Henry Paulson to host Condoleezza Rice at Nov. 14 event

Update: Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, the Nov. 14 event featuring former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. has been postponed. 

The event was scheduled to take place at 7pm Monday, Nov. 14, at International House. Rice and the organizers will work to reschedule a visit to the University of Chicago at a later date.

Two former United States Cabinet secretaries, Condoleezza Rice and Henry M. Paulson Jr., will speak with University of Chicago community members in an International House event at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14.

The event is one in a series organized by the Paulson Institute, an independent entity located at UChicago. Paulson is also a distinguished senior fellow at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and former U.S. Treasury secretary. He will be joined by Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State and author of the forthcoming book, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington, which was released Nov. 1.

Admission to the talk, titled “A Conversation with Condoleezza Rice,” will be free and open to UChicago students, faculty and staff. Doors to Assembly Hall will open at 6 p.m. Attendees must bring a valid University ID for entry. Note: All bags will be subject to a bag check. The University also will stream a live webcast of the event, including display on the “UChicago Live” tab at the UChicago Facebook page.

Rice, a political science professor at Stanford University, served for eight years under President George W. Bush, first as National Security Advisor and then as Secretary of State. The first African American woman to serve in those roles, Rice faced a range of challenges in national security and diplomacy, from the terrorist attacks in 2001 to multiple conflicts and international economic crises.

“Condi brings a fascinating perspective as an accomplished academic leader who also provided strong leadership to our nation during a period of formidable international policy challenges, intense debate and transition,” said Paulson, who served alongside Rice in the Bush administration. “I am delighted to join her for what promises to be a stimulating discussion with the University of Chicago community about her experiences at the highest levels of government decision-making.”

Paulson has four decades of experience in public policy and economic issues, including as chief executive of Goldman Sachs and culminating in his tenure as Treasury secretary from 2006-09.

Since his University appointment in July, Paulson has begun to lead research collaborations, speaker series, conferences, workshops, and other events and programs. In October alone he held six events for more than 500 University students, faculty, staff and alumni, including discussions about his experiences as Treasury secretary, important qualities for leadership, the relationship between public and private entities, and the need for fundamental economic regulatory reform in the United States.