Current and former top U.S. diplomatic officials, including former Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, will be part of a new lecture series this fall at the Weiser Diplomacy Center in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

The lectures, which continue through November, kick off Sept. 6 with a talk by Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for North Korea and a University of Michigan alumnus.

Biegun’s talk is titled “International Diplomacy Challenges: North Korea” and is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Rackham Amphitheatre. It is free and open to the public.

“The Ford School is at the forefront of many of the challenging issues facing our world today, and the Weiser Diplomacy Center will further our ability to tackle such issues,” said Michael Barr, the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy. “Bringing Stephen Biegun to speak to students about North Korea negotiations is a perfect example of this.”

This new hub for the study and practice of diplomacy will bring leaders in foreign affairs to campus for dialogue with students and the public to strengthen U-M’s role as a national leader in international policy education.

The talks are free but tickets will be required for Clinton’s speech. The speaker lineup also includes:

  • Former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and former Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried, 4-6 p.m. Sept. 13, Annenberg Auditorium, Weill Hall.
  • Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, 4-5:20 p.m., Sept. 25, Annenberg Auditorium, Weill Hall.
  • Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Oct. 4. This event is by invitation only. A public event will take place earlier in the day, and details will be forthcoming.
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Rackham Auditorium. Get ticketing information.
  • Ambassadors Gerald Feierstein, John Limbert, Ronald Neumann and Deborah McCarthy, 4-6 p.m. Nov. 21, Annenberg Auditorium, Weill Hall.

“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.”

The center was formed last year with a $10 million gift from U-M alumni Ron and Eileen Weiser.