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Madeleine Albright to deliver Luskin Lecture, accept UCLA Medal

The first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State will receive UCLA's highest honor

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will present remarks and participate in a public discussion hosted by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
 
Prior to her address, presented as part of the Meyer and Renee Luskin Lecture Series, Albright will receive the UCLA Medal, the university's highest honor, from former UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale.
 
When President Bill Clinton appointed her as Secretary of State in 1997, Albright became the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. She led the country's diplomatic corps during a dynamic period of expanding global engagement, advocating for democracy and human rights around the world. Her other government experience includes service as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council.
 
Today, Albright is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She is also the Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. In 2012 President Barack Obama honored her achievements with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
 
"It is a privilege for the campus to bestow the UCLA Medal upon Secretary Albright, whose tireless commitment to expanding democracy and ensuring human rights around the world are an inspiration to countless people," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. "With principled vision, she has been a trailblazer for women and a champion for diplomacy throughout her life."
 
The UCLA Medal is bestowed on those with exceptionally distinguished academic and professional achievement whose bodies of work or contributions to society illustrate the highest ideals of UCLA. Recipients have included national and international leaders in government, education, science, industry and the arts. Previous recipients include Nobel laureates, President Bill Clinton, UCLA alumnus and Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, basketball coach John Wooden, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and UCLA alumnus and astronaut Anna L. Fisher.
 
In her lecture, "The Next Generation of Global Leadership," Albright will apply her unique perspective to the pressing questions of equality, democracy and leadership that face the next generation of diplomats, elected officials and public intellectuals. Her address will be followed by a question-and-answer period moderated by UCLA Luskin Dean Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.
 
"The students and scholars at UCLA Luskin work to bring positive change to the world, and they stand ready to be a part of the changing face of leadership that is addressing challenges in an environment of rapidly shifting political and cultural landscapes," Gilliam said. "I am delighted to welcome Secretary Albright to the UCLA community, and I look forward to a stimulating discussion."
 
The event is the latest in the school's signature Luskin Lecture Series, which has featured speakers including former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton and Children's Defense Fund founder and president Marian Wright Edelman.
 
EVENT DETAILS
 
The Next Generation of Global Leadership: 
A Conversation with the Honorable Madeleine Albright
 
When: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 7 p.m.
 
Where: UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, 90095
 
RSVP required. For free tickets visit albrightluskinlecture.eventbrite.com

News media wishing to cover the lecture should contact Alex Boekelheide at 310-889-8275 or alex.boekelheide@luskin.ucla.edu for parking and other logistical information.
 
Founded in 1994 and dedicated in 2011, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is a leading institution for research and scholarship in the areas of public policy, social welfare and urban planning. Based in the global metropolis of Los Angeles, UCLA Luskin develops creative solutions and innovative leaders that confront challenges in immigration, drug policy, prison reform, transportation, the environment and other areas vital to the continued health and well-being of our global society. 
 
UCLA is California's largest university, with an enrollment of more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The UCLA College of Letters and Science and the university’s 11 professional schools feature renowned faculty and offer 337 degree programs and majors. UCLA is a national and international leader in the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. Seven alumni and six faculty have been awarded the Nobel Prize.
 
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