|- Former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine K. Albright|
As Secretary of State, she reinforced America’s alliances, advocated democracy and human rights and promoted American trade and business, labor and environmental standards abroad.
On May 29, 2012 President Obama awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom to Albright – the nation's highest civilian honor - citing the inspiration her life is to all and that her scholarship and insight continue to make the world a better, more peaceful place.
From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of the President’s Cabinet. Currently, Albright serves as chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair and principal of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory company focused on emerging markets. She is also the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Albright has also continued her distinguished career as a top political adviser. She chairs the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project; serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation; is a member of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, which provides the secretary of defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy; and is on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees for the Aspen Institute.
While in office, Albright was renowned for her courage in “telling it like it is.” Now, as a best-selling author and successful businessperson, she offers a unique and always lively account of service at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
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); and Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box, (2009).
In her most recent book, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, (April, 2012), she tells the story of her experiences and those of her family during and immediately after World War II.
In its ninth year, the Distinguished Speakers Series offers students and the University community the opportunity to hear and engage speakers of the highest caliber who inform and inspire.
The series is underwritten by student fees, as recommended by the Student Affairs Advisory Committee. A Distinguished Speakers Committee composed of faculty, staff and students select speakers who represent a variety of world views and backgrounds.
Past speakers have included former leader of Russia Mikhail Gorbachev, former TV network news anchor Dan Rather and Emmy-award winning CNN host Larry King.
This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for UTPA students, faculty and staff with a valid UTPA ID and at 7:20 p.m. for the general public.
Albright’s visit also coincides with the various activities being hosted by the Dean of Students Office in honor of Women's History Month.
"The Distinguished Speakers Committee is excited that Dr. Albright has accepted their invitation to speak at UTPA,” said Edna Zambrano, Student Union director. “Her visit will be historic for our University and for the Rio Grande Valley.”
For more information or special accommodations, call (956) 665-7989.