On Monday evening, Sept. 9, 2013, students, alumni, staff, faculty, and supporters of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies will protest plans at 4:45 p.m. to give George W. Bush a Global Service Award at the school’s annual fundraising dinner, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center (650 15th Street).
According to the Colorado Student Power Alliance, “After Korbel’s dean, Ambassador Christopher Hill, decided to honor Bush with the “Improving the Human Condition” Award, more than 1,600 people signed a Change.Org petition demanding that Hill rescind the decision because of Mr. Bush’s indictment for war crimes and record of flagrant human rights abuses. Two-thirds of Korbel’s faculty members sent a formal letter of appeal to Ambassador Hill and DU Chancellor Robert Coombe, and hundreds of alumni and students expressed their objections clearly and persuasively in emails, phone calls and letters.”
Following these complaints, Hill changed the name of the award to the “Global Service Award.” A press conference is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. where Korbel students, faculty, and alumni will explain why they oppose giving Bush a Global Service Award. The Colorado Student Power Alliance maintains that giving Bush the award would undermine the core values, intellectual credibility and mission of the Josef Korbel School. The protesters also plan to present a Global Service Award to an alternative honoree who “has a true track record of international service, exemplifies Korbel’s foundational values, and represents collaborative decision-making on the part of the worldwide Korbel community,” stated the Colorado Student Power Alliance.