Bill Clinton Speaks to UC Berkeley Students About Global Citizenship on February 24th

If you’re a student or faculty member at U.C. Berkeley, then you’re invited to see Bill Clinton on February 24th, 2010. The subject will be:

Global Citizenship: Turning Good Intentions into Positive Action

Admission is free for students, but faculty and staff will have to fork over $45 each. (Can you believe it? It would be cheaper for them to spend a night at Gump Station in the South Pacific.) 

The rush for free tickets starts at 7:00 AM, February 18th, 2010. See you there!

Sadly, despite the words of touchy, touchy CityBright Zennie62, students, faculty and/or staff won’t be able to help you, a non-UC Berkelian, get a seat. Actually, it will be tough for the students themselves to get a ticket online.  

But if you do get in, don’t be surprised if Bill shows up late, just like the last time he came to the bay area to do a big public address. Bill was late late late. Even the Mayor of San Francisco was reduced to gesticulations after being repeatedly lied to by Bill’s people about Bill’s arrival time back in 2006. Gavin’s coping strategy was to keep pointing at his watch to note the lateness of the hour. Like this:

Oh, here’s Bill:

Dalai Lama

The Blum Center for Developing Economies, University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce that President Bill Clinton will speak to UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty about Global Citizenship: Turning Good Intentions into Positive Action at 3:30 p.m. February 24 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium. Doors will open at 3 p.m.

Tickets for this event can be obtained online only.

Student tickets | Staff and faculty tickets

UC Berkeley students:

Tickets to the February 24 talk

  • UC Berkeley student tickets, which are free, can be ordered online starting at 7 a.m. February 18 up until midnight. This event is not open to the general public. Limit of one ticket per person.
  • Tickets that are not sold from the faculty/staff inventory will be available to UC Berkeley students for free beginning at noon on February 20.  (Please check back at that time to determine if additional tickets are available.)
  • To order a ticket, go to http://cal.berkeley.edu/President-Bill-Clinton-Lecture where you will be asked to enter your CalNet ID and password before being directed to the ticket site. This site will be activated at 7 a.m. February 18.
  • No phone or in person sales.
  • A Cal Student ID will be required at the door on the day of the event.
  • We expect high demand for this event; please be patient with the website and do not use your browser’s back button during the ordering process.
  • Tickets must be picked up at the Zellerbach Hall Will Call window at Zellerbach Auditorium on February 23 from noon until 5:30 p.m. or on February 24 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. When picking up tickets, all guests will be asked to present their Cal Student ID. 
  • PLEASE NOTE:  You risk forfeiture of your ticket, if you do not pick it up by 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. 

Persons or orders that violate the limit of one ticket per person will be canceled without notice. No name changes, exchanges, cancellations, or refunds permitted. Tickets are non-transferable and seating assignment will be random.  Tickets should be treated like cash; they are not replaceable if lost, stolen, damaged, or otherwise rendered unreadable. Ticket re-sale is strictly prohibited.

  •           ADA accommodations must be requested at the time of purchase. Sign language interpreters will be present.
  • All patrons subject to search and magnetic screening prior to entry. There will be no bags, backpacks, signs, banners, cameras, recording devices, food nor beverages permitted. The organizers reserve the right to prohibit any item not explicitly mentioned in this list.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

U C BERKELEY MEDIA ADVISORY

ATTENTION: Assignment and photo desks

What: President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, will deliver an address, “Global Citizenship: Turning Good Intentions into Positive Action,” as a special guest of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley.

President Clinton drew an overflow crowd when he visited UC Berkeley in 2002 to talk about globalization and the gap between rich and poor.

President Clinton, given the campus’s highest honor, the Berkeley Medal, during that 2002 visit, is the ninth U.S. president to visit UC Berkeley. The first was Benjamin Harrison, who arrived by carriage in 1891. Other presidents who visited UC Berkeley include Jimmy Carter in 2007, John F. Kennedy in 1962, Harry S. Truman in 1948, Herbert Hoover in 1926 and 1935, Woodrow Wilson in 1919, William Howard Taft in 1909 and 1915, and Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 and 1911.

When: 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24

Where: Zellerbach Auditorium, on campus near the intersection of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue. A campus map is online at http://www.berkeley.edu/map/.

Tickets: Tickets will be available to the UC Berkeley campus community on Feb. 18, 19 and 20. They will be available online only. Tickets are free to UC Berkeley students. Tickets will not be available to the general public. Campus I.D. must be shown to pick up tickets and to attend the event. To secure tickets, campus members can visit: http://www.berkeley.edu/clinton/. Zellerbach Auditorium seats approximately 2,000, and the majority of the seats will be reserved for students.

Background: The Blum Center for Developing Economies was established in 2006 to tap the energy and talent of the nation’s top public teaching and research university to help the nearly 3 billion people in the world who live on less than $2 a day. The center was launched with a generous gift by Richard C. Blum, a San Francisco financier and philanthropist as well as UC regent. Blum Center innovation teams are working to deliver safe water and sanitation solutions in eight countries; life-saving mobile services throughout Africa and Asia; and new energy technologies that emphasize efficiency while reducing negative environmental impacts. The center’s Global Poverty and Practice minor is the fastest growing undergraduate minor on campus, giving students the knowledge and real-world experience to become dynamic participants in the fight against poverty. In addition to choosing from a wide variety of new courses, students participate directly in poverty alleviation efforts in over 25 developing countries.

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