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A Lesson in Giving Back

Bono, lead singer of U2 and noted humanitarian, will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, as a guest of Claremont McKenna College at Bridges Auditorium. Bono was named Time magazine’s 2005 Person of the Year (shared with Bill and Melinda Gates), and has received the Legion d’Honneur from the French government and an honorary British knighthood earlier this year.

Formed in 1978, U2 has sold more than 140 million albums and won 22 Grammy awards to date. In addition to his significant cultural impact through U2, Bono is a well-known advocate in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa.

In 2002, he co-founded DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) to raise public awareness of the issues in its name, and influence government policy on Africa. On behalf of DATA, Bono has lobbied U.S. Presidents and Congressional leaders, along with the heads of many other G8 nations. DATA is a founding member of the One Campaign to Make Poverty History, part of a global network of millions of people campaigning against extreme poverty.

In 2006, Bono with Bobby Shriver launched Product (RED) to raise money from businesses to buy AIDS drugs for people in Africa unable to afford them. Product (RED) have an ongoing relationship with a number of iconic global brands who sell (RED) products and donate a percentage of the profits directly to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The lecture will be free of charge, with one ticket reserved for every Claremont McKenna College student, faculty, and staff. CMC students will be seated together on the main floor, with ticket distribution announced later this month by the Office of the Dean of Students. CMC faculty and staff may pick up their ticket at the Bridges Auditorium box office October 1-5 during normal business hours. In addition, approximately 600 tickets will be provided to other students within The Claremont Colleges, with distribution handled by the individual Deans of Students offices in October.