Department of "Huh?"

Clintonfest 2010!


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

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: 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.