Highland Capital Management has been highly supportive of the George W. Bush Presidential Center since it was established in 2013. They had given $5 million over the past five years in order to help support its mission. On January 9, 2018, they announced that they were establishing a $10 million endowment fund dedicated for this center. The money will be used to sustain this center’s public programs. They also became a presenting sponsor of a new program called “Engage at the Bush Center, Presented by Highland Capital Management”. This program will bring distinguished people to the Bush Presidential Center such as celebrated authors, newsmakers, and thought leaders who will provide lectures and direct discussions. Visit hcp.com to know more.
The chief executive officer of Highland Capital Management, Jim Dondero, stated that he and his team gladly support the Bush Presidential Center and its mission to foster national dialog about policy issues. It was also announced that he would be joining its Executive Advisory Council where he would help direct this center in the future.
Many well-known people have spoken at previous Engage events. This includes Lorne Michaels, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and Christopher Jackson who was once a cast member of Hamilton. Both of George Bush’s daughters have also had spoken as part of this series as has General Michael Hayden who used to head the CIA and also the NSA. Bono of U2 fame is also slated to soon do a speaking event at the Bush Presidential Center. To attend events like this it costs $19 and members get in for free. Read more about Highland Capital at prnewswire.com.
The first event that Highland Capital Management will be sponsoring is one that will have former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s son, Christopher Scalia. He will talk about his father’s life and his writings, some of which were very humorous in nature. This will be followed by a discussion between a panel of experts. They will be discussing the state of today’s media and what one of the founding fathers, James Madison, would likely have thought about it. James Madison was the architect of the first amendment which guarantees the right to free speech in the United States. One of the panel experts will be Jeffrey Rosen who is recognized as an expert on James Madison and who is also the chief executive officer of the Bush Presidential Center. Joining him will be Amy Mitchell, another recognized Madison expert, and Mike Wilson who edits the Dallas Morning News.