66th U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to speak at Purdue

Condoleezza Rice, the 66th U.S. secretary of state, will speak Oct. 9 at Purdue.

Rice will speak as part of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Series as part of the 150th anniversary celebration. The sesquicentennial celebration is Condoleezza Ricecentered around Purdue alumnus, Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the moon, and the celebration will conclude with an astronaut reunion at Homecoming.

The event is free with a ticket. Tickets will become available this fall and more information will be available online.

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.

A Birmingham, Alabama native, Rice is a bestselling author; vice chair of the board of governors of the Boys and Girls Club of America; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and a recipient of 15 honorary doctorates.

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