It might have been four years since she left the White House,
but Madeleine Albright is still tied up in today’s politics.
Albright, the highest ranking-female in the history of the
United States, will speak to a sold-out crowd at 8 p.m. Wednesday
in Moby Arena.
Albright was the 64th U.S. secretary of state during the Clinton
administration and continues to be involved in United States
foreign relations and advocacy.
She recently testified at hearings for an independent commission
investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and defended U.S. efforts
to dismantle al Qaeda, saying the Clinton administration did
everything it could to protect Americans, based on its intelligence
CSU Presents, a committee composed of 12 to 15 students,
teachers and faculty members, selected Albright to speak at CSU as
part of this year’s “Nation Building – Global and Local Challenges”
Bridges to the Future theme and Monfort Lecture Series.
“The CSU Presents committee chose her to really learn values and
life experiences from her views about U.S. nation building and our
relations abroad,” said Chrissy Snow, committee coordinator for CSU
During her tenure as secretary of state, Albright advocate human
rights, strengthen U.S. alliances, advance the American economy and
encourage standards for labor and environment overseas.
Michele Betsill, an associate professor of political science, is
impressed with Albright’s tenacity.
“She has served in positions that are historically delegated to
men,” Betsill said. “She has addressed important national issues
and she is very much a path breaker.”
While Jennifer McCloy, a graduate student studying English
education, agreed that Albright’s role as a female in politics is
important, she said she believes Albright’s influence reaches
beyond one gender.
“Anytime you have someone active in politics it is a huge deal
and it is important for people to attend to get variant
perspectives, in particular from someone who is at the foreground
of the happenings,” McCloy said.
Albright’s background of emigrating from Prague, Czechoslovakia,
in 1948 has developed into a career that comprises positions in the
National Security Council, on President Clinton’s cabinet, as U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations and on Capitol Hill.
Albright published her first book titled “Madam Secretary: A
Memoir” in 2003.
Sighting Albright’s integral experiences, Joe Baker, a political
science graduate teaching assistant, said students would gain
immense knowledge from the former secretary of state’s
“Learning more about international relations and about the U.S.
place in those relations, as a world power, is significant,” Baker
said. “Given what’s going on with various international events this
is a very important speech.”
Students may submit questions for Albright to the Information
Desk in the Lory Student Center. The deadline for submissions is