The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and The Connecticut Forum are pleased to announce an appearance by former First Lady Michelle Obama at The Bushnell on Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for “A Moderated Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama” go on sale to the general public Tuesday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available online at bushnell.org, by phone at 860-987-5900, or at The Bushnell box office, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.
“Over the past quarter-century, The Bushnell and The Connecticut Forum have partnered to bring some of the world’s leading thinkers on a wide range of topics to Hartford,” said David R. Fay, President and CEO of The Bushnell. “We are honored to have Mrs. Obama join us to continue the tradition of presenting exciting, iconic, and historic speakers in Connecticut. We are proud to partner with one of the state’s finest organizations to bring a diverse array of thought-provoking forums to Mortensen Hall.”
“We are deeply honored to welcome former First Lady Michelle Obama to our wonderful city for what promises to be a powerful and inspiring evening,” said Doris Sugarman, Executive Director of The Connecticut Forum. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our community to hear from one of the world’s most influential women.”
Michelle Robinson Obama served as First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017, transforming the position and becoming a role model, champion and inspiration for women, families, and young people across America and around the world.
As First Lady, Mrs. Obama launched and led four key initiatives:
· Let’s Move! brought together community leaders, educators, medical professionals, parents, celebrities and others in a nationwide effort to address the challenge of childhood obesity;
· Joining Forces, which she launched with Dr. Jill Biden, called on all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities;
· Reach Higher aimed to inspire young people across America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university;
· Let Girls Learn, focused on helping adolescent girls around the world go to school.
Mrs. Obama attended Chicago public schools until enrolling in Princeton where she studied sociology and African American studies. She graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1985 and received a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. She then joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she met her future husband, Barack Obama.
Following her time at Sidley & Austin, Mrs. Obama served as an assistant to Mayor Richard Daley and as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development for the city of Chicago, before becoming the founding Executive Director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares young people for public service careers.
As part of her continued focus on community service and engagement, Mrs. Obama joined the University of Chicago in 1996 as its Associate Dean of Student Services focused on fostering connections between the campus and community. She also served as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Mrs. Obama was born on January 17, 1964. She married Barack Obama in 1992. They currently live in Washington, DC and have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.