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Madeleine Albright to Speak at UF March 26

March 19, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Just in time for Women’s History Month, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service is bringing to campus the first woman to become U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, on March 26 at 11 a.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Free tickets must be reserved in advance and are available in Pugh Hall, Room 220, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Albright will discuss her new book, “Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership,” and will be available to sign books following her talk.

Albright became the highest-ranking woman in the history of American government when she was sworn in as the 64th Secretary of State on January 23, 1997. Prior to her appointment, she served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of President Bill Clinton's Cabinet and National Security Council. She currently serves as the Mortara Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and is chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, chair of the Pew Global Attitudes Project, president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

"I'm honored that Secretary Albright has agreed to visit the Graham Center and share with its students and the university community her extraordinary experience of public service to our country,” said retired U.S. Senator and former Florida governor Bob Graham. “As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright represented American interests well by diligently advocating democracy and human rights, promoting American trade and business, and reinforcing America's alliances. There are few Secretaries of State who influenced United States foreign policy as much as Dr. Albright."

The Bob Graham Center for Public Service provides students with opportunities to train for future leadership positions, meet policymakers, and study the languages and cultures of nations with global influence such as China and the Middle East. Its mission is to foster public leadership and solve issues affecting Latin American nations and address homeland security. It also serves as a magnet to attract distinguished scholars and speakers to Florida.



Michael Bowen, Assistant Director of the Graham Center for Public Service
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