Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia announced today that Cox Enterprises, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company will sponsor “The Carter Presidency: Lessons for the 21st Century,” a conference at UGA Jan. 19-21 commemorating the 30th anniversary of Jimmy Carter’s inauguration as president of the United States.
“The University of Georgia is deeply grateful to these sponsors for their financial support of the Carter conference,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “Public-private partnerships such as this are the only way that such a remarkable event can become a reality, and these great Georgia companies have made significant commitments to support this historic conference.”
The three-day conference is attracting leading scholars, Carter administration officials and journalists to the UGA campus to discuss the lessons learned from the Carter years on such issues as energy policy, the Middle East, Islamic fundamentalism, environmental concerns, human rights, regulatory reform and mental health. In addition to academic presentations and panel discussions, the conference will include a town hall meeting with the president and First Lady Rosalynn Carter and a keynote address by the president.
Conference participants include Walter Mondale, former vice president; Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court justice; Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state; Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter’s principal foreign policy advisor; Stuart Eizenstat, Carter’s chief domestic policy advisor; and Michael Beschloss, presidential historian.
Cox Enterprises is one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services, with 2005 revenues of $12 billion and 78,000 employees. Major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications, Inc. (cable television distribution, telephone, high-speed Internet access and other advanced broadband services); Cox Newspapers, Inc. (newspapers, local and national direct mail advertising and customized newsletters); Cox Television (television and television sales rep firms); Cox Radio, Inc. (broadcast radio stations and interactive Web sites); Manheim (vehicle auctions, repair and certification services and Web-based technology products); and Cox Auto Trader (automotive publications and a majority stake in AutoTrader.com). For more information on Cox Enterprises, see www.coxenterprises.com.
The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company. Along with Coca-Cola®, recognized as the world’s most valuable brand, the company markets four of the world’s top five soft drink brands, including Diet Coke®, Fanta® and Sprite® and a wide range of other beverages including diet and light soft drinks, waters, juices and juice drinks, teas, coffees, and energy and sports drinks. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in over 200 countries enjoy the company’s beverages at a rate exceeding 1.3 billion servings each day. For more information, see www.thecoca-colacompany.com.
The conference is organized by UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.