Friday, October 5, 2012

Bush Daughter to Speak at UNE

(photo courtesy of UNE website)

 The Power of Compassion and How it Can Change Lives

BIDDEFORD - Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, will speak at the University of New England on Monday, October 8, at 5:30 p.m. Her talk, on “The Power of Compassion and How it Can Change Lives,” will be at the Harold Alfond Forum on the Biddeford Campus.
Hager is a correspondent for NBC News. The graduate of the University of Texas, where she received a degree in English, covers a variety of human interest and feature stories.
In 2006, she traveled to Latin America as an intern with UNICEF. During her journey, she was inspired to write “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope,” a New York Times bestseller based on the life of a 17-year-old single mother living with HIV and determined to shield her child from the abuse and neglect that riddled her own childhood. Hager is still very involved with UNICEF and is currently the chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation, an initiative dedicated to reducing the number of preventable childhood deaths around the world.
In addition to “Ana’s Story,” Hager is the co-author with her mother of “Read All About It!” The educational children’s book was inspired by Hager and her mother’s mutual love of reading and teaching.
The 2012 Bush Distinguished Lecture coincides with Family First for a First Family – The Ties That Bind: A Family Album, an exhibit honoring the life and times of the 41st President, at the George and Barbara Bush Center Gallery on UNE’s Biddeford Campus. Family First for a First Family is a photo essay conceived as an inspirational tribute to a marriage and family life that have known not only extraordinary acclaim, success, and joy, but also disheartening trial, tribulation, and tragedy.
This is the third speaker in the George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture Series, an annual event honoring the legacy of President and Mrs. Bush as political and community leaders. Last year’s lecture, which was attended by George and Barbara Bush, featured Andrew H. Card Jr., who served as White House chief of staff under President George W. Bush from 2001 until 2006.
The lecture and gallery are free and open to the public. The Bush Center Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.