An Evening With Madeleine Albright

Oct 26, 2017

Thursday, Oct. 26
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 Secretary of State and U.N. Ambassador Madeleine Albright. The conversation will be moderated by former CBS News journalist Bob Schieffer.

Secretary Albright's appearance will mark the opening of the special exhibition, Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, on view at the LBJ Library from Oct. 28, 2017 through Jan. 21, 2018.

About Albright & Schieffer
Madeleine K. Albright is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President's Cabinet. She is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Dr. Albright chairs the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. She is also the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. In 2012, she was chosen by President Obama to receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.

Bob Schieffer reported for CBS News for 46 years, serving as anchor of Face the Nation, CBS News' Sunday morning public affairs broadcast, for the last 24 of those years. His new book, Overload: Finding the Truth in Today's Deluge of News, will be released on Oct. 1.

About the Exhibition
Shortly after becoming a diplomat, Albright discovered the power of jewelry to convey a foreign policy message. Before long, she began selecting appropriate pins to wear to particular meetings, visually expressing her high hopes, determination, impatience, or warm feelings. The brooches soon became her diplomatic signature.

The Albright collection consists of pins that Secretary Albright wore before, during and after her years in public service. They include examples of fine art, but most are of the costume variety. Many are by anonymous designers and were selected for the signals they send and the spirit they convey. Sometimes demure and understated, sometimes outlandish and outspoken, these pins were used as gentle implements of statecraft. Their stories and messages reflect the secretary's sense of humor and her humanity, and are shared here as a visual educational tool of cultural diplomacy.

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection has been organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by Bren Simon. Support for the catalogue Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box, has been provided by St. John Knits.

The exhibition at the LBJ Presidential Library is presented by Lexus of Austin and Lakeway.

Book Signings, Exhibition Preview, and Reception
Prior to the event, The Store at LBJ will host Albright for a book signing of Madam Secretary and Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box. The store will also host Schieffer for a signing of his new book Overload: Finding the Truth in Today's Deluge of News. Book sales and signing will be held in the upper auditorium lobby from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the LBJ Presidential Library.

Following the program, Friends members will have an opportunity to preview the Read My Pins exhibition (on the third floor) and enjoy a reception (third and fourth floors).

To RSVP
We are not currently accepting reservations. Friends members at the Individual and above level will receive an email invitation about four weeks in advance and may make a reservation at that time.

Location and Parking
The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River. Access to the auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Free parking is available in the library visitors' lot (#38), and lots #37 and #39. Please let the parking attendant on duty know you are attending the library event to receive free parking. Overflow parking will be in Manor Garage on a self-pay, space available basis.

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

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Photo credit
Photo from book cover of Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box, Liberty, 1997. Designer: Gijs Bakker. Photography: Diana Walker.

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Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
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