Susan E. Rice, former national security adviser and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will discuss her distinguished career and best-selling memoir, “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For,” during a talk with Michael Barr, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Headshot of Susan Rice
Susan Rice

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in Annenberg Auditorium at Weill Hall, and is part of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium.

Rice served under President Barack Obama as U.N. ambassador from 2009-13, the first African-American woman to hold that position. She worked on global issues of security, human rights and prosperity while striving to build an effective basis of cooperation amid dramatically shifting international developments, such as the Libyan civil war.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting Ambassador Susan Rice to talk about her memoir, ‘Tough Love,’ on MLK Day,” Barr said. “We’ve been friends for over 30 years, and I’ve always relied on her for tough advice and loving friendship. I’m excited to be moderating a conversation about her life’s work, leadership, and the path ahead for our democracy.”

Currently, Rice is a distinguished visiting research fellow at the American University School of International Service, a non-resident senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times.

From 2002-08, Rice was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She served as U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs from 1997-2001. From 1993-97, she was special assistant to the president and senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council, as well as director of international organizations and peacekeeping on the NSC staff.

Rice serves on the board of Netflix, and previously was a director at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Bureau of National Affairs (now Bloomberg BNA), U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and numerous other nonprofits.

Rice received her master’s and doctorate degrees in international relations from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in history from Stanford University.

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