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March 2: Former President Bush speaks at Butler

Honored sesquicentennial speaker and former President George H.W. Bush will speak at Butler University in an event co-sponsored by the Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series.

When: Thursday March 2, 7:00 PM (Attendees will need to be seated for the event by 6:30 p.m.)

Where: Butler University Hinkle Fieldhouse

George Bush was elected President of the United States in 1988 and served until 1993. He had previously served as vice president under President Ronald Reagan from 1981-1989. President Bush’s career in politics and public service began in 1963, and it has never really ended. Since leaving office, President Bush has written two books — A World Transformed, co-authored with General Brent Scowcroft, on foreign policy during his administration, and All The Best, a collection of letters written throughout his life. He has visited 56 foreign countries, most of the 50 states and has helped to raise millions of dollars for a variety of charitable organizations, including relief from the 2004 Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.

You'll have several opportuities to see American statesmen and political leaders. You can compare former president Bush with Senator Lugar February 19, former Rep. J.C. Watts January 30, Indiana Rep. Dan Burton at the Citizen Diplomacy Summit on April 3, and USAID head Randall Tobias May 15.

As you can imagine, there is a lot written about George Bush I. I would recommend looking at this New Yorker article about the foreign policy views of his foreign policy alter-ego, Brent Scowcroft. HW is loyal to his son, but there have to be times when dad shakes his head in confusion and dismay over current US foreign policy. Wonder if he will talk about that at Butler?
This event is free, but getting a ticket will be a chore.

Alumni, faculty, staff and students can obtain tickets at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office on Monday, Jan. 23, 2006. There will be two distribution times: at 8 a.m., with lines forming at 7 a.m., and at 6 p.m., with lines forming at 5:30 p.m. (An equal number of tickets will be distributed during both distribution times.) Faculty, staff and students must show a Butler identification card. Alumni will need to bring the 10-digit code from the address label on any issue of Butler Magazine to obtain tickets at the box office.

A limited number of tickets will be distributed to out-of-town alumni through an e-mail request system. For the purposes of this event, "out of town" means more than 30 miles from campus. To request these tickets, send an e-mail to presidentialtickets@butler.edu, on Jan. 23, 2006. The e-mail must contain your name, class year and mailing address. These tickets will be distributed first-come/first-served, based on the date/time stamp on your e-mail. You will be notified as to whether or not we are able to fulfill your request no later than Feb. 5.

On Feb. 6, remaining tickets will be made available to the general public beginning at 8 a.m. (line forms at 7 a.m.) at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office. (It will be interesting to see how the lines compare to the queues who waited forBill Clinton tickets in the fall.)

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I got my tickets from work, now I just have to skip a meeting and take off a little early to attend. I am very interested to find out what topic he will discuss.

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