Madeleine Albright to Speak at Augustana Nov. 4

The Center for Western Studies at Augustana College today announced that former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has been named the speaker for the 2010 Boe Forum on Public Affairs.

Albright’s address, entitled “Geopolitics and the Implications for Doing Business and Investing Around the World," will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Elmen Center, located at 2505 S. Grange Ave on the Augustana campus.

Tickets will be available at beginning Monday, Sept. 27. Beginning Monday, Oct. 25, any remaining tickets may be obtained from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Center for Western Studies, 2121 S. Summit Ave.

“Dr. Albright is among the most iconic and revered figures in American politics and we are simply thrilled to welcome her to campus during a year that marks both Augustana’s Sesquicentennial and the 40th anniversary of the Center for Western Studies,” said Dr. Harry Thompson, CWS executive director. “In addition to her public presentation, Dr. Albright is also taking time to participate in a group discussion with our students – an experience they will be sure to treasure for years to come.”

Albright is the chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.

In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated democracy and human rights and promoted American trade and business, labor and environmental standards abroad.

From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of the President’s Cabinet. She is a professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. Albright serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees for the Aspen Institute. In 2009, Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to chair a group of experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.

Through the Boe Forum on Public Affairs, the Center for Western Studies at Augustana has hosted many of the world’s most influential leaders, including: Gen. Colin Powell (1995), President George H. W. Bush (1995), Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1999), Jordan's Queen Noor (2001), Vice President Al Gore (2007), Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox (2007), and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (2008).

Albright is the author of four New York Times best-sellers: 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 next book, While I Was Growing Up, is slated for release in 2012. It tells the story of Albright's experiences and those of her family during and immediately after World War II, thus providing a fresh lens through which to view some of the modern era's most tumultuous years.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations