Rescind George W. Bush's "Improving the Human Condition Award"
  • Petitioned Christopher Hill

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Dean, Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Christopher Hill
Chancellor, University of Denver
Robert Coombe

Rescind George W. Bush's "Improving the Human Condition Award"

    1. Christine Hart
    2. Petition by

      Christine Hart

      Washington, DC

On September 9th, 2013, George W. Bush is scheduled to receive the “Improving the Human Condition Award” at the annual Korbel Dinner. The Josef Korbel School of International Studies strives to train “pragmatic idealists” to envision and innovate solutions to international issues ranging from peace and security to poverty alleviation to challenging the social norms and structures that perpetuate the oppression of marginalized and vulnerable populations.

We do not believe that George W. Bush reflects the values, character, and leadership of an appropriate “Improving the Human Condition” awardee. Moreover, we do not feel that he represents the values promoted by the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the University of Denver or embodied by its students, faculty, and alumni.

We fail to see how this choice does justice to the talents, aspirations, and values of the students, faculty, and alumni of the Josef Korbel School and the University of Denver.  As President, George W. Bush’s choices resulted in greater instability and economic hardship worldwide, while even his laudable achievements, like the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) were sullied by the promotion of an agenda that hampered prevention and treatment efforts. This is evidenced in the recent Supreme Court decision that ruled certain requirements of the PEPFAR program unconstitutional. 

Former President George W. Bush left behind a legacy of human rights abuses, including the torture of detainees in extra-territorial jails, preemptive war, domestic surveillance programs, and other egregious actions that deleteriously impact the human condition.

As students, alumni, and faculty of the Josef Korbel School and the University of Denver, we urge Dean Hill and the administration to choose an alternative recipient of the “Improving the Human Condition Award” who better represents a humanitarian spirit, a commitment to human rights and human dignity, and whose contributions and leadership have truly resulted in positive change.

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    • Elaine Frederick ARVADA, CO
      • 10 months ago

      George W. Bush was an extremely poor leader, making public gaffs when out of country. People were much worse off worldwide as a result of his policies. Torture of prisoners allowed causing our military to be at greater risk of torture. Improving the human condition indeed! Worst president in all of my 73 year on the planet. The students deserve a better example of making the world a better place.

    • david PIRL FRESNO, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Because he should be tried as a war criminal.

    • Zoe Torres LAKEWOOD, CO
      • about 1 year ago

      Because George W. Bush is a war criminal, and justice would only be served by putting him in prison for his crimes!

    • kelly bader VALENCIA, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Seriously? Bush Jr needs prison time. He has tried to ruin America and nearly succeeded. Who nominated this moron?

    • Rick Parrish WOODRUFF, SC
      • about 1 year ago

      When I first saw this I thought it was from the Onion. War criminals receiving humanitarian awards. I believe we are seeing the first negative result from Colorado's correct decision to legalize marijuana.


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