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Former President Carter to speak at GSU
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Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, and former first lady Rosalynn Carter will speak at Georgia Southern University’s Hanner Fieldhouse on Feb. 12, 2013, at 7 p.m.

The remarks will be a part of Georgia Southern’s Leadership Lecture Series, designed to provide its students with an opportunity to hear from influential leaders throughout the world.  This will be the first time that the former president and first lady have spoken at Georgia Southern.

“We could not be more excited to welcome President and Mrs. Carter to Georgia Southern University,” said Georgia Southern Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Teresa Thompson.  “At Georgia Southern, our goal is to integrate learning, service and leadership to empower our students to become global citizens who lead with a lifelong commitment to service. The Carters are recognized around the world not only for their leadership, but their commitment to service.  This will be a terrific opportunity for our students to not only hear directly from a former U.S. president and first lady, but two great citizens of Georgia.”

Carter served as president from 1977 to 1981. Successful in the Camp David Accords, the Panama Canal Treaties, and SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, he may be most notable for his humanitarian efforts following his presidency.

In 1982, he founded The Carter Center, a nonpartisan and nonprofit center that addresses national and international issues of public policy.  He is a University Distinguished Professor at Emory University and is the author of 27 books. On Dec. 10, 2002, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Carter “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

Carter was educated in the public schools of Plains, attended Georgia Southwestern College, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1946.