Event on Free, Fair and Secure Elections to be Hosted at the Bush Institute May 18

President George W. Bush, Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Patricia Harrison among participants

May 10, 2022

DALLAS (May 10, 2022) — The George W. Bush Institute, the Partnership for American Democracy, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences are co-hosting the event, Elections — A More Perfect Union, on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at the George W. Bush Institute.

Through a series of conversations with thought leaders, election practitioners, analysts, and democracy experts, the event will tackle how elections work, why they matter, and how we maintain their continued integrity and credibility.

This is the first in a series of events for More Perfect, an initiative of the Partnership for American Democracy, along with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and our nation's Presidential Centers. More Perfect is a four-year, national campaign to secure America's democratic future for generations to come.

During the event, President George W. Bush will provide remarks on strengthening democracy at home and abroad and introduce a discussion featuring Dr. Condoleezza Rice, 66th U.S. Secretary of State and Director of the Hoover Institution, and Natan Sharansky, Honorary Member of the Board of Governors, The Jewish Agency for Israel.

Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Yuval Levin, Director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and Rachel Kleinfeld, Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will discuss the role of elections in a democratic society, how they have evolved over time, and how important it is to safeguard elections against challenges of the day.

The event will also include audience questions about how elections work and an expert panel conversation about present-day threats facing election officials and staffs.


  • President George W. Bush
  • Dr. Condoleezza Rice, 66th U.S. Secretary of State and Director of the Hoover Institution
  • Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, presidential biographer, and Canon Historian of the Washington National Cathedral
  • Yuval Levin, Director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute
  • Natan Sharansky, Honorary Member of the Board of Governors, The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Patricia Harrison, President and CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

See full list of participants and schedule here.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. CT

PRESS: The event is OPEN PRESS. Media who plan to attend must apply for credentials at http://www.bushcenter.org/credentials. Media interested in attending must credential by 10:00 a.m. CT on Monday, May 17. Additional information regarding credentials confirmation, parking, facility access, interviews and other details will be sent to media representatives who complete the credentialing process on the Bush Center website.

NOTE: This event is not open to the public, but will be livestreamed here.

WHERE: The George W. Bush Institute; 2943 SMU Boulevard Dallas, Texas 75205


About the George W. Bush Institute:
The George W. Bush Institute is a solution-oriented non-partisan policy organization focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies. Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Bush Institute is rooted in compassionate conservative values and committed to creating positive, meaningful, and lasting change at home and abroad. We utilize our unique platform and convening power to advance solutions to national and global issues of the day by influencing policy, not politics. Learn more at bushcenter.org.


About the Partnership for American Democracy 
The Partnership for American Democracy is a collaborative nerve center attracting greater energy and resources to initiatives that advance American democracy. Launched in July 2021, PFAD has a National Leadership Council of
close to 80 leaders from across a broad spectrum of American society and a growing coalition of over 100 organizations including nonprofits, foundations, and the nation's presidential centers. Collectively, PFAD
developed and is driving forward Sustainable Democracy Goals across five pillars: Universal Civic Learning, Expanded Service to the Nation, Increased Social Trust, Fair Elections & Effective Governance, and Increased Trust in Accurate News & Information. 


About the American Academy of Arts & Sciences:  
The American Academy of Arts & Sciences – both a membership organization honoring excellence and an independent research institute advancing the public good – was founded in 1780 to provide a new nation with valuable knowledge to navigate its greatest challenges. Released by the Academy in June 2020, Our Common Purpose sets forth 31 specific recommendations to help a nation in crisis emerge with a more resilient democracy for the 21st century. Since its release, the report has been viewed online more than 160,000 times and downloaded more than 25,000 times. The Academy is collaborating with a diverse set of over 60 organizations to champion the report’s recommendations around the country.


About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting: 

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,500 locally managed and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television, and related online services. For more information, visit cpb.org, follow us on Twitter @CPBmediaFacebook and LinkedIn and subscribe for email updates.

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