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Condoleezza Rice

In her first public appearance since the publication of her new family memoir, Secretary Rice provides a rare glimpse at the experiences that have shaped her world outlook and discusses her views on current issues. Rice details her remarkable childhood, which began in the late 1950s, when Birmingham blacks lived in segregation, and continued through the '60s, when Rice saw her girlhood friends lose their lives to the bloodshed of the era. Rice was the 66th U.S. secretary of state and the first black woman to hold that office. She will talk about the people and experiences that have guided her on her path to occupying one of the nation’s highest offices.

Prior to serving as secretary of state, she was the first woman ever to serve as national security advisor, was provost of Stanford from 1993 to 1999, and served as the Soviet and East European Affairs advisor during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.


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Underwritten by the Koret Foundation as part of the Principles of a Free Society Series

October 18, 2010

International Mark Hopkins Hotel
999 California St.
San Francisco, 94102
United States


Condoleezza Rice

Professor of Business and Political Science, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Author, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

In Conversation with Mary Cranston

Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors


11 a.m. check-in
noon program
1 p.m. book signing