Barack Obama to be guest of honor at Baker Institute’s 25th Anniversary Gala at Rice Nov. 27


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Jeff Falk

Barack Obama to be guest of honor at Baker Institute’s 25th Anniversary Gala at Rice Nov. 27

HOUSTON – (April 30, 2018) – The 44th president of the United States, the Honorable Barack Obama, will take part in a moderated conversation at the 25th anniversary gala of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 27.

Former President Barack Obama“2018 is a major milestone for the institute and for all our supporters and friends, without whom we could not have established this prominent public policy forum,” noted Baker Institute Director Edward Djerejian. He added, “With President Obama’s participation in our gala, the institute will have had the privilege of hosting every living former president since its inception.”

The event will highlight the Baker Institute’s 25th anniversary year under the theme “A Quarter Century: Making History.” The gala will be an invitation-only celebration for Baker Institute supporters and special guests. Ticket information and additional event details will be announced closer to the event date.

As part of its 25th anniversary, the Baker Institute is scheduling distinguished speaker events and conferences this spring and fall featuring its major research centers and programs. In recent years, the institute has created and strengthened specific centers and programs that address key public policy issues, including the Center for Energy Studies, Center for Health and Biosciences, Center for the Middle East, Mexico Center, Center for Public Finance, McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Presidential Elections Program and Drug Policy Program. A list of the Baker Institute’s 25th anniversary commemorative programs is available at

Questions about the gala should be addressed to Christene Kimmel, director of development for special projects, at 713-348-2136 or

For information about becoming a Baker Institute Roundtable member, visit or contact Chetna Cates at 713-348-4945 or


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.