Public Affairs Conference

George W Bush Presidential Center

As the opening speaker MSU's Public Affairs Conference, Jenna Bush Hager encouraged people in the Ozarks to find their voice and seek ways to serve their community.

Bush Hager is working to make a difference on a global scale.  The daughter of former President George W. Bush is chair of the board for UNICEF.  She took the stage at Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts Tuesday night hoping to inspire the crowd to make a difference in their communities.

Missouri State is focused on developing educated citizens of the world – citizens who are engaged in the community, ready to lead with integrity and who are concerned with global issues and respect diverse perspectives. In order to get the campus invested in this mission, we host an annual Public Affairs Conference.

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Missouri State University

The Missouri State Public Affairs Conference is bringing unity to the forefront of the community discussion this year. The flagship conference kicks off Monday, September 24 — and it will be asking the following question:  How can we live in peace and harmony with our neighbors?

This year’s theme, “Unity in Community,” is geared to provide new solutions to issues dividing our community, according to the university.

Missouri State University

A former first daughter will headline Missouri State University’s 2018 Public Affairs Conference.  Jenna Bush Hager will serve as keynote speaker September 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. 

Claire Kidwell

Dr. Robert Ballard is living his childhood dream.  The 75-year-old oceanographer, perhaps most widely known for his discovery of the Titanic wreckage in 1985, knew as a youngster that he wanted to be Captain Nemo. 

He shared his story during the Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference last week. 

Ballard’s life has been full of adventure and research including the discovery of hydrothermal vents and how life came to be on Earth as well as black smokers.

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