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Albright speaking at DePauw

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, will hold an interactive dialogue with the DePauw University community as part of the September 18-20 DePauw Discourse 2008: America's Role in the World.

"In Conversation with Madeleine Albright" will take place at 8 p.m. September 19 in Kresge Auditorium of the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts.

The event is free and open to the public.

"In an election year, and with a range of increasingly global challenges facing citizens of this nation and the world, the fifth DePauw Discourse promises to be timely and provocative," says Joyce Taglauer Green `75, chair of DePauw Discourse. "We are delighted to announce this year's programs and welcome alumni, students, members of the faculty and staff, and friends of DePauw to be part of these conversations."

Over the course of three days, DePauw Discourse 2008 will also feature the following sessions:

* "A Conversation with Lee Hamilton '52," former U.S. Congressman, co-chair of the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group, and member of the War Powers Commission.

* "Informing and Enlightening: Journalism's Role Amidst a Global War of Ideas."

* "America Through Middle Eastern Eyes: A Conversation with Saad Eddin Ibrahim," an Egyptian pro-democracy activist and former professor of sociology at DePauw.

* "Smart Power: Pursuing a Global Development Agenda to Thwart Health Pandemics and Extreme Poverty."

* "International Corporate Citizenship: Seeking Social and Economic ROI."

In addition to Albright, Hamilton and Ibrahim, DePauw Discourse 2008: America's Role in the World presenters will include: Bret Baier '92, FOX News Channel chief White House correspondent; Pamela Carter, president of Cummins Distribution Business; Sally Cowal '66, vice president of Population Services International; Newt Crenshaw '85, vice president of international corporate affairs for Eli Lilly and Co.; Nisreen El-Shamayleh '04, Saudi KSA2 correspondent in Amman, Jordan; Doug Frantz '71, senior writer for Condé Naste Portfolio and former managing editor of the Los Angeles Times ; Kathy Hubbard '74, founder of Bridges of Understanding; Jeffrey Kenney, DePauw University professor and chair of religious studies and co-coordinator of the Jewish Studies Program; Ernest Loevinsohn, director general of the Canadian International Development Agency; Martha Raddatz, ABC News chief White House correspondent; Steve Sanger '68, former CEO of General Mills; Bob Steele '69, DePauw University's Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism; James B. Stewart '73, author, investigative journalist and editor-at-large of SmartMoney; John Tedstrom '84, executive director of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS; and Don Wycliff, former New York Times reporter and Chicago Tribune public editor.

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Madeleine Korbel Albright was sworn in as America's first female Secretary of State on Jan. 23, 1997, making her, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government.

Albright is currently principal of The Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm. She also serves as the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Albright is also chairperson for the Women, Faith and Development Alliance, which aims to end global poverty among women.

As Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, 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.

In 1995, she led the U.S. delegation to the United Nation's Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.

Albright was a member of President Jimmy Carter's National Security Council and White House staff from 1978 to 1981, and from 1976 to 1978, she served as chief legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie.

Albright's autobiography, "Madam Secretary: A Memoir," was published in 2003. In 2006, she published "The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs." Her latest book, "Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership," was published in January.

"In Conversation with Madeleine Albright" will be moderated by Douglas Frantz, a 1971 graduate of DePauw who is currently a senior writer for Condé Nast Portfolio and was previously the longtime managing editor of the Los Angeles Times.

Established in 2004, DePauw Discourse is an annual symposium that brings some of the nation's leading thinkers and policymakers together with the University community.

For more information contact discourse@depauw.edu with questions or call Steve Setchell or Dana Moell at (800) 446-5298.

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