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Madeleine Albright Confirmed as the 2016 Anderson Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker

June 2016

Madeleine Albright, America's first female Secretary of State, has been confirmed as the 2016 Anderson Distinguished Lecture Series speaker. The event will be held at Miami University’s Millett Hall on Monday, October 17 starting at 7PM. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The original “Madam Secretary,” Madeleine K. Albright is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. 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 U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the secretary of defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. She also serves on 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.

On May 29, 2012, President Obama awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the U.S. Medal of Freedom, to Dr. Albright, citing the inspiration her life is to all and that her scholarship and insight continue to make the world a better, more peaceful place.

Albright is the author of five 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); Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box, (2009); and, her most recent book, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, (April, 2012) in which she tells the story of Albright's experiences and those of her family during and immediately after World War II, providing a fresh lens through which to view some of the modern era's most tumultuous years.

The Jack R. Anderson Distinguished Lecture Series, funded through an endowment established by Jack R. Anderson (Miami ’41) in 2000, exposes students, faculty and staff to people and ideas that are impacting business and society. ASL interpreters will be provided for the lecture. Other accommodation requests should be directed to student disability services at (513) 529-1541 or SDS@MiamiOH.edu at least 48 hours prior to the event. Biography provided by The Washington Speakers Bureau.