The Boe Forum on Public Affairs

Condoleezza Rice will speak at the 2018 Boe Forum on Public Affairs at Augustana University

Augustana University and the Center for Western Studies will bring 66th U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to speak at the 2018 Boe Forum on Public Affairs on Tuesday, March 20.

Rice, who also served as national security advisor under President George W. Bush during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, will discuss “America’s National Security and the World.”

Additional details about the event, as well as information on free tickets, will be announced in early 2018. 

“Since its inception in 1995, the Boe Forum on Public Affairs has sought to provide access to individuals who can address events, issues or problems of worldwide or national concern and of broad public interest,” said Dr. Harry Thompson, executive director of the Center for Western Studies. “The Boe Forum Committee's selection of Dr. Condoleezza Rice to address the topic of national security fulfills in an especially timely way the mission of the Center for Western Studies to improve the quality of social and cultural life in the Northern Plains region.”

Augustana University President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin agreed.

“Augustana is honored to host Secretary Rice, a renowned scholar, author, professor and stateswoman, as the 2018 Boe Forum speaker,” Herseth Sandlin said. “During her service to our country over the past 30 years, Condoleezza Rice helped lead American foreign policy during some of history’s most significant events — from the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that followed. Her insight and perspective on the topic of national security in the world today will no doubt be both highly engaging and thought-provoking.”

About Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of political science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

From January 2005-09, Rice served as the 66th secretary of state of the United States, the second woman and first African-American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s national security advisor from January 2001-05, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993-99, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military.

From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as director; senior director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and special assistant to the President for national security affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

As professor of political science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors — the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored numerous books, including two best sellers, “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” (2011) and “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family” (2010); and co-authored “Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft” (1995) with Philip Zelikow; “The Gorbachev Era” (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and “Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army” (1984). Rice is also the author of “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom” (2017).

In 1991, Rice cofounded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America). CNG has since expanded to local BGCA chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta, and Dallas. She remains an active proponent of an extended learning day through after-school programs.

Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master's degree from the University of Notre Dame; and her doctor of philosophy degree from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Rice is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded 11 honorary doctorates. She currently resides in Stanford, California.

About the Boe Forum

Through the Boe Forum on Public Affairs, the Center for Western Studies has hosted many of the world’s most influential leaders. View past Boe Forum speakers.

The Boe Forum on Public Affairs is an affairs program of the Center for Western Studies, along with the Dakota Conference on the Northern Plains and the Public Affairs imprint series. Whereas the Dakota Conference considers issues specific to the Northern Plains, usually in their historical and cultural contexts, the Boe Forum examines national and international issues of interest to residents of the Northern Plains.