The first female Secretary of State and daughter of the namesake for the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Dr. Madeleine Albright visited the University of Denver last week, sharing fond memories and insights into current international events.
"I really do feel at home; I swam and played tennis here. This is definitely where I grew up," said Albright of the University of Denver.
As the daughter of Dr. Josef Korbel and a professor at Georgetown University, Albright gave advice for current students in International Studies saying they need to embrace a broader field, including economics, religion, business and anthropology.
Speaking with Albright at the Cable Center for over 500 attendees, Ambassador Christopher R. Hill said that her legacy of service was to create an image of the United States as one that was approachable and real. And in fact, Albright herself is very real. Her stories of dancing at family weddings, filming on the set of Gilmore Girls and even a jab or two at various international leaders gave the perception of a woman who both loved her work and commanded respect through sharp wit and humor.
Albright did lament what she saw as trend of Americans becoming tired in engagements abroad, though noted that people were more aware today of our global economic interdependence.
"The world can't function without an engaged United States. Not that we're indispensible, but we are powerful, and need to be engaged," said Albright.
"Her candor impressed me the most," said Nicole Smith, a Josef Korbel student in attendance. And many students agreed they enjoyed her recounts of both international diplomacy and daily life.
Albright was also in town to open the exhibit "Read My Pins," a showcase of her famous brooches at the Denver Art Museum.
- Sarah Crozier, MA Candidate, International Development
Josef Korbel School of International Studies