Bill Clinton tells DePauw students world too unequal

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Bill Clinton says the 21st century is "full of promise" despite problems ranging from authoritarian regimes to climate change.

The former president spoke to thousands of college students Friday as part of a lecture series at DePauw University in Greencastle, about 38 miles west of Indianapolis. Clinton's lecture was entitled "Our Common Humanity."

Clinton says this is an "amazing time" of scientific advances like the discovery of planets orbiting other stars, but the world is too unequal, too unstable and the modern way of life is unsustainable.

He points to the deaths of millions of people from preventable diseases, the worldwide financial crisis and global warming as examples.

Before the speech, Clinton and Democrat John Gregg met with about 15 people who donated $5,000 each to Gregg's campaign for governor.

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