Bill Clinton Expected to Draw a Constellation of Young Stars to UM this Weekend

Categories: Politicks
Courtesy of Clinton Global Initiative University
Bill Clinton at the first Global Initiative University at Tulane in 2008.
University of Miami will be hosting former President Bill Clinton's third-annual Global Initiative University meeting this weekend, and while Clinton will be attracting the over-50 club to the event, plenty of those still not eligible for a social security check are gearing up for appearances by a flock of charity-conscious celebrities.

Who can attendees expect to see? First off, there's Heather Graham, who'll be presenting a session on alleviating poverty in America. Let's hope she doesn't literally take the clothes off her back, like she does in most of her films, for the cause.

Also scheduled to make an appearance is Kalpen Modi, aka Kumar from the Harold and Kumar series. The stoner-movie icon turned White House associate director of public engagement will be hosting a student welcoming reception on Friday evening. Maybe  Kumar will supply some herbal party favors.

Then there's Usher. Or as he will be referred to at the conference, Usher Raymond IV, founder of Usher's New Look foundation. Hopefully, the Twitter war he's waging with his ex-wife and the success of his recent album, Raymond v. Raymond, won't shadow his effort to legitimize his youth-oriented charity.  

Other anticipated star speakers are rapper and global clean water activist, Kenna; singer Mandy Moore, and maybe, just maybe, Beiber fever will sweep the campus. Yes, Justin Beiber might show his tousled dirty-blonde hair, contributing his glittering smile and pre-pubescent vocal skills to the charity effort.

What participants can look forward to: workshops and meetings focused on five topics that are important to colleges across the country: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, alleviating poverty, and public health.

Expect traffic to be backed up around the Bank United Center in Coral Gables throughout the weekend, with secret service on full alert.

-- Karina Chavarria

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