Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice to Speak at Duke

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak in Duke University's Page Auditorium on Tuesday, April 10. Rice will deliver the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Beginning April 4, tickets will be available for pickup at the Duke Box Office, or online at Parking for the event is available in the Bryan Center garage.

From 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the 66th secretary of state; she was the second woman and first African-American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush's national security adviser (2001-05), the first woman to hold that position, and she was involved in the response to the 9/11 attacks and the decisions to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

She also previously served on the National Security Council under President George H.W. Bush from 1989-91. Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy and director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, will host the discussion.

"Condoleezza Rice has served at the highest levels of government during some of the most important periods in American foreign policy: the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the 9/11 attacks, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq," said Feaver, who served as a special adviser on the National Security Council staff during the George W. Bush administration. "Moreover, she has a fascinating story of her own journey from the Jim Crow era to the White House. We are very fortunate to have her visit Duke to share her perspective on America's role in the world today, how we got here and where we need to go."

Following her stint as secretary of state, Rice returned to Stanford University, where she had previously served as provost. She is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. She is also a political science professor and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, a conservative policy analysis group at the university.

Rice is the author and co-author of several books, including two recent bestsellers, "No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington" (2011) and "Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family" (2010). The event is co-sponsored by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, the Sanford School of Public Policy, Triangle Institute for Security Studies, the Duke Office of Global Strategy and Programs, and the Alexander Hamilton Society.