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2015 Wonk of the Year

Wonk of the Year 2015

Wonk of the Year

Laura Bush is 2015 Wonk of the Year

This year's honoree is former First Lady Laura Bush, who will receive the Wonk of the Year award and speak at AU's Bender Arena on Wednesday, April 8th.

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Laura Bush Bio

Laura Bush biography

One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights.

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About the Award

The Wonk of the Year award recognizes a well-known individual who represents the embodiment of a wonk—someone smart, passionate, focused, and engaged who uses their knowledge and influence to create meaningful change in the world.


Kennedy Political Union logo

The Kennedy Political Union (KPU) is American University’s non-partisan, student-run, student-funded speakers bureau.

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2013 Wonk of the Year

Anderson Cooper Accepts Award

American University and the Kennedy Political Union (KPU) honored Anderson Cooper as Wonk of the Year for 2013.

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President Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, accepts the 2012 Wonk of the Year Award.