Barbara Pierce Bush speaks on global health care

Krystle Wagner • Jan 11, 2019 at 9:00 AM

West Michigan residents listened as former first daughter Barbara Pierce Bush spoke about her life and efforts to make a difference in global health care.

An estimated 135 people attended the Grand Haven remote broadcast of the moderated conversation with Bush as part of Calvin College’s January Series on Thursday. Second Christian Reformed Church, 2021 Sheldon Road, is one of more than 50 sites remotely broadcasting the monthlong series.

The daughter of former president George W. Bush, Barbara is also the co-founder of the Global Health Core organization. The nonprofit said it has fostered more than 900 young leaders who believe health is a human right and who take an innovative approach to solving some of the world’s biggest global health challenges.

The hourlong January Series lectures can be seen weekdays beginning at 12:30 p.m. through Jan. 23. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s series began Jan. 3. Throughout the series, speakers will discuss a variety of topics including politics, immigration, race and climate.

Attending the lectures helps provide different views on a variety of subjects, said Jan Redman, who attended Thursday’s lecture at the Grand Haven remote site.

“It seems like you always learn something,” added her husband, Bill Redman.

The Redmans have attended the lecture series for the past couple of years.

Dave VanderWall, who has also attended the local broadcast for about three years, said he enjoys the discussions.

Last year, about 1,600 people attended the series at the Grand Haven site.

Homemade baked goods and coffee are provided, and attendees can also bring their lunch.

The remaining 2019 January Series speakers are:

Jan. 11 (today): Craig Detweiler — Searching for the image of God in a digital age

Jan. 14: Nicholas Kristof — Lessons from 30 years of covering the world

Jan. 15: Leland Melvin — Chasing space: An astronaut’s story of grit, grace and second chances

Jan. 16: William Powers — Sustainability, happiness and the “slow” movement

Jan. 17: Erik W. Carter — Incomplete without you: The church and the people with disabilities

Jan. 18: Ruth Carter — The art of storytelling through costume design

Jan. 21: Willie Jennings — Dreaming the end of racial America

Jan. 22: Rachael Denhollander — A time to speak: Addressing justice and forgiveness

Jan. 23: Mary Robinson — Climate justice: Hope, resilience and the fight for a sustainable future

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