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Madeleine Albright to Give Heyman Lecture, "Public Service in the Age of Globalization," March 21


The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, the 64th United States secretary of state, will deliver the inaugural Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Federal Public Service Fellowship Lecture at 2:50 p.m., on Tuesday, March 21, 2006, in the Levinson Auditorium at YLS.

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Madeleine Albright emigrated to the United States with her family after Communists took control of that country in 1948. A graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University's Department of Public Law and Government, she has served in a succession of important foreign policy roles within the federal government: from 1978-81, Dr. Albright was a member of President Carter's National Security Council and White House staff; from 1976-78, she served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie; from 1993-97, Dr. Albright served as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of the President's cabinet; and in 1997 she was named the first woman Secretary of State and became, to that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the federal government.

The Heyman Lecture is made possible by a gift by Samuel (YC '60) and Ronnie (YLS '72) Heyman that also provides federal executive-branch fellowships for Yale Law School graduates, the first of which will be announced before Albright's remarks. In keeping with the Heymans' vision of encouraging YLS graduates to explore careers in public service and to bring creative, entrepreneurial ideas to the federal government, Albright's lecture, "Public Service in the Age of Globalization," will describe the lessons she learned as a public servant and the many ways in which Yale graduates can serve the public interest.