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Indiana U. To Host Former Secretary Of State, UN Ambassador Albright

This story was written by Lee Hurwitz, Indiana Daily Student

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will speak at Indiana University on Friday.

Albright, who was one of the most powerful women in the country, will speak at a closed forum regarding foreign policy and the 2008 presidential election.

Students for Change, a groupmade up of IU College Democrats and Students for Barack Obama, is sponsoring the event.

Were getting a huge response on this already, said Rose Byrne, president of Students for Barack Obama. People are really excited about this, and were expecting a lot of people.

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1937, Albright became a U.S. citizen in 1957, according to an interview in The Guardian. She eventually became President Clintons ambassador to the UN in 1993 when he first took office. Clinton then named her the 64th secretary of state when he began his second term.

Albright has also authored several books and serves as the chairperson of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.

Its awfully incredible, Byrne said. Were really lucky to have someone with as much foreign policy experience as Madeleine to come to IU. I think its great for our campus, and I think its a great way to educate all of the voters that were registering.

The event will take place from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Friday in the Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall.

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