Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Speak at Colorado State University April 19

Note to Reporters: For press credentials for the lecture, contact Jennifer Dimas at (970) 491-1543 or by 5 p.m. Monday, April 18. Photographs and video recording, without audio, will be allowed for the first three minutes of the lecture. No audio recording will be permitted.

As political and social unrest unfolds across the Middle East and Africa, Condoleezza Rice – the 66th secretary of state of the United States – will speak at Colorado State University at 7 p.m. April 19 at Moby Arena. Her talk will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer session. Rice’s lecture will address her experience as secretary of state as well as her thoughts on current world events, foreign policy and education.

Rice’s lecture is supported by the Monfort Family Foundation as part of the Monfort Lecture Series at Colorado State.

The doors to Moby Arena will open at 5:30 p.m. Flash photography and video recording will not be allowed at any time during the lecture.

Tickets will be available beginning March 24 at the Campus Box Office by calling (970) 491-4TIX or visiting The Campus Box Office, located in the Lory Student Center, is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Admission is free, however a ticket is required for entry to the lecture. There is a limit of four tickets per customer. To request tickets for groups larger than four, contact the CSU Events office at (970) 491-4601 or

From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the 66th secretary of state of the United States. Before serving as America’s chief diplomat, she served as assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security advisor) from January 2001 to 2005.

Rice is a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and professor of Political Science at Stanford University.

She is author of “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family,” (October 2010) which shares how her upbringing in segregated Birmingham, Alabama—along with her strong, caring family and parents—helped to shape the course of her life.

Rice served as a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron, Charles Schwab and Transamerica corporations. She was a founding board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, Calif., and was vice president of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. She currently serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Rice has been involved in a number of humanitarian pursuits, most notably with the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief and in creating and serving on the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Both endeavors increased aid to developing countries and the world’s poorest, most disadvantaged populations. PEPFAR was the largest commitment of funds from any single nation to combat a single disease at any time in history. The Millennium Challenge Corporation promotes sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

Rice currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Rice earned her bachelor’s in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her doctorate from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.