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November 19, 2011
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President Bill Clinton
President Bill Clinton delivered a message of cooperation and equality among many other topics for the 25th anniversary of the Ubben Lecture.
CLINTON: "I know what I want your world to look like, a generation from now, and if I could do it five minutes from now. I want a world of shared opportunities, shared prosperity, and shared responsibilities. A world with a sense of community that embraces all the myriad diversities of the human species. A world that has a profound sense of obligation to the future. A world that uses the earth we have been given but also preserves it for future generations. A world where we celebrate our differences but understand that the only reason we can celebrate them, is that we know our common humanity matters more."
Clinton challenged students to think about how to make these things happen for future generations.
At the end of President Clinton’s speech he addressed selected questions from DePauw students, moderated by DePauw Alum Vernon Jordan. Student questions came from John Hopkins class of 2012, Matt Hellmann class of 2013, Kin Kin Lang 2013, and Anisha Yadav class of 2013.
Vernon Jordan Returns to DePauw
Friend and adviser to President Bill Clinton and 1957 graduate from DePauw University, Vernon Jordan introduced President Clinton at yesterday’s Ubben Lecture. The lecture with the 42nd President of the United States marked the 25th anniversary of the Ubben Lecture Series. Jordan, who told the audience some of his most influential memories at DePauw, was excited to be back on campus:
"Well it’s always fun, fulfilling, exciting to return to DePauw. It was especially so today because I had the opportunity to the DePauw community, number one my friend, and number two the 42nd President of the Unites States."
Jordan asked a series of questions after the President’s speech, all of which were written by current DePauw students. He was positive about President’s Clinton’s remarks and thinks that they will help students become more proactive both on campus and in their outside lives.
"Well I think the things he said you should think about as you contemplate what you want to do and that you should try to be a problem-solver to make things happen. And I thought that was right on message."
President Clinton’s speech lasted a little over an hour, and nearly all 5,000 seats were filled in the Lilly gymnasium.