8/15/2008
 
From Czechoslovak Immigrant to U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright to Speak in Houston
 

HOUSTON, TX (Aug. 15, 2008) – Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, an immigrant from Czechoslovakia who rose to become one of the world’s most powerful women, will discuss her life and current role in the Genocide Prevention Task Force in a free public lecture in Houston this September.

Albright will speak in Houston on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at the University Theater, Morris Cultural Arts Center, at Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren Road. The lecture, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is sponsored by Holocaust Museum Houston and presented as part of the Museum’s Lester and Sue Smith Distinguished Lecture Series.

Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. Visit www.hmh.org/register.asp to register online. For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 100 or e-mail events@hmh.org.

Albright speaks with humor, insight and eloquence about her life and career. She is expected to paint a vivid portrait of her years as secretary of state and offer candid descriptions of foreign leaders she encountered throughout the world.

She will discuss America’s role in the world, the effect of strife on the global economy, current regional conflicts, the future of democracy and the challenge of ensuring security and building peace. 

Albright is also expected to speak about her role as co-chairman of the Genocide Prevention Task Force jointly convened by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the American Academy of Diplomacy and the United States Institute of Peace. The Task Force, formed in 2007, plans to generate practical recommendations to enhance the U.S. government's capacity to respond to emerging threats of genocide and mass atrocities.

"The world agrees that genocide is unacceptable and yet genocide and mass killings continue. Our challenge is to match words to deeds and stop allowing the unacceptable. That task, simple on the surface, is in fact one of the most persistent puzzles of our times. We have a duty to find the answer before the vow of 'never again' is once again betrayed," Secretary Albright said when named to co-chair the task force with former Defense Secretary William Cohen.

Albright served as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first woman secretary of state and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

She currently serves as a principal of The Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm, and Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.

Albright is the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. She is the chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, chair of The Pew Global Attitudes Project and president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She serves as co-chair of the Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees for the Aspen Institute. She has penned three best-selling books including a memoir, "Madam Secretary" (2003); "The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God and World Affairs" (2006); and "Memo to the President-Elect: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership" (2008).

Albright earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, and her master’s and doctorate from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government. She also holds a certificate from the Russian Institute.

Albright’s appearance is generously underwritten by The Smith Foundation, with special thanks to Continental Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.

For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.

 
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