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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to speak at CSU April 19

March 24, 2011

As political and social unrest unfolds across the Middle East and Africa, Condoleezza Rice - the 66th secretary of state of the United States - will speak at Colorado State University at 7 p.m. April 19 at Moby Arena. Her talk will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer session. Rice's lecture will address her experience as secretary of state as well as her thoughts on current world events, foreign policy and education.

Condoleezza RiceMonfort Lecture Series

Rice's lecture is supported by the Monfort Family Foundation as part of the Monfort Lecture Series at Colorado State.

Ticket and lecture information

The lecture is sold out.

There is no waiting list for this event. If seats become available the night of the lecture, they will be filled beginning at 6:50 p.m. Those seeking available seating may wait in line at Moby Arena beginning at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 19.

The doors to Moby Arena will open at 5:30 p.m.

Early pick up of Will Call tickets is requested

Due to the large number of Will Call tickets being held, all lecture attendees are encouraged to pick up their Will Call tickets before 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, to avoid long lines.

Will Call pick up at the Campus Box Office located in the Lory Student Center is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m.

Will call pick up will begin at Moby Tuesday, April 19 at 5 p.m. on the ramps to the north concourse.

Served as the 66th secretary of state

From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the 66th secretary of state of the United States. Before serving as America’s chief diplomat, she served as assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security advisor) from January 2001 to 2005.

Rice is a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and professor of Political Science at Stanford University.

'Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family'

She is author of “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family,” (October 2010) which shares how her upbringing in segregated Birmingham, Alabama—along with her strong, caring family and parents—helped to shape the course of her life.

Humanitarian pursuits

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 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.  The Millennium Challenge Corporation promotes sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

Colorado connection

Rice 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 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 doctorate from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.