Moby sells out for Albright

Mar 292004
Authors: Christiana Nelson

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


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