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Monday, April 23 News

Bush, Pelosi daughters headline Fairfield U. forum series

The daughters of two powerful leaders whose voices clashed on countless national issues in the first decade of this century headline a group of influential speakers who will appear in forums at Fairfield University over the next eight months.

Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, and Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, will appear together at the university as part of its Open Visions Forum series.

Also booked for conversations at the university's Quick Center for the Arts are award-winning journalists, the head of a global relief agency, a bullying expert and a leading authority on economic development and global poverty.

The series opens Monday evening, Sept. 22, when David Gregory, former moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press" will discuss politics and media inside the Beltway.

The Bush and Pelosi daughters will be on stage Feb. 9 to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of growing up in the nation's capital, the children of powerful politicians.

Forums are scheduled monthly through April, except for December, when the university is on an exam schedule and then semester break,

Individual forum tickets are $45, and series subscriptions also are available.

The schedule of guests and their discussion topics, according to the university, are as follows:

Monday Sept. 22

David Gregory, the Emmy Award-winning former moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," shares insights on the latest Washington headlines and the 2016 race for the White House. "Inside the Beltway: Reflections on Politics & Media" is at 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

A pair of New York Times writers -- chief television critic Alessandra Stanley and op-ed columnist Frank Bruni -- will discuss culture, politics, and the art and anxiety of rendering judgment. "Two From The Times -- Stanley & Bruni At Large" is at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Caryl M. Stern, CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and an expert on education and discrimination, will talk about global children's issues. "I Believe in Zero: Learning from the World's Children" is at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 25

Robert M. Edsel, an author with a passion for the arts and architecture, will talk about unsung heros of Europe who worked during World War II to protect iconic statues from destruction. His book "The Monuments Men" recognizes their efforts and took seven years to research. The program "Monuments Men," is at 8 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, and Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, will appear in an 8 p.m. discussion called "Growing Up in the Political Eye: Private Lives in Public Spaces." Hager now is a contributing correspondent on NBC's "Today Show" and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. Pelosi was an NBC News producer for a decade and ironically covered Bush's victorious campaign in 2000. The assignment led to her Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary "Journeys with George" about the then-future president on the campaign trail.

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Monday, March 2

National bullying expert Emily Bazelon will discuss its culture and the keys to end it. An editor at Slate magazine and a contributing writer for The New York Times magazine, she wrote the best-selling book "Sticks and Stones: Defeating The Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy." The program is at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15

Jeffrey D. Sachs, author and director of the Earth Institute, will appear in an 8 p.m. discussion called "The Age of Sustainable Development." The university called him "one of the world's leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty." His work has taken him more than 125 countries that collectively have 90 percent of the world's population.

Tickets and subscriptions are available online at www.quickcenter.com or by calling the Quick center box office at 203-254-4010.