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The Bush Center Briefing
Volume 2 | Issue 5
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Letter from the CEO
This fall, the George W. Bush Institute published three major reports that reflect the substantive work of our Domestic Excellence and Global Leadership Impact Centers. These policy papers also are tied to our mission of achieving results that improve the lives of Americans and people around the world.
In early October, A Nation Built by Immigrants <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
presented powerful stories of immigrants who are making America a more productive country. The report also debunked myths about immigrants’ role in our economy. And our Economic Growth Initiative team, led by Matthew Rooney and Laura Collins, outlined five recommendations for a pro-growth immigration plan.
Two weeks later, as part of a major New York City forum featuring President and Mrs. George W. Bush, former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, we released The Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In the World. <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
The call-to-action paper by Bush Institute Human Freedom Initiative Fellows Peter Wehner and Thomas Melia affirms our values of freedom, while seeking to fortify the institutions that secure these values at home. The paper also aspires to help create a new consensus that America benefits from strengthening these values worldwide.
Each week in November, we rolled out The A Word: Accountability — The Dirty Word of Today’s Education Reform. <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
The A Word contains interviews with leading educators on improving schools through high academic standards and measuring the progress of every student in meeting them. Anne Wicks, the Bush Institute’s Education Reform Director, and William McKenzie, the Bush Institute’s Editorial Director, conducted the interviews this year, and we were honored that The 74 , a national news site devoted to covering education issues, published them simultaneously.
We conclude our Engagement Agenda for 2017 with Bright and Beautiful at Home: Holiday Floral Workshop on Tuesday, December 12. Tickets are available <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
for this session with former White House florist Bob Scanlan in which every participant will create and take home a holiday centerpiece. The event, connected to our holiday special exhibit, follows memorable Engage events this fall with Condoleezza Rice in October and Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager in November.
Our policy publications and our Engage series of renowned speakers and events both reflect our devotion to being relevant, timely, and results-oriented. May each of you enjoy the holiday season and the start of an exciting new year. We pledge to make a difference in our world in 2018.
-- Ken Hersh , President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center
A Nation Built by Immigrants
Immigrants come from a variety of backgrounds and no two of their stories are alike. In a new Bush Institute report, our Economic Growth team introduces you to immigrants who are building America’s economy. The digital document, A Nation Built by Immigrants , debunks the myths about legal immigrants and offers practical, realistic ways to modernize America’s immigration system.
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The Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In The World
Is democracy in decline, even danger? A Bush Institute paper <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
takes on this question, concluding that Americans need to celebrate, protect, and extend the spirit of ordered liberty at home, and in the world. The forward-looking report by our Human Freedom Initiative team is the product of months of research, including roundtable discussions with top American leaders. The call-to-action paper includes specific suggestions to strengthen democratic institutions at home and abroad.
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The A Word: Accountability—The Dirty Word of Today’s Education Reform
Accountability simply means accepting responsibility for one’s actions. Accountability applied to schools, however, has become so polarizing that it is now the equivalent to a dirty word. To get beyond the soundbites, the Bush Institute’s education team engaged in conversations with education leaders around the nation to hear how they use accountability to help students learn and how they would refine the use of standards and testing to help students in the future.
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Engage: Bright and Beautiful at Home: Holiday Floral Workshop
Our Engagement Agenda for 2017 concludes with Bright and Beautiful at Home: Holiday Floral Workshop on Tuesday, December 12. The 4 p.m. session is sold out, but tickets are available <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
for the 6 p.m. session with former White House florist Bob Scanlan. A special element is that every participant creates and takes home a holiday centerpiece. Price includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and materials. The workshop is connected to our all-new holiday special exhibit, which runs through January 7.
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In The News
NBC5 DFW | Former President George W. Bush Kicks off 7th Wounded Warrior Ride <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
National Review | Bush’s ‘Team 43’ and Our Wounded Heroes, Healing Together <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
The Daily Campus | Condoleezza Rice Speaks on Racism and Democracy at Bush Center <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Fox News | One-on-One with Laura Bush <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Fox News | From Terrors of North Korea to US College Student: One Woman's Amazing Journey <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
[Video] The Washington Post | George W. Bush's full "Spirit of Liberty" Speech <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
USA Today | Laura Bush and H.E. Rula Ghani: Thriving Afghan Businesswomen Still Need You <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
The Hill | A Call to Patriotism in America <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
In Our Words
America's Advantage: A Handbook on Immigration and Economic Growth <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Why Democracy is Worth the Effort <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Restoring Trust in Business: One Company at a Time <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Veterans, Employers and Universities Should Take Advantage of Forever GI Bill <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
The Catalyst: Democracy <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Aiding Refugees Brings Freedom Closer for North Korea <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
First Ladies Lead Fight Against AIDS <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Skilled immigrants Could Grow the Workforce <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
NAFTA Negotiations: Five Steps to Improve North American Trade and Competitiveness <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
Warrior Wellness Alliance: Addressing the Invisible Wounds of War <forms.bushcenter.org/page.redir
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