Lecture by Madeleine K. Albright at FIU
Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Vaclav Havel’s Legacy of Freedom
Celebrating Vaclav Havel’s Visit to FIU Ten Years Later
Lecture by Madeleine K. Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State
September 13, 2012 | 3:00 PM | FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | GC Ballroom
Vaclav Havel changed history as an advocate of freedom and universal human rights. A playwright, essayist, poet, dissident, and politician, Havel became a symbol of the civic opposition to the communist government in Czechoslovakia. After the Prague “Velvet Revolution” that toppled the communist regime, Havel became president of Czechoslovakia, and later the first president of the Czech Republic. Ten years ago, on September 21, 2002, President Vaclav Havel came to FIU and delivered memorable remarks about freedom and in support of a peaceful transition to democracy in Cuba. Join us as former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright remembers this remarkable statesman and humanitarian.
Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. On May 29, 2012, Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama. She received an honorary degree from FIU in 1996. Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
There will be a panel discussion to follow, featuring:
Thomas Dine, President of the American Friends of the Czech Republic
The Honorable Petr Gandalovic, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S.
Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy
Martin Palous, Director, Vaclav Havel Library, SIPA Senior Fellow
Marifeli Perez-Stable, Interim Director, Latin American and Caribbean Center
The program is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required for admission and are free of charge.
Please note that seating is limited and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please arrive early; you must be in your seat 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.
Students who are required to attend the event for class credit or extra credit will need to complete the appropriate form and return it after the lecture to the drop-off location. Students can obtain this form in the lobby of the Graham Center Ballrooms prior to the start of the event.
For more information, call 305-348-7266.
Co-sponsored by the Division of External Relations, Office of the President, Department of Politics & International Relations, European Studies Program and the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence.