UC Berkeley News Brief
Natalie Portman campaigns on campus for poverty-busting micro-loans
BERKELEY – A line of several hundred UC Berkeley students snaked around central campus Monday evening (Oct. 1) to hear actress Natalie Portman talk about the power of micro-lending to alleviate global poverty. Those who couldn't squeeze into Sibley Auditorium, where the presentation was held, watched the Golden Globe Award-winner on a giant screen in the lobby.
(Yasmin Anwar/UC Berkeley photo)
Portman talked about her international travels for FINCA and the women she has seen empowered through small business micro-loans. After her presentation, she took questions from audience members and was impressed with their gravitas.
"I was really scared that there would be a Star Wars fan and no one would be interested in my cause," she told the crowd. "I admire you all for your passion and interest."