December 7, 2017

Former first lady and daughters to speak at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Former first lady Mrs. Laura W. Bush and her daughters, Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, will speak at Purdue University on Oct. 18. 

“Women in the White House and Beyond: A Conversation with Mrs. Laura W. Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager” is presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of History as part of the Sears Lecture Series. 

Ticket availability will be announced by the beginning of fall semester 2018. Event information is available online

Laura W. Bush Laura W. Bush
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Laura Bush, former first lady of the United States, is an advocate for literacy, education and women’s rights. After leaving the White House, president and Mrs. Bush founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. The center is home to the Bush Presidential Museum and Library and the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy center established to solve today’s most pressing challenges by developing leaders, advancing policy and taking action.

Jenna Bush Hager Jenna Bush Hager
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Jenna Hager is a contributing correspondent on NBC's “Today show” and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. She is also the author of The New York Times best seller “Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope,” which she wrote after traveling to Latin America in 2006 as an intern with UNICEF. “Ana's Story” is based on the life of a 17-year-old single mother with HIV who struggles to shield her child from the life she had of abuse and neglect. Hager remains involved with UNICEF and is currently the chair of its Next Generation initiative, which is dedicated to reducing childhood deaths around the world.

Barbara Pierce Bush Barbara Pierce Bush
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Barbara Bush is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, which mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC was founded in 2009 by six twenty-somethings who were challenged by Peter Piot at the aids2031 Young Leaders Summit to engage their generation in solving the world’s biggest health challenges. Bush and her co-founders were united by the belief that health is a human right and that their generation must build the world where this is realized. Since that time, GHC has placed more than 700 young leaders on the front lines of health equity in Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia and the United States, developing a cadre of creative, effective, and compassionate change makers.

The Sears Lecture Series was established by Louis Martin Sears. He established the series to present public lectures free of charge. Sears was a faculty member in the then-joint Department of History and Political Science from 1920 until his retirement in 1956. Sears specialized in diplomatic history and biography and was the author of numerous books. Purdue's history and political science departments present the series bearing his name. 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723,

Source: Kati Pratt, director of marketing and communication in the College of Liberal Arts, 765-496-7276,

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