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Bush Library Presents Global Issues Forum

For Release: June 10, 2002
College Station, TX -

Recent developments have our nationally elected officials facing problems that threaten our country's prosperity and could leave us shrouded in uncertainty. This summer, residents of the Bryan-College Station area will be given the opportunity to discuss what steps should be taken to resolve some of the issues facing the United States in the 21st Century.

On Monday, June 10, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will host the first of three Global Issues Forums. The concept behind the forums is to inform the community of current international dilemmas through a series of public conversations. The goal is to create an environment in which participants can learn the background behind certain topics and then exchange ideas to make informed decisions regarding solutions.

Library and Museum Director Douglas Menarchik commented, "This is a different concept for us because it's the first interactive program that we have had. This event is for citizens interested in these issues to openly discuss and evaluate them with experts in the field."

Participants can expect to view a film and read detailed profiles dealing with the issue at hand. Upon completion, the group will engage in an interactive discussion with an experienced moderator, during which all arguments are weighed and a consensus is eventually reached.

There are three sessions scheduled for this summer. The June 10 session will focus on terrorism. The second session will be on July 8, and will revolve around U.S./China relations. Wrapping up the series will be a discussion of U.S./Russia relations scheduled for August 12. All sessions will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum's Orientation Theater. There is a cost of $7.50 per person to cover the cost of supplies, including the reading materials that participants will be able to keep.

The Global Issues Forum is the latest installment in the Presidential Library and Museum's series of programs and special events. Other activities include the Classic Film Series, the Bush Library Storyteller's Guild, and the annual Fourth of July Celebration.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas 77845
Telephone: (979) 691-4000 | Facsimile: (979) 691-4050 | TTY: (979) 691-4091