Sears Lecture Series to Present Madeleine Albright at Purdue

PurdueLogoFormer Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will give a lecture at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Oct. 10 in Purdue University's Elliott Hall of Music. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Albright served as secretary of state from 1997-2000 after being U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 through 1996. She is currently the Mortara Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

Due to the large turnout expected at the lecture:

* No lines may form for entry until 4 p.m. on 10/10. Lines will form in a designated area outside of Elliott Hall of Music.

* It is not permitted to camp outside a building, including using or bringing chairs, tents, sleeping bags, etc. For more information, visit the facilities use policy at

* You may not hold a place in line for others. If you wish to sit together as a group, everyone in your party must be present to wait in line.

* Should you leave after entering Elliott Hall of Music, no re-entry will be permitted.

* This is a general admission event and there is no assigned seating.

* There will be a security checkpoint with a visual inspection and bag search.

Albright speaks about her life as a young refugee who rose to become the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. government at that time. Albright sketches a vivid portrait of her years as secretary of state and offers candid descriptions of her experiences in Washington, D.C., and overseas. She also discusses America's global role and the many challenges facing President Barack Obama and other world leaders today on a number of foreign policy issues.

The Sears Lecture Series is named for the late Purdue historian Louis Martin Sears, who was a faculty member in the then-joint Department of History and Political Science from 1920 until his retirement in 1956. Sears specialized in diplomatic history and biography and was the author of numerous books. The lecture series bearing his name is alternately produced by the history and political science departments, in conjunction with Purdue Convocations.