May 2, 2007
Vol. 22 , No. 08
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Embracing Our Common Humanity
WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2007
BRIDGES AUDITORIUM, 4:30 p.m.
William Jefferson Clinton, born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas, graduated from Georgetown University and in 1968 won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. He received a law degree from Yale University in 1973, and shortly thereafter entered politics in Arkansas.
In 1975 he married Hillary Rodham, a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School. In 1980, Chelsea, their only child, was born. Clinton was elected Arkansas Attorney General in 1976, and won the governorship in 1978. After losing a bid for a second term, he regained the office four years later, and served until his 1992 bid for the Presidency of the United States.
Elected President of the United States in 1992, and again in 1996, President Clinton was the first Democratic president to be awarded a second term in six decades. His key initiatives of building community, creating opportunity, and demanding responsibility moved the nation from record deficits to record surpluses; lowered levels of unemployment, poverty, and crime; and created an unprecedented 22 million jobs and the highest homeownership and college enrollment rates in history.
After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. The Clinton Presidential Center, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, is comprised of the Library, the archives, Clinton Foundation offices, and the Clinton School of Public Service.
Following the 2002 Barcelona AIDS Conference, President Clinton began the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) to assist countries in implementing large-scale, integrated, care, treatment, and prevention programs that will turn the tide on the epidemic. In September 2005, he hosted the inaugural meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a non-partisan catalyst for action, bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. President Clinton also works through the Clinton Foundation Urban Enterprise Initiative to help small businesses acquire the tools they need to compete in the ever-changing urban marketplace, and with the American Heart Association on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to combat childhood obesity.
Following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, President Clinton and former President Bush led a nation-wide fundraising effort and established the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to assist survivors in the rebuilding effort. This campaign was the second collaboration for the former presidents, the first being their work on relief and recovery following the Indian Ocean tsunami. President Clinton also served as Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, as appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2005.
William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, will speak at Bridges Auditorium on Sunday, April 15, as a guest of Claremont McKenna College. Doors at Bridges open at 3 p.m. The presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m.
The event is free but tickets are required. Due to strong interest from the Claremont McKenna community, lecture seating is limited to CMC students, faculty, staff, and invited guests.
The public is invited to hear Mr. Clinton's lecture in a live remote broadcast at two locations on campus: Mary Pickford Auditorium and The Forum. Tickets are not required for the remote broadcasts, however, seating is on a first-come basis. Doors for the remote locations will open at 3:30 p.m.