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Jimmy Carter To Deliver Second Mercer President’s Lecture on Oct. 23

October 20, 2008

Media Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek

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Please note: This is a ticketed event and all tickets have been distributed.

MACON — On Oct. 23, Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States, will deliver the Second Annual Mercer University President’s Lecture at 3 p.m. in Willingham Auditorium on Mercer’s Macon campus. The address will cover themes from President Carter’s best-selling book, Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis. This is a ticketed event.


Immediately following the lecture, President Carter will sign copies of his books in Newton Chapel. The Mercer Bookstore will be selling selected titles by President Carter in Newton during the book signing. No tickets are required for this event.


Carter, a native of Plains, is a former governor of Georgia. He served as president of the United States from Jan. 20, 1977, to Jan. 20, 1981. Among his administration’s significant foreign policy accomplishments were: the Panama Canal treaties; the Camp David Accords — the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel; the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union; and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. Domestically, his administration’s achievements included a comprehensive energy program conducted by a new Department of Energy; deregulation in energy, transportation, communications, and finance; major educational programs, and major environmental protection legislation.


President Carter is the author of 23 books, including his most recent releases, Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope and A Remarkable Mother.


In 1982, he founded The Carter Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit center that addresses national and international issues of public policy. Carter Center fellows, associates and staff join with President Carter in efforts to resolve conflict, promote democracy, protect human rights and prevent disease and other afflictions. President Carter and The Carter Center have engaged in numerous conflict mediations and have sent 70 election-monitoring missions to the Americas, Africa, and Asia.


In 2002, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2002 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.”


About the President’s Lecture Series

The lecture series brings leading thinkers to Mercer whose ideas and viewpoints intersect with the University’s mission as a faith-based institution of higher learning. The programs are designed to promote Mercer’s core principles of religious and intellectual freedom and respect for religious diversity while generating reflection and conversation on issues of importance. The series was inaugurated in April 2007 with an address by Dr. Francis Collins, then-director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health and author of the best-selling book The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.


About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has more than 7,500 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit

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