Santa Clara University

2013-2014 President's Speaker Series

Condoleezza Rice

No Higher Honor

What was it like in the White House following the 9-11 attacks on American soil? What was it like to be present in the negotiating rooms where the fates of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Lebanon hung in the balance?

October 10, 2013
7:30 p.m. @ Mayer Theatre
Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice is currently a professor of political economy and political science at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

From 2005-09, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as the national security advisor for President George W. Bush's from 2001-05, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University's provost from 1993-99, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush's National Security Council staff.

As professor of Political Science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors-the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including two bestsellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010).

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 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.

Rice is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded 10 honorary doctorates. She currently resides in Stanford, Calif.