Kumpuris Lecture Series with Madeleine Albright

Kumpuris Lecture Series with Madeleine Albright

Secretary Madeleine Albright

2.15.2010

Secretary Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright was the first woman to become U.S. Secretary of State when she was appointed by then-President Clinton in 1996. Born in Czechoslovakia, Albright attended school in Switzerland and in Denver at Kent Denver School, and later majored in political science on a scholarship at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She became a US citizen in 1957, earning a PhD. in Public Law and Government from Columbia University. She was Ambassador to the United Nations under President Clinton before being appointed Secretary of State. Albright has published three books since leaving public office; her memoir, “Madam Secretary” in 2003, "The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs” in 2006 and recently “Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership” in 2008. She is also the chairperson of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation.

As part of the Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series at the Clinton Center, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discusses her new book, "Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box," about how jewelry became part of her personal diplomatic arsenal. In 1997, Albright was named the first female secretary of state and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government.

Please visit her new exhibit, "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection," at the Clinton Center. The exhibit features more than 200 pins worn by Secretary of State Albright to communicate a strategic message during her diplomatic tenure.