Bono: A Lesson in Giving Back Set for Tuesday, Oct. 30

Bono, lead singer of U2 and noted humanitarian, will present a lecture, A Lesson in Giving Back, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, as a guest of Claremont McKenna College at Bridges Auditorium. Bono was named Time Magazine’s 2005 Person of the Year (shared with Bill and Melinda Gates), and has received the Legion d’Honneur from the French government and an honorary British knighthood earlier this year.

Formed in 1978, U2 has sold more than 140 million albums and won 22 Grammy awards to date. In addition to his significant cultural impact through U2, Bono is a well-known advocate in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa.

In 2002, he co-founded DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) to raise public awareness of the issues in its name, and influence government policy on Africa. On behalf of DATA, Bono has lobbied U.S. Presidents and Congressional leaders, along with the heads of many other G8 nations. DATA is a founding member of the One Campaign to Make Poverty History, part of a global network of millions of people campaigning against extreme poverty.

In 2006, Bono with Bobby Shriver launched Product (RED) to raise money from businesses to buy AIDS drugs for people in Africa unable to afford them. Product (RED) have an ongoing relationship with a number of iconic global brands who sell (RED) products and donate a percentage of the profits directly to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The lecture is free of charge, with one ticket reserved for every Claremont McKenna College student, faculty, and staff. CMC students will be seated together on the main floor, with ticket distribution handled earlier this month by the Office of the Dean of Students. CMC faculty and staff tickets also were distributed in early October. In addition, approximately 600 tickets were provided to other students within The Claremont Colleges, with distribution handled by the individual Deans of Students offices in October.

Remote feeds to the presentation at Bridges will be provided at two locations and are free and open to the public on a first-come basis: Rose Hills Auditorium (located within Pomona College’s Smith Center) and McKenna Auditorim, located on the CMC campus.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.