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Bill Clinton Addresses UAlbany, March 2

Former President returns to campus through World Within Reach Speaker Series

President Clinton greets Rwandan youth

President Clinton (with Rwandan children in 2006) has traveled the world promoting peace and progress since his tenure in the White House ended. He will speak at UAlbany on March 2. (Photo Ralph Alswang, Clinton Foundation)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (January 27, 2011) -- Former President William Jefferson Clinton will take the stage at SEFCU Arena on Wednesday, March 2, at 8 p.m., as part of the University at Albany's World Within Reach Speaker Series. Clinton will address UAlbany students, faculty, staff and alumni in the fourth installment of the series. The former President will also take part in a moderated question and answer segment during the visit.

The World Within Reach Speaker Series is an initiative started by UAlbany's Student Association to bring engaging speakers in public affairs, entertainment, and business to the University at Albany. Previous speakers include Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (ret.), Governor Howard Dean, political strategist Karl Rove, and journalist Barbara Walters. The series is co-sponsored by University Auxiliary Services and the UAlbany Alumni Association.

President Clinton returns to UAlbany for the first time since November 3, 1994, when he participated in a statewide teleconference on educational technologies and a political rally with then-Governor Mario Cuomo.

As the 42nd President of the United States, Clinton governed during a period of economic prosperity. Serving from 1993 through 2001, Clinton was the first Democratic president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win a second term. He could point to the lowest unemployment rate in 31 years, the lowest inflation rate in 34 years, the highest home ownership rate up to that time in U.S. history, dropping crime rates in many places, and reduced welfare rolls. Clinton also proposed the first balanced budget in decades and the U.S. achieved a budget surplus.

Following the end of his tenure in the White House, Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation, to continue working in the areas he cared about could make a measurable difference. His vision: a nongovernmental organization that could leverage the unique capacities of governments, partner organizations, and other individuals to address rising inequalities and improve people's lives. Clinton has traveled the world, serving as a voice for peace and progress. His 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.

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