42nd U.S. President Bill Clinton to visit Brown for public event on April 26

The former president will join Derek Shearer, former U.S. ambassador to Finland, for a conversation on leadership, global politics in the 21st century, creative writing and more.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will visit Brown University for a conversation on Tuesday, April 26, at 5 p.m., as part of an annual lecture series held in memory of the late Brown student Casey Shearer, a Class of 2000 graduate.

After an introduction by Brown President Christina H. Paxson, the nation’s 42nd president will join Derek Shearer, Casey Shearer’s father and the U.S. ambassador to Finland during the Clinton administration, for a Q&A session on leadership, politics in the 21st century, creative writing and other topics.

 

Headshot of Bill Clinton
Photo courtesy of the Clinton Foundation

 

First elected to the presidency in 1992, Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice. He led the country to the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.

After leaving the White House, he established the Clinton Foundation to continue working on the causes he cared about. Since its founding, the foundation has endeavored to help build more resilient communities by developing and implementing programs that improve people’s health, strengthen local economies and protect the environment.

President Clinton, having known Casey Shearer from infancy, was the featured speaker at the memorial service held at Brown in 2000 celebrating Shearer’s life.

The annual Casey Shearer Memorial Lecture, hosted by Brown in collaboration with the Goldway/Shearer family, was established in memory of Casey Shearer, a promising young writer and aspiring sportscaster who died in May 2000, days before he was set to graduate from Brown. Previous speakers have included filmmakers Ezra Edelman and Rory Kennedy; Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Joe Morgenstern; New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman; ABC analyst Cokie Roberts; NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson; food activist Curt Ellis; and writer Pico Iyer, among others.

The conversation will be preceded by a presentation of the annual Casey Shearer Memorial Awards for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction.

The April 26 event will take place at 5 p.m., both in-person on the Brown campus and on the web via a livestream. The in-person event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required, and in-person attendees must present a ticket and Brown or government-issued photo ID at the door. Exact location information will be provided upon registration. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

Attendees must comply with all University COVID-19 policies and protocols in place at the time of the event. For more information, please visit https://policy.brown.edu/policy/covid-19.

For tickets and more information, visit www.brown.edu/caseyshearer.

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