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Former Attorney General to discuss “American Dream” at SHSU

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Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 00:11

Former Attorney General to discuss “American Dream”

Provided by Maggie Collum

When he was appointed the first Hispanic Attorney General under George W. Bush, Alberto Gonzales helped leaders in the administration’s decisions after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

Students will have a rare opportunity to hear from Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as he joins President Dana Gibson to discuss “Pursuing the American Dream” on Tuesday.


The event will be held in Performing Arts Center Concert Hall from 11 a.m. to noon in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.


Maggie Collum, Director University Events, hopes the event will be relatable to college students, especially for first-generation, minority students.


“A lot of our students [at Sam Houston State University], are first generation students,” Collum said. “It’s a one-time opportunity for those students to hear from him first hand.”


According to the SHSU scholarship website, more than half of SHSU’s graduates are the first in their families to earn a degree.


Gonzales, born in San Antonio, is one of eight children and the only one to attend college. After completing law school at Harvard University, he was named general counsel to then-Governor George W. Bush in 1995.


When he was appointed the first Hispanic Attorney General under George W. Bush, Gonzales helped leaders in the administration’s decisions after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.


As the director of the Department of Justice, Gonzales focused on protecting children from sexual predators, preventing acts of terrorism and reducing threats of gangs, drugs and violent crime. He stepped down in 2007.


In 2011, Gonzales was selected as the Doyle Distinguished Chair of Law at Belmont University in Nashville.


In his speeches around the country, Gonzales speaks about his heritage, background, public service, family and freedom. With his attendance at SHSU, Gonzales will join a list of 18 speakers who previously participated in the President’s Speaker Series.


“We encourage everyone at SHSU to attend because [he will be speaking about] pursuing your American Dream,” Collum said. “[The event] will be a conversation style with President Gibson so that brings another rare opportunity for students to ask questions.”


Students can submit questions for Gonzales on the SHSU Facebook page. The event is free for everyone to attend. For more information call 936-294-3415.

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