Type: School event

Democracy and America's Foreign Policy Identity


A Master Class with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, hosted by John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center

Date & time

Oct 4, 2019, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

This event is by invitation only.

Earlier in the day on Friday, October 4, Secretary Rice will deliver a talk for the University of Michigan community. Ticketing and other information here.

About the event:

The Ford School's Weiser Diplomacy Center hosts a Master Class with Condoleezza Rice, facilitated by John Ciorciari, discussing “Democracy and America’s Foreign Policy Identity.” Secretary Rice draws both on her experience and her current work on American identity in conversation regarding the extent to which democracy promotion should constitute a core element of America’s foreign policy identity in the years ahead, as well as challenges and opportunities in the present era of resurgent nationalism and authoritarianism in many parts of the world.

From the speaker's bio:

Condoleezza Rice served as 66th Secretary of State of the United States from January 2005 to 2009. Secretary Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor from January 2001 to 2005. She was Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999. From 1989 through March 1991, Secretary Rice was a member of President George H.W. Bush’s NSC staff as Director, Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs, and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

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's also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates.

Rice has authored and co-authored numerous books, including three bestsellers, Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom; No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington; and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family. She currently serves on the boards of Dropbox, C3 and Makena Capital. In addition, she's vice chair of the board of governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, a trustee of the Aspen Institute, and co-chair of the Aspen Strategy Group. Born in Birmingham, AL, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Denver; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

About the lecture series:

This event forms part of the series in celebration of the launch of the Weiser Diplomacy Center (WDC), housed in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. WDC is a hub for practical training and policy dialogue on diplomacy and foreign affairs. WDC trains students for careers in international service, provides a meeting point for academics and practitioners, and serves as a bridge between U-M and the foreign policy community. WDC engages Professors of Practice and regular visiting practitioners and aims to be one of the country’s leading loci for the study of foreign affairs.

Hosted as part of the Ford School's Conversations Across Difference Initiative.