An Evening With Ambassador Susan Rice

Nov 20, 2019

Wednesday, Nov. 20
6 p.m.
LBJ Auditorium

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Friends of the LBJ Library members are invited to join us for an evening with former National Security Advisor and United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice. Copies of her new book, Tough Love, will be available for sale and signing before the program.

About Our Speaker
Ambassador Susan E. Rice is currently Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the School of International Service at American University, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She serves on the boards of Netflix and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and previously served on several nonprofit boards, including the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Rice earned her master's degree and doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and her Bachelor's degree from Stanford University.

About the Book
Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Susan E. Rice—National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations—reveals her surprising story with unflinching candor.

Tough Love by Susan Rice

Mother, wife, scholar, diplomat, and fierce champion of American interests and values, Rice powerfully connects the personal and the professional. Taught early, with tough love, how to compete and excel as an African American woman in settings where people of color are few, Susan shares wisdom learned along the way.

Laying bare the family struggles that shaped her early life in Washington, D.C., she also examines the ancestral legacies that influenced her. Rice's elders—immigrants on one side and descendants of slaves on the other—had high expectations that each generation would rise. And rise they did, but not without paying it forward—in uniform and in the pulpit, as educators, community leaders, and public servants. She too rose rapidly. She served throughout the Clinton administration, becoming one of the nation's youngest assistant secretaries of state and, later, one of President Obama's most trusted advisors.

Rice provides an insider's account of some of the most complex issues confronting the United States over three decades, ranging from "Black Hawk Down" in Somalia to the genocide in Rwanda and the East Africa embassy bombings in the late 1990s, to Libya, Syria, a secret channel to Iran, the Ebola epidemic, and the opening to Cuba during the Obama years. With unmatched insight and characteristic bluntness, she reveals previously untold stories behind recent national security challenges, including confrontations with Russia and China, the war against ISIS, the struggle to contain the fallout from Edward Snowden's NSA leaks, the U.S. response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump administration.

Book sales and Signing
Prior to the event, The Store at LBJ will host Rice for a book signing of Tough Love, to be released Oct. 8, 2019. Book sales will begin at 4:45 p.m. in the upper auditorium lobby, and she will sign from 5-5:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit the LBJ Presidential Library.

To RSVP
Friends members at the Individual and above level may RSVP to [email protected]. Guests are not permitted for this event.

Location and Parking
The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River St. Access to the auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs or through the south auditorium doors by the LBJ Fountain.

Free parking will be available in the LBJ Library visitors’ lot (#38), and lots #37 and #39 after 5 p.m. Overflow parking will be in Manor Garage on a self-pay, space available basis.

The Evening With speaker series is generously sponsored by St. David's HealthCare and the Moody Foundation.

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Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
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Membership Manager

LBJ Presidential Library
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