Jenna Bush Hager To Visit UCA as Distinguished Lecturer

Jenna Bush Hager, one of the twin daughters of former President George W. Bush and a contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today show, will visit the University of Central Arkansas as a distinguished lecturer Feb. 27.

The lecture is set for Reynolds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Hager is the daughter of the 43rd U.S. president and his wife, Laura, and granddaughter of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara. She is an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine and the author of The New York Times bestseller Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, which she wrote after traveling to Latin America in 2006 as an intern with UNICEF.

“We are honored to have Jenna Bush Haggar as a guest speaker at Reynolds Performance Hall as she tells about her interesting and exciting life,” said Amanda Horton, director of Reynolds. “Her lecture will cover growing up in the White House, being a UNICEF volunteer and the inspiration she received from the experience to write a best-selling book and about her current role as a media personality on the Today show.”

Ana’s Story is about a single mother, 17, with HIV who struggles to shield her child from the life she had of abuse and neglect. Hager is the chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation initiative, which is dedicated to reducing childhood deaths around the world.

Hager, who holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas, is also the co-author of the children’s book Read All About It!.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $5 for the UCA community, $5 for non-UCA students and children and free for UCA students with valid student I.D. Call UCA Ticket Central at 501-450-3265 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or toll free from anywhere in Arkansas at 1-866-810-0012 or visit

For additional information, contact Horton at 501-450-3682 or

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