SMU celebrates the fifth anniversary of the 乔治•布什(George W. 布什 Presidential Center. Located on a 23-acre site on the east side of campus, the 布什中心 houses the Presidential Library 和 Museum, which includes the presidential archives of the 布什 Administration as well as permanent 和 traveling exhibits, 和 乔治•布什(George W. 布什 Institute, an independent policy institute.
A world-changing academic partnership between SMU 和 布什中心 was launched with a history-making gathering on April 25, 2013. 乔治•布什(George W. 布什, the 43rd President of the United States, 和 former First Lady Laura 布什, 一个SMU女Alumni, were joined by then-President Barack Obama 和 former presidents Jimmy Carter, 乔治H.W. 布什 和 Bill Clinton, for the dedication of the first presidential center of the 21st century 和 first presidential library of the social media age.
The event drew more than 10,000 invited guests, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair 和 other former heads of state. More than 500 members of the SMU community watched the simulcast in McFarlin Auditorium or at an outdoor viewing screen.
In his remarks, 布什 thanked SMU, noting that President R. Gerald Turner runs “a fantastic university.” He said SMU students are “awesome,” drawing cheers from students in the audience.
The opening of the 布什 Presidential Library 和 Museum followed on May 1, 2013. The 13th presidential library administered by the National Archives 和 Records Administration, it serves as a resource for the study of 布什’s life 和 career while promoting a deeper underst和ing of the presidency, American history 和 public policy.
The 布什 presidency (2001–2009) spans a period when emerging technology was changing the way members of the administration communicated as paper missives were being replaced by email. The Library houses almost 70 million pages of textual materials, approximately 80 terabytes of electronic records 和 about 200 million email messages. Other materials include more than 1,200 cubic feet of audiovisual materials, over 3.8 million photographs 和 227 cubic feet of photo negatives.
Although located in the same structure as the Library 和 Museum, the 布什 Institute faces west, toward the SMU campus, a symbolic gesture welcoming academic engagement. The Institute focuses on developing leaders 和 advancing policy on domestic 和 global initiatives inspired by the work of President 和 Mrs. 布什.
The Institute has sponsored more than a dozen symposia on campus, attracting over 2,500 participants from around the world 和 involving faculty 和 students across disciplines.
“I want people to be really impressed by what we do here: running an Institute that is results-oriented 和 focused on fundamental principles that will endure way beyond my time,” explained President 布什 in a 2013 interview with SMU杂志 和 The Daily 校园.
When asked about the impact of the 布什中心 on SMU, 他说, “嗯, I can tell you what the impact of SMU is on the Institute 和 Library. It gives us great credibility to be associated with a fine university.”