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President Bill Clinton to speak at 20th anniversary of The Connecticut Forum at The Bushnell

Hartford, CT - The Connecticut Forum and The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate 20 years of Forum events at The Bushnell March 16, 2012 at 7 p.m. with a speech by President Bill Clinton.

President Clinton will speak on "Embracing our Common Humanity." Following his speech, he will answer questions from the audience. Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 3 at 10 a.m. at The Bushnell Box Office, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, by phone at (860) 987-5900 or online at www.bushnell.org.

President Clinton served the United States for eight years during a time of unprecedented prosperity and change. Now, he is a powerful voice for progress around the world, sharing his unique insights and observations with audiences around the world. President Clinton's public speeches describe the challenge of globalization, emphasize our growing interdependence, and point the way toward a common future based on shared goals and values.

The very first Connecticut Forum event at The Bushnell, on October 16, 1992, was entitled "The Changing Political Landscape." Speakers included John Sununu, former Chief of Staff under President George H.W. Bush, former Senator William Proxmire (D-Wisconsin), and Ron Brown, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

"Every year we ask our audience who they would like to see at The Connecticut Forum, and every year for 20 years the most popular answer by far has been President Bill Clinton," said Richard Sugarman, The Forum's founding president. "We are always responsive to our audience's wishes, so here he is!  We couldn't be more thrilled."

"Over the years, The Connecticut Forum has brought some of the world's leading thinkers on a wide range of topics to The Bushnell," said David R. Fay, President and CEO of The Bushnell. "We are proud to partner with one of the state's finest organizations to bring the diverse array of thought-provoking forums we have had in Mortensen Hall over the past two decades. We are honored to have President Clinton join us to help celebrate our 20-year partnership with the Connecticut Forum."

About The Connecticut Forum

The Connecticut Forum is a non-profit organization that serves Connecticut and beyond with live, unscripted panel discussions among renowned experts and celebrities. Its mission: to encourage the free and active exchange of ideas in Forums that inform, challenge, entertain, inspire and build bridges among all people and organizations in our community. The Connecticut Forum fulfills its mission through high-profile, live panel discussions and community outreach programs, including the award-winning CT YOUTH Forum serving 750 high school students from more than 40 schools.

About The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

Celebrating 80 years, The Bushnell is Connecticut's premier performing arts center, hosting more than 350 events yearly, including major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, family presentations, local arts and community events. The Bushnell is home to two theaters - the historic 2,800-seat Mortensen Hall, and the 907-seat Belding Theater, a state-of-the-art performance hall that opened in 2001. The Bushnell's nationally recognized, award-winning, arts-in-education program, PARTNERS (Partners in Arts and Education Revitalizing Schools), now in its 19th year, continues to provide quality arts-in-education programs for schools and communities across Connecticut. The Bushnell opened in January 1930 and is a not-for-profit organization that is proud to serve Connecticut and its citizens. For more information, call The Bushnekll at (860) 987-6000, The Bushnell Box Office at (860) 987-5900 or visit the website at www.bushnell.org.

About President Clinton

William Jefferson Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice - first in 1992 and then in 1996. Under his leadership, the country enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.

After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative (formerly the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative) which is helping 4 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving drugs.

Other initiatives - including the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Development Initiative, and the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative - are applying a business-oriented approach worldwide to fight climate change and develop sustainable economic growth in Africa and Latin America. As a project of the Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and is helping individuals and families succeed and small businesses grow.

In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has joined with former President George H.W. Bush three times - after the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008 - to help raise money for recovery efforts and served as the U.N. Envoy for Tsunami Recovery.

Building on his longstanding commitment to Hait as President and through his Foundation, President Clinton was named U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti in 2009 to assist the government and the people of Haiti as they "build back better" after a series of hurricanes battered the country in 2008. Following this year's devastating earthquake, President Clinton dedicated Clinton Foundation resources to help with immediate and long term relief and assistance, and at the request of President Obama, joined with President George W. Bush to establish the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which supports highly effective organizations on the ground in long-term rebuilding efforts.

President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his wife Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, New York.