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James P. Hoffa Awarded President's Medal

James P. Hoffa receives the President’s Medal from GW President Steven Knapp.On Wednesday, January 29, the George Washington University honored Teamster’s general president James P. Hoffa with the President’s Medal in a ceremony at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center inside Gelman Library.

“George Washington is proud to honor Jim Hoffa as a passionate advocate for social justice and the labor movement, as one of the foremost experts on labor issues, and also as a dedicated partner and friend of this university,” GW President Steven Knapp said. “I’m especially pleased we’re able to hold the ceremony here. This center is a tangible result of our shared commitment with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to preserve the heritage of America’s labor movement.”

GW and the Teamsters launched a joint initiative in 2008 to build an educational and research environment to explore the roles the American labor movement and the Teamsters in particular have played in the development of the United States. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center opened in 2010, and includes photos, historical documents, memorabilia, books, ledgers, tools, and archival materials dating to the Teamsters’ founding in 1903.

Established in 1988, the George Washington University President’s Medal is bestowed by the president of the university to recognize individuals who have exhibited courage, character, and leadership in their chosen fields and who exemplify the ability of all human beings to improve the lives of others.

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