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August 12, 2013: News, Research and Events from Rice University's Baker Institute
Baker Institute Update: A 20th anniversary gala celebration
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Baker Institute celebrates 20th anniversary with galas, special events

This year, the Baker Institute is proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary. In that short time, we have become recognized as a top U.S. think tank and one of the best university-based think tanks in the world. To mark this milestone, the institute will host a number of special events, highlighted by a gala on Nov. 8 featuring a conversation with former President George W. Bush on "Addressing the Challenges of the 21st Century."

The anniversary gala will also include the presentation of the James A. Baker III Prize for Excellence in Leadership to the Honorable Hushang Ansary for his many years of distinguished public service. Ansary and his wife, Shahla, will additionally be recognized as our 20th anniversary gala chairs. We greatly appreciate their support of the institute during this important year.

The black-tie fundraising event will culminate with remarks from the Honorable James A. Baker, III, and Rice University President David Leebron that lead to a talk with President Bush moderated by founding director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian.

The 20th anniversary gala co-chairs — Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Bucky Allshouse, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tudor, and Mr. and Mrs. John Eddie Williams — and the Baker Institute invite you to join us for an extraordinary evening. Tickets start at $1,500 per person and may be purchased by phone at 713.348.2136 or by mail. For more information, please contact Christene Kimmel, director of development, at 713.348.2136 or

On Nov. 9, the institute’s anniversary celebration will continue with “Club Berlin,” an evening inspired by Baker's role in the fall of the Berlin Wall. Hosted by the Associate Roundtable, our young professionals group, Club Berlin will feature New York-based DJ KISS on the turntables. Guests will enjoy a ghost caviar bar, a world-class dessert bar and a charcuterie bar. A martini bar as well as signature Harvey Wallbangers will be provided by Grey Goose.

Jenna Bush Hager and Henry Hager, the event's honorary chairs, will be in attendance along with co-chairs Kristen and Lee Nix, Cody Sutton and Molly Ward.

Individual tickets for Club Berlin will soon be available for purchase on the Baker Institute website for $100 each. Sign up to receive an invitation through development director Christene Kimmel at or 713.348.2136.

Baker Institute Associate Roundtable members will get two tickets to Club Berlin at no charge as a "thank you" for their participation in our anniversary year. Find out more about joining our young professionals group!

As we celebrate our 20th year, the Baker Institute has also launched a special series of events highlighting its programs and research. Events this fall on the Affordable Care Act and the eurozone crisis follow earlier programs on U.S. engagement on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the crisis in Syria; a look at the future of U.S. policy in Latin America; and the politics of reform in China. Check our website for details of upcoming events as they become available.

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