U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to speak at the Arlington on Jan. 25
UCSB Arts & Lectures presents an evening with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 25, at the Arlington Theatre. Dr. Rice will share her unparalleled expertise on global affairs, national security and education. Pre-signed books will be available for purchase at the event.
From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s assistant to the President for national security affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position. As Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, Rice pioneered a policy of transformational diplomacy and heralded the formation of new global governments based on democratic principles.
Born in Birmingham, Ala., Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame; and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Rice is currently the Denning professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson senior fellow on public policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.
Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer. As provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender Integrated Training in the Military.
From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as director; senior director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and special assistant to the President for national security affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
As professor of Political Science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors – the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Her recently-published book Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom (2017) offers a sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy. She has authored and co-authored numerous other books, including two bestsellers: No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010); 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).
In 1991, Rice cofounded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, Calif. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America). CNG has since expanded to local BGCA chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta and Dallas. She remains an active proponent of an extended learning day through after school programs.
Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.
Rice currently serves on the board of Dropbox, an online-storage technology company, C3, an energy software company and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. In addition, she is a member of the boards of the George W. Bush Institute, the Commonwealth Club, the Aspen Institute and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Previously, Rice served on various additional boards, including: KiOR, Inc.; the Chevron Corporation; the Charles Schwab Corporation; the Transamerica Corporation; the Hewlett-Packard Company; the University of Notre Dame; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.
In 2013, Rice was appointed to the College Football Playoff Committee (CFPC), formerly the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). In 2015, The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame named Rice the 2015 recipient of the organization’s highest and most prestigious honor, the NFF Gold Medal, citing her “significant contributions to our country and her love of the game of college football.” Rice is the first woman to ever be nationally recognized by the NFF.
Rice is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded 13 honorary doctorates.
Condoleezza Rice is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. The event sponsors are Ellen & Peter O. Johnson and Loren Booth. The media sponsors are Santa Barbara Independent, KCLU 102.3 FM (88.3 FM Ventura) and Pacific Standard. The wine sponsor is Palmina.
Tickets are $50-$150 for the general public and $25 for UCSB students (valid student ID required). An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price.