66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice coming to U-M next month

Editor’s note: This story has been amended to reflect a new location for Condoleezza Rice’s public talk Oct. 4.

Condoleezza Rice, the 66th U.S. secretary of state, will participate in a number of activities next month during a two-day visit to the University of Michigan campus.

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Condoleezza Rice

Rice’s itinerary includes a conversation moderated by Michael Barr, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, that will be open to the public. She is expected to discuss a number of topics including her career in public service and the current state of foreign affairs.

This free ticketed event will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 in Rackham Auditorium. The talk was moved from its previously announced location due to strong demand. Online registration is required.

During her visit, Rice will spend time with students and faculty from across campus. As previously announced, she will teach a master class as part of the launch of the Ford School’s Weiser Diplomacy Center. She also will serve as honorary captain at the Oct. 5 U-M football game.

“We are thrilled Condoleezza Rice will share her considerable expertise and perspectives with our community during her special visit to our campus,” said President Mark. Schlissel, who invited Rice to campus along with Barr.

“Professor Rice is a great example of an engaged scholar who has devoted a significant fraction of her career to public service, based on both her academic expertise and personal interests. Running the gamut from national security to reforming NCAA basketball, she has had significant impact on who we are as a nation.”

Rice served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009. She was the second woman and first African-American woman to have this high-ranking position. From 2001 to 2005, Rice was the first woman to serve as the national security adviser.

Rice has an extensive background in higher education. She has been on the faculty at Stanford University as a professor of political science since 1981 and served as the university’s provost from 1993 to 1999. She currently serves as the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.

Rice’s afternoon lecture at the Ford School is part of a series hosted by the Weiser Diplomacy Center. The center was funded by a $10 million gift from Board of Regents Chair Ron Weiser and his wife, Eileen, with the goal of serving as a hub for engagement with the foreign policy community.

Other speakers for the Weiser series include former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Ambassadors Gerald Feierstein, John Limbert, Ronald Neumann and Deborah McCarthy.

“Our fall speakers include a pantheon of foreign policy experts who have held leading roles over the past several U.S. administrations and in key international organizations,” said John Ciorciari, director of Weiser Diplomacy Center. “Their engagement reflects the importance of the new Weiser Diplomacy Center and U-M’s growing role as a hub for dialogue on world affairs.”

While best known for her expertise in foreign policy, national security and her work with the Bush administration, Rice also has stood out for her love of football.

In 2013, Rice was selected as one of the 13 inaugural members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. In an interview with ESPN the following year, Rice revealed that she watched 14 or 15 games every week live on TV on Saturdays and recorded games on Sundays.

Rice’s visit to U-M will coincide with homecoming weekend and she will act as an honorary captain of the U-M football team. She will participate in the pregame coin-toss ceremony before the Wolverines take on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

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