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Last modified: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Former U.S. secretary of state to speak at Indiana University Bloomington

Albright to present lecture for College of Arts and Sciences Themester

Oct. 11, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as secretary of state of the United States, will present a public lecture Nov. 2 at Indiana University Bloomington as part of the IU College of Arts and Sciences' Themester 2011 "Making War, Making Peace."

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright

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The lecture, sponsored by the Indiana Memorial Union Board, will begin at 7 p.m. at IU Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Advance student tickets became available this week, and tickets will be available to the public on Monday (Oct. 17). Tickets are available in person at the Auditorium box office, which is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Albright was named the 64th secretary of state in 1997 by President Bill Clinton. As secretary of state, her goals were to reinforce America's alliances, advocate democracy and human rights, and promote American trade and business, labor and environmental standards abroad.

"Bringing a speaker of Madeleine Albright's stature will attract a large, diverse group of students and faculty because of her extensive political and economic experience in national and global affairs, as well as her current political beliefs on how the U.S. can continue to position itself on the world stage," said George Thomas, Union Board lectures director.

From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and as a member of the Clinton Cabinet. Today, she is a professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and chair of Albright Stonebridge Group.

She is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership (2008); and Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box (2009). Her upcoming book Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, slated for release in 2012, tells the story of Albright's experiences and those of her family during and immediately after World War II.

Albright serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and the Center for a New American Security. In 2009, she was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to chair a group of experts focused on developing NATO's New Strategic Concept.

Co-sponsors of the lecture are Union Board, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Kelley School of Business, Maurer School of Law, Office of Women's Affairs, Hutton Honors College, Department of History, Department of Economics and the Russian and East European Institute.

The College of Arts and Sciences Themester combines academic courses, film screenings, public lectures, exhibits and other events to engage students and the Bloomington community in a collective learning experience about timely and urgent issues. More information about the lecture is available at