Buena Vista University is continuing to prepare to host this year's guest, Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State, on Sept. 14.
For the past 11 years, Buena Vista University has provided Iowa and the Midwest with access to world leaders who come to Buena Vista University to discuss the issues underlying American freedoms.
Established in 1989, the William W. Siebens American Heritage Lecture Series is part of the University's service to Iowa. Recent laureates have included General Colin Powell, former President of the United States George Bush, Lady Margaret Thatcher, former South African President F.W. de Klerk, legendary newsman Walter Cronkite and former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
One of the great diplomats in American history, Albright is the first female Secretary of State and the highest-ranking woman in the history of the United States government.
With skills that have bridged the divides of nationality, race, religion and gender, Albright constructed new opportunities for peace in the world's most contentious regions - from the Balkans to the Middle East to North Korea.
Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Albright was the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She has also been a member of the National Security Council and was a member of President Clinton's cabinet for eight years.
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