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Albright to speak at public forum at Wellesley College

Posted by Caitlin Castello  January 8, 2010 09:01 AM

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Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright will be speaking at her alma mater on Jan. 19 at the first ever public event for the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs.

The forum, "Call to Action: Higher Education’s Role and Responsibility in Global Affairs", hosted by Wellesley College president, H. Kim Bottomly, is part of the three-week intensive study program offered to 40 undergraduate students.

“We are witnessing a generational change in the American political scene," said Albright, in a statement issued by Wellesley College. "This is the right time—and Wellesley is the right place—to help train a whole new group of young women leaders."

Announced in June, the Institute started on Jan. 4 and will run to Jan. 22 during the college’s winter session. The forums will focus on a wide range of topics including international banking and law, journalism, human rights, ecology, religion and business and be taught by 34 leaders in those fields.

"As a young woman who aspires to represent the U.S. government in the Middle East, I know the Albright Institute will undoubtedly provide me with an unparalleled opportunity to analyze diplomacy and international affairs in and out of the classroom," said Wellesley College senior, Alison Harrington of Westford, in a statement.

Other speakers at the forum will be president of Columbia University, Lee C. Bollinger, Spelman College president Beverly Daniel Tatum and Susan Hockfield, president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The public forum takes place Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 1:30-3 pm in Tishman Commons, Wang Campus Center at Wellesley College.

Caitlin Castello can be reached at caitlincastello@gmail.com

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