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February 16, 2011

Bill Clinton to headline 2011 Meliora Weekend

ClintonBill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States, will be the keynote speaker at Meliora Weekend, Oct. 20 to 23.

Clinton’s appearance coincides with the launch of Meliora Weekend’s second decade. The annual alumni reunion, homecoming, and family weekend attracts some 6,000 attendees each year for four days of lectures, performances, and social gatherings.

Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice—first in 1992 and then in 1996. After leaving the White House, 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. The foundation’s staff and volunteers around the world work to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (now the Clinton Health Access Initiative, a separate nonprofit organization). Other initiatives are applying a business-oriented approach worldwide to fight climate change and develop sustainable economic growth in Africa and Latin America. 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 United States, the foundation is working to combat the rise in childhood obesity through the Alliance for Healthier Generation, and is helping individuals and families succeed and small businesses grow.

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, Clinton dedicated foundation resources to help with immediate and long-term relief and he joined with former president George W. Bush to establish the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

The complete Meliora Weekend program will be announced this summer.

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