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Highland Capital Management Lecture: Understanding the Border

Former U.S. Congressman Will Hurd headlines expert discussion on the incredible biodiversity, agricultural strength, and the diversity of culture of our southern border, will also focus on the people who live and work along the border

June 9, 2021

DALLAS – On June 14, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will present the Highland Capital Management Lecture, “Understanding the Border: A Conversation on Life, Culture and Commerce,” as a part of the Engage at the Bush Center series. We are welcoming attendees to the Bush Center in person for a conversation on the richness of our southern border region with Mexico.

Texas Tribune CEO and Co-Founder Evan Smith will lead the discussion with former U.S. Congressman Will Hurd, former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez, conservationist and film producer Jay Kleberg (The River and the Wall), and Adair Margo, who has been involved in the El Paso/Juarez border community her entire life. She founded the Adair Margo Gallery in 1985 and co-authored an oral history of the region with renowned local artist Tom Lea.

In a companion event to the Bush Center’s special exhibit on immigration and President Bush’s new book, Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants, the conversation will tackle how to thoughtfully secure and manage a diverse border region, and how to protect and preserve the land itself. The conversation will also focus on the people who live and work along the border, and the diversity of culture that makes the region unique. The panel will examine topics such as the economy, food, the arts, and education, while also touching on policy that can help us facilitate a more efficient and compassionate immigration system.

The Engage at the Bush Center, Presented by Highland Capital Management series brings newsmakers, thought leaders, and authors to the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Thought-provoking — and often entertaining — panel discussions and keynote conversations allow our guests to connect with the Bush Center in a meaningful way and dive deeper into many of today’s most pressing policy areas and issues.

Tune in virtually at https://www.bushcenter.org/exhibits-and-events/events/2021/06/understanding-the-border.html, or join us in person by RSVPing at the credential link below.

WHAT:            Highland Capital Management Lecture: Understanding the Border

WHERE:          George W. Bush Presidential Center

                             2943 SMU Boulevard

                     Dallas, TX 75205

Media will meet at the Bush Center loading dock. Directions and logistics will be sent out once credentials close.

WHEN:           Monday, June 14

                           6:30 p.m. CDT

Media RSVP:  https://forms.bushcenter.org/forms/gwbpc-media 

Media should apply for credentials no later than Friday, June 11.

Media logistics will be sent out once credentials close. For more information, please visit https://www.bushcenter.org/exhibits-and-events/events/2021/06/understanding-the-border.html or contact Kinsey Clemmer at [email protected] (580-351-7088).

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About the Bush Center:

Rooted in the guiding principles of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, the George W. Bush Presidential Center engages communities in the United States and around the world by developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. Through three Impact Centers – Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and an Engagement Agenda – the Bush Institute delivers measurable results that save and improve lives. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute, the nonpartisan, public-policy arm of the Bush Center. The Bush Center is located on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park; Café 43, a full-service restaurant; and a Museum Store.