Condoleezza Rice to Speak at UA in March

Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush, will be the spring speaker in the the University of Arkansas' Distinguished Lecture Series.

Rice is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Barnhill Arena. The lecture is free, open to the public and no tickets are needed to attend.

"The Distinguished Lecture Committee has been working for several years to bring Dr. Rice to campus," said Tyler Priest, co-chair of the committee. "Students have told us consistently that she is at the top of the list of people they want to speak here. We’re very excited that this is going to happen."

Rice, a native of Birmingham, Ala., became Stanford University’s provost in 1993 and was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer for six years. From 2005-09, Rice was the 66th U.S. secretary of state, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post.

Rice was also Bush’s assistant to the president for National Security Affairs from 2001-05, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice returned to teach at Stanford University in 2009, where she is a professor of political science and also the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy in the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The Distinguished Lecture Series is a student-sponsored program. Speakers are chosen by a committee of students, faculty and staff, and the events are funded by a student-approved fee, appropriated by the Programs Allocation Board.