Highland Capital Managment is an independently-owned investment firm based out of Dallas, Texas with offices in New York City, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Seoul with over 180 employees. It has long supported the Bush Center since it opened in 2013 and is one of the founding benefactors of that helped fund its development. Home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Musem, it is also located in Dallas, Texas on the campus of SMU. Read this article at Dallas News.
On January 8, 2018, the two organizations announced that Highland Capital Managment was gifting the center with an endowment of $10 million, adding to the $5 million it previously provided up until the centers opening. With this particular gifts, Highland Capital hopes to support it well into the future by enabling it to bring forth thought-provoking programming to Dallas. The firm remains impressed by the impact they have made in the community thus far, which include the “Engage Series” events that nurtured an open conversation centered around pressing policy issues. This investment will allow such an event to continue as part of the center’s long-term goals.
An event took place on February 5, 2018, that included the “Constitutional Conversations: Justice Scalia’s Memorable Speeches” and “James Madison & Today’s Media.” Admission for this two-part series was free, with the only condition being that those who wanted to attend needed to pre-register. The evening started with a dialogue with the son of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Christopher Scalia. Also, author of “Scalia Speaks: Reflection on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived,” which is a collection of speeches his father made throughout his life.
Following the first portion of the night, the second portion composed of a panel of experts that discussed the landscape of today’s media as well as thoughts James Madison might have on the matter considering he was the author of the First Amendment.
Some participate included Jeffery Rosen, president, and CEO of the National Constitution Center as well as an expert on Madison. In addition to Rosen’s expertise, Amanda Schnetzer hosted the panel as the Bush Institute Director of Global Initiatives. A night that was without any doubt remained filled with discussions that further influenced the community of Dallas, Texas. With their endowment, Highland Capital Management has ensured the Bush Center will continue their excellent work now and for more years to come and what a new start it has been. Learn more about Highland Capital at Affiliate Dork.