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President George H.W. Bush Hosts Condoleezza Rice At Texas A&M

October 28, 2009

George Bush, 41st President of the United States, will host Condoleezza Rice, 66th Secretary of State, Nov. 9 for the Lenore and Francis Humphrys International Speakers Program at Texas A&M University. The program is scheduled to coincide with a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The speakers program is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Presidential Library Center. It is sponsored by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs.

Rice is the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and professor of political science at Stanford University. From January 2005 to 2009, she served as Secretary of State during the administration of 43rd President George W. Bush.

Before serving as America’s chief diplomat, she served as assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security adviser) from January 2001 to 2005. Rice joined the Stanford University faculty as a professor of political science in 1981 and served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999. She was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution from 1991 to 1993 and returned to the Hoover Institution after serving as provost until 2001. As a professor, Rice won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored or coauthored several books, including “Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft” (1995), with Philip Zelikow; “The Gorbachev Era” (1986), with Alexander Dallin; and “Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army” (1984).

The lecture by Rice is the featured event of a daylong celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Following her lecture, there will be a celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall on the Peggy and Lowry Mays Presidential Library Plaza.

Other events at the George Bush Presidential Library Center include a panel discussion and book release for “The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Revolutionary Legacy of 1989;” a panel discussion with U.S. and European media titled “Perceptions of Transatlantic Relations since the Fall of the Berlin Wall: A View from American and European Media;” and the release of declassified White House archival material relating to the Berlin Wall, titled “The Fall of the Wall: A Secret View from The Oval Office.”

Free tickets to the Humphrys Lecture are available at the Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau, KBTX-TV, WTAW, The Bryan/College Station Eagle and the Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library. Attendees are asked to refrain from bringing backpacks, bags, cameras or other personal belongings.

For a full agenda of the day’s events, visit the event website at http://eucenter.tamu.edu/Events/Content/FBW/FBW_site.html.

The Lenore and Francis Humphrys International Speakers Program brings to the George Bush Presidential Library Center and the campus of Texas A&M University world leaders, current and past practitioners, and renowned international affairs scholars. The purpose of the program is to bring to public attention relevant international issues that face the United States and to provide a dialogue in search of solutions for the promotion of world peace and stability. The program is especially geared towards students who will have the opportunity to augment their academic experience by exposing them to important international issues. In addition, it presents students the opportunity to build on their classroom experience through interaction with world leaders and others who shape international events. The program features two lectures per year—one in the spring and one in the fall. It is sponsored by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs.