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Former president to host global initiative at UT

January 29, 2009

Greenhouse gas emissions. Inequities in education. Rape, forced labor and other human rights abuses.

These are some of the issues that nearly 1,000 students and about 100 college and university presidents will be challenged to address with practical, innovative solutions at a three-day session next month hosted by former President Bill Clinton at the University of Texas.

The Feb. 13 to 15 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University, as the project is known, is intended to inspire students and campus administrators to improve the world locally and internationally. Attendees will collaborate with UT students on the final day in various community service activities at the Rosewood Park and Recreation Center in East Austin.

"We are honored to host the second annual Clinton Global Initiative University," said UT President William Powers Jr. "This program, with its goal to engage people in making commitments to address global problems and issues, is of particular interest to our university because our motto is, 'What Starts Here Changes the World,' and we believe in that purpose. I anticipate an inspirational three days of big ideas and high energy."

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