Madeleine Albright to Speak

Barrier breaking Madeleine Albright will be in Indianapolis Wednesday, March 24 to speak at Clowes Memorial Hall on  the campus of Butler University. Tickets to this Indianapolis event are FREE to all Indianapolis people. Unfortunately, all tickets have already been distributed, but open seats will be released at fifteen minutes prior to the lecture at 7:15 pm. Don’t miss this distinguished American Diplomat presented by the Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series.

Madeleine Albright is the first woman to become a United States Secretary of State. Appointed by President Bill Clinton in December of 1996, Albright was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in a vote of 99 to 0. Her journey to becoming one of the most powerful women in the world began in an unlikely path. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1937 to Jewish parents, Albright led an early life of privilege due to her father’s position as press attache for the Czechoslovak Embassy in Belgrade.

However,  when the Munich Agreement was signed in 1938, Czechoslovakia fell into the hands of Adolf Hitler. Because of her families links with Evard Benes, a Czech democrat, they were forced into exile. Prior to fleeing to England, the family converted from Judaism to Roman Catholicism. While in England, her family endured the worst of the Blitz. Luckily, her family was eventually able to move to the outskirts of London, in order to distance themselves from the violence and destruction.

Albright became Episcopalian when she was married in 1959. It wasn’t until much later that she learned her family was Jewish and that many of her Jewish relatives, including three of her grandparents, died in The Holocaust.

Albright moved to the United States when she was a teenager. Eventually her family moved to Georgetown in Washington D.C., where she began to study international relations. Albright holds a number of degrees and doctorates, in political studies and foreign relations. In 1993, she secured her first diplomatic position as an appointed ambassador to the United Nations. Since then she has been an instrumental player in national and world politics.

After her time as the Secretary of State ended in 2001, Albright’s career has continued to flourish. She founded the Albright Group, an international strategy consulting firm with big name clients like Coca-Cola, Merck and Dubai Ports World. She currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations Broad of directors and on the international Advisory Committee of the Brookings Doha Center.  She is also a professor at Georgetown University where she teaches diplomacy.

Her advice is highly sought after, as are her opinions on various foreign policy issues. She was even invited to the White House several times during the Bush administration to discuss foreign policy and Iraq. She is the author of several books, depicting her time in the national spotlight, the difficult decisions she made and the causes she championed.

Hear her speak about her exciting life, the battles she fought, lost and won. Albright paints a vivid sketch of her time as Secretary of State and offers honest descriptions of foreign leaders from around the world. In addition, she will address the changing role America plays in the world, the global economy, current regional conflicts and the future of democracy. See this successful businessperson, author and diplomat at Clowes Memorial Hall this Wednesday, March 24, as she shares a no-holds-barred account of her service to the American government. Don’t miss this FREE Indianapolis education event.

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Madeleine Albright
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Clowes Memorial Hall

4602 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208