1.5 billion. Bono’s actual share may amount to much less. CNN Money predicted his return would be approximately $216 million.

Besides his work as a musician, Bono is also well known for being a humanitarian activist. He frequently plays in benefit concerts on the issue of HIV and AIDs in Africa, and co-founded four organizations: DATAEDUN, the ONE Campaign and Product Red.

Blingee by Nick Childress

4 Comments on “Updated: Bank of America to host Bono in lecture at GU

  1. I’d be pro Bono, but the event is sponsored by Bank of America. That gosh-darned corporate sellout.

  2. typical vox move insulting one of the best speakers to come to campus in a while whose name doesn’t start with Hilary Rodham Clifton. I sure hope he doesn’t read this. Ain’t that a mouthful though – I lolled out loud i must admit. And that blingee is offensive to women and takes an age to load.

  3. BOA would hire a pop singer to do their dirty work. Real banks employ bankers.

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