The passing of Hon. Madeleine ALBRIGHT, 64th U.S. Secretary of State, was received with great sadness by the whole community of the College of Europe in Natolin. Throughout the years, our students had the privilege to understand the world through her inspiring lectures at Natolin. The Natolin Community deeply mourns her loss.
Madame ALBRIGHT visited Natolin twice. On 9 July 2016, when she was in Warsaw in connection with the NATO Summit in Warsaw, she got acquainted with the mission of the College of Europe, with Natolin and its history, with the European Interdisciplinary Studies (EIS) programme, and with the priorities and plans of the Natolin campus. Dr ALBRIGHT also met with the participants of the Fourth Edition of the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA). Three years later, on Thursday 7 March 2019, she returned to Natolin to inaugurate The Zbigniew Brzezinski Memorial Lecture Series.
Secretary Madeleine K. ALBRIGHT
Madeleine K. ALBRIGHT was a professor, author, diplomat, and businesswoman who served as 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. From 1993 to 1997, Dr ALBRIGHT served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. She was a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Dr ALBRIGHT was Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She also chaired the National Democratic Institute, served as the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation and was a member of the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board. In 2012, she was chosen by President Obama to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.
Dr ALBRIGHT’s last book, Fascism: A Warning was published on April 10, 2019 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. She was the author of five other New York Times bestselling books: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership (2008); Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box (2009); and Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 (2012).