Former first lady Laura Bush, known as a champion of children's
education, human rights and health-care initiatives here and
abroad, will speak in the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena at 8
p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, as part of UB's Distinguished Speakers
Her efforts have earned her honors from the United Nations, the
Elie Wiesel Foundation, the Kuwait-American Foundation, Vanderbilt
University and the American Library Association, among others.
Bush has never courted controversy and revealed little of
herself to the public during her husband's administration. In spite
of that, she was a wildly popular figure. Post-administration
commentators and readers of her autobiographical book, "Spoken from
the Heart," have found that the former First Lady has a mind of her
own and supports a number of progressive positions, such as those
on Roe v. Wade, same-sex marriage, Elena Kagan's appointment to the
Supreme Court and disagreement with Arizona's immigration law.
While not particularly candid about some issues, Bush has what
one reporter has called "a keener eye, a readier laugh and a
sharper tongue" than many may have assumed.
Bush's lecture is expected to start at approximately 8:10 p.m.
During the program, audio and/or video photography, as well as
still photography, will be limited to the first five minutes of her
Working media may reserve tickets for the program by contacting
Christine Vidal in the UB Office of Communications at 645-4607 or
firstname.lastname@example.org no later
than noon on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Reserved tickets may be picked up at
the will-call window in Alumni Arena prior to the program. Media
may need to show press credentials in order to be admitted to the