Date April 4, 2018
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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to visit Brown on April 25

In the 97th Ogden Memorial Lecture, the former governor and U.S. presidential candidate will discuss the need to rebuild U.S. institutions and support opportunities for success for all Americans.

Jeb BushPROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Former two-term Florida Governor Jeb Bush will visit Brown University on Wednesday, April 25, to deliver the 97th Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs.

In a presentation titled “Leadership in a Changing World,” Bush will share his insights for rebuilding U.S. institutions and supporting opportunities for success for all Americans. Brown President Christina Paxson will moderate an audience question-and-answer session following his remarks.

Bush served as the 43rd governor of the state of Florida from 1999 through 2006. He was the third Republican elected to the state’s highest office and the first Republican in Florida history to be reelected. In 2016, Bush ran for the Republican presidential nomination that ultimately went to Donald Trump.

Prior to his run for president and his terms as governor, Bush was a business leader and entrepreneur, serving as the vice president of Texas Commerce Bank and the co-founder of Codina Bush Group, a real estate development company in South Florida. He is the second son of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and younger brother to former President George W. Bush.

Bush has written three books focused on public policy: “Profiles in Character,” “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution,” and “Reply All: A Governor’s Story 1999-2007.” He is also the founder and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national nonprofit education reform organization.

The Wednesday, April 25, event at Brown will take place at 5:00 p.m. at the Salomon Center for Teaching’s De Ciccio Family Auditorium. It is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. The event will also be live-streamed on the Brown website.

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The Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture

Since 1965, the Ogden Lectureship has presented the University and its neighboring communities with authoritative and timely addresses about international affairs. The lectureship was established in memory of Stephen A. Ogden Jr., a member of the Brown Class of 1960, who died in 1963 from injuries he suffered in a car accident during his junior year. His family created the series as a tribute to Ogden’s interest in advancing international peace and understanding.

Dozens of heads of state, diplomats and observers of the international scene have participated in the series, including former British Prime Minister David Cameron, Queen Noor of Jordan, former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, media innovator Ted Turner, astronaut Sen. John Glenn, economist Paul Volcker, Bolivian President Evo Morales, former prime minister of Italy Romano Prodi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, former U.N. Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon and His Highness the Aga Khan.