Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden have led lives rich with public service and commitment to the people of the United States, a trait Guilford College and the wider community will experience first-hand when they speak in the opening Bryan Series event on Sept. 17.
The program will be at 7:30 pm at the Greensboro Coliseum and is the first of six Bryan Series events this season. A limited number of tickets are available at the Greensboro Coliseum Advance Box Office and Ticketmaster.com.
A U.S. Senator for 36 years and Vice President for two full terms, Joe Biden has been a consistent voice in the fight against sexual violence and gun violence and an advocate for the working class. President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with Distinction, for his dedication to the American people.
Jill Biden, an educator for over three decades, has two master’s degrees and a doctorate in education completed in 2007. She is a strongly respected spokesperson for the value of community colleges. She has worked tirelessly towards easing the lives of military families and educating girls and women about the importance of early detection in breast cancer.
The news of the Bidens’ visit caused a stir at the Bryan Series in April, when the news was released. “[Joe] is my personal hero and I might cry when he starts speaking,” says political science major Michael McShane ’18. “[Joe and Jill] are able to bring incredible perspective on global and domestic policy issues that we can only read about today.”
Together, the couple in February launched the Biden Foundation, dedicated to seven main pillars of belief.
The Bidens will participate in a moderated conversation after a brief introduction from President Jane Fernandes and will be accepting audience questions afterwards.
“It’s a monumental moment for our school … [Joe and Dr. Jill Biden] can leave an impact for generations here, like they have been doing worldwide,” says sport management major Mahmoud Henderson ’19.
Other events in this year’s Bryan Series feature author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova Oct. 25, actor Leslie Odom Jr. Nov. 15, religion scholar Reza Aslan Jan. 28, broadcast journalist Ted Koppel Feb. 20 and Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton April 10.
-- Emma Ross '18