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Former first daughter, first granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager to give lecture on compassion in Biddeford

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Jenna Bush Hager is seen at the Lela Rose Spring 2013 Runway Show, on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 in New York.
By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Former first daughter and first granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager, now an NBC News correspondent and bestselling author, will deliver a lecture on the power of compassion in Biddeford next month.

Hager will give the University of New England’s 2012 George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture, named in part for grandfather, part-time Kennebunkport resident and 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush. The talk is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, at the school’s Harold Alfond Forum.

The lecture is titled: “The Power of Compassion and How It Can Change Lives.”

Hager is also the daughter of the 43rd president, George W. Bush.

A graduate of the University of Texas, she left the White House behind in 2006 to travel to Latin America as an intern with the children’s humanitarian organization UNICEF.

“During her journey, she was inspired to write ‘Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope,’ a New York Times bestseller based on the life of a 17-year-old single mother living with HIV and determined to shield her child from the abuse and neglect that riddled her own childhood,” states a lecture announcement issued Monday by the University of New England.

Hager would go on to co-author a children’s book about the importance of reading with her mother, former first lady Laura Bush.

Hager remains active with UNICEF and is a contributing correspondent for NBC News, for whom she shot a segment about Acadia National Park in 2010 and a segment about the widely diverse Portland-based Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus in late 2011.

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