Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Speak at Aspen Institute

July 15, 2008  • Institute Contributor

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Speak at Aspen Institute

Aspen, CO, July 15, 2008 –– The next installment of the 2008 Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series will feature a conversation with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Secretary Albright will discuss her newest book, Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership (HarperCollins) with President and CEO of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at the Doerr-Hosier Center on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. The series is made possible by a gift from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation. Tickets for the McCloskey Speaker Series will be $10 each and will go on sale starting July 16 through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House. As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the lecture. 

Madeleine K. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade and business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the US Permanent Representative to the UN and as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Dr. Albright currently serves as Principal of The Albright Group LLC and Chair and Principal of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Albright co-chairs the UNDP’s Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees for the Aspen Institute and the Board of Directors of the Center for a New American Security.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling Aspen Show tickets at the Wheeler Opera House at 970-920-5770. For more information on the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series and other events open to the public, please call 970-544-7914 or call the information hotline at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at

All programs listed below will convene at the Walter Paepcke Memorial Auditorium, located at 1000 North Third Street, Aspen, CO, unless otherwise noted.

Other speakers to be featured in the McCloskey Speaker Series include: 

July 30 Cokie Roberts, best-selling author and renowned political commentator
“Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation”
6:30 – 7:30 pm
August 1 Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution and former Deputy Secretary of State
“The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation”
5:00 – 6:30 pm
August 6 John D. Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of State (Note new date)
“Enduring US Foreign Policy Priorities”
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Will be held in Doerr-Hosier Center
August 12 Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health
“The AIDS Era: A Historical Perspective”
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Other public events at the Aspen Institute include:

August 14 John McCain, presumptive Republican presidential nominee and Arizona Senator
3:00 pm – Will be held in Greenwald Pavilion

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The Institute is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Its international network includes partner Aspen Institutes in Berlin, Rome, Lyon, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Bucharest, and leadership programs in Africa, Central America and India.

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