Great Names 2010: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state under George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States, will be the next guest in the Sacerdote Great Names series at Hamilton College. She will give a lecture on Monday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. No tickets will be needed for the free event, but seats for the general public will be limited, on a first-come, first-served basis, because members of the Hamilton College community will receive priority seating.

Information about large group reservations (20-40 people) and handicapped seating will be available on the Hamilton Great Names website and on the INFO line, (315) 859-4636.

Dr. Rice is the co-director of the Center for Global Business and the Economy at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where she is also a professor. Rice is also the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of political science. From January 2005 to 2009, she served as the 66th U.S. secretary of state. Prior to that, she served as assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security advisor) from January 2001 to 2005.

Rice joined the Stanford University faculty as a professor of political science in 1981 and served as Stanford University's provost from 1993 to 1999. She was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution from 1991 to 1993 and returned to the Hoover Institution after serving as provost until 2001. As a professor, Rice won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She is the author of the upcoming Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (October 2010), which shares how her upbringing in segregated Birmingham, Ala. -- along with her strong, caring family and parents -- helped to shape the course of her life. She has also has authored and co-authored several other books, including Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995), with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986), with Alexander Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

Rice served as a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron, Charles Schwab and Transamerica corporations. She was a founding board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, Calif., and was vice president of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. She currently serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Rice has been involved in a number of humanitarian pursuits, most notably with PEPFAR (The President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief) and in creating and serving on the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Both endeavors increased aid to developing countries and the world's poorest, most disadvantaged populations. PEPFAR was the largest commitment of funds from any single nation to combat a single disease at any time in history and the Millennium Challenge Corporation promotes sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

She currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.

The Sacerdote Series is named in recognition of a significant gift from the family of Alex Sacerdote, a 1994 Hamilton graduate. Previous Great Names at Hamilton guests include Jon Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Al Gore, Tom Brokaw, Bill Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, Madeleine Albright, Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In 1998, jazz and blues singer/musician B.B. King was the first artist to appear as part of the series.
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