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The Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In the World

October 19, 2017 - October 19, 2017

From Jazz at Lincoln Center's Fredrick P. Rose Hall in New York.
Read a transcript of President and Mrs. Bush's remarks

Call to Action

The Bush Institute has released a call-to-action paper which outlines several areas for action by government and the private sector, by institutions and individuals, to celebrate, protect, and extend the spirit of liberty at home and in the world.

Read the paper

On Thursday, October 19, the George W. Bush Institute hosted The Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In the World, a national forum in New York City focused on freedom, free markets, and security.

The event included remarks by President George W. Bush, remarks by Mrs. Laura Bush, as well as a conversation on American leadership with United States Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

There was also be a panel discussion on domestic issues featuring: Jean Case, Chief Executive Officer, Case Foundation and Chairman of the National Geographic Society; Mel Martinez, Chairman of the Southeast & Latin America for JPMorgan Chase & Co., former United States Senator and former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Wes Moore, CEO, Robin Hood Foundation; and Jeffrey Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Constitution Center.

The event brought together top business leaders, scholars, policymakers, and others to look practically and optimistically at the challenges democracy is facing here and around the world. The forum is part of an effort by the Bush Institute to affirm American values of freedom and free markets, strengthen the institutions that secure these values at home, and help create a new consensus that spreads them abroad.

PROGRAM AGENDA 

Welcome Remarks by Ken Hersh, President and Chief Executive Officer, George W. Bush Presidential Center
Remarks by Mrs. Laura Bush

The Spirit of Liberty in the World: American Interests, American Leadership

Nikki Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Madeleine K. Albright, 64th United States Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice, 66th United States Secretary of State
Moderator – Amanda Schnetzer, Director, Global Initiatives, George W. Bush Institute

The Spirit of Liberty at Home: Delivering on Democracy’s Promise

Mel Martinez, Chairman of the Southeast & Latin America for JPMorgan Chase & Co., former United States Senator, and former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Jean Case, Chief Executive Officer, Case Foundation and Chairman of the National Geographic Society
Wes Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Robin Hood Foundation
Jeffrey Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Constitution Center

 Remarks by Tom Bernstein, Chair, Human Freedom Advisory Council, George W. Bush Institute
 Remarks by President George W. Bush
 Closing Remarks by Holly Kuzmich, Executive Director and Senior Vice President, George W. Bush Institute

Sponsors

Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Steel

Beth and Leonard Wilf