Former First Lady Coming to Butler

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Former First Lady Laura Bush is scheduled to deliver a presentation this evening at Butler University. The speech is part of the school's Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series. News Release

Originally Posted January 15, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Former First Lady Laura Bush will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in Clowes Memorial Hall as part of Butler University's Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series.

Admission is free, but tickets are required.

For more information about the diversity series, call (317) 940-6570.

One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. The author of the bestselling memoir Spoken From The Heart, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

Today, as the Chair of the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America's military.

Born in Midland, Texas, to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education and a master’s degree in library science. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian.In 1977, she married George W. Bush.The Bushes are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna.

Please note: Large bags (over 12 inches) and backpacks will not be allowed in the auditorium for this event. Patrons will be asked to take them back to their vehicles or dormitories if they arrive with them in hand.

The Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series is a collaborative diversity initiative between Butler University and the Office of the Mayor of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Citizens Energy Group, Indianapolis Power & Light Co., Old National Bank, Kroger Inc., Radio One, and The Columbia Club.

About Butler University

Butler is a nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Together, these colleges offer more than 60 undergraduate areas of study, eight pre-professional programs, and 19 graduate programs. Around 4,700 students are enrolled at Butler, representing 45 states and 49 countries. Ninety-five percent of Butler students will have participated in some form of internship, student teaching, clinical rotation, research, or service learning by the time they graduate. This community-centered immersion is coupled with classroom learning that nurtures critical thinking, effective communication, cooperative teamwork, and ethical decision making to prepare students for both professional success and to have lasting impact in their communities. Butler's overall placement rate for the class of 2012 was 94 percent, including 19 percent who went on to graduate or professional school.

Source: Butler University