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George W. Bush, former President of the United States, speaks during the Opening Ceremony ahead of the 2013 Walker Cup at National Golf Links of America on September 6, 2013 in Southampton, New York.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

George W. Bush, former President of the United States, speaks during the Opening Ceremony ahead of the 2013 Walker Cup at National Golf Links of America on September 6, 2013 in Southampton, New York. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

DENVER (AP) — Students, faculty and alumni at the University of Denver plan to protest when the university’s international studies school presents an award to former president George W. Bush.

Bush is scheduled to be recognized Monday at a fundraising dinner in Denver, both for his service as president and his efforts to fight HIV, cervical cancer and malaria in Africa.

The Josef Korbel School’s decision has outraged many at the school who fault the 43rd president for starting the war in Iraq and allowing the use of torture on prisoners.

University spokeswoman Kim DeVigil says the university is honored that a two-term former president is visiting. She says a university should be a place where civil discourse involving all different views can take place.

More than 1,100 people are expected to attend the private, sold-out event.

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