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Georgetown Remembers Madeleine Albright

The first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state and a long-time public servant committed to serving the needs of women and girls, Madeleine Albright joined Georgetown’s faculty in the School of Foreign Service in 1982. Over the past four decades, she frequently shared her national security and diplomatic expertise with the Georgetown community through events, advocacy and her famed undergraduate course, “American National Security Tool Box.”

Melanne Verveer, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton stand on a stage with a banner behind them with the text "Honoring the Legacy of Madeleine Albright"

Honoring Her Legacy: A Symposium on Diplomacy

Prominent American and foreign policymakers — including President Bill Clinton (SFS’68) and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — convened on Georgetown’s campus for a symposium celebrating the life and work of Madeleine K. Albright.

Remembering a Trailblazer

Madeleine Albright speaks at Commencement

For nearly 40 years, Madeleine Albright taught more than 2,000 students at Georgetown. Today, her students share their memories of her impact in and out of the classroom.

Madeleine Albright speaks behind a podium with a "Georgetown" sign behind her

Georgetown mourns the loss of Madeleine Albright, the first woman U.S. Secretary of State and a beloved professor who taught for almost 40 years in the School of Foreign Service.

A Testimonial

Madeleine Albright and President DeGioia in graduation robes

“We honor the life of Madeleine Albright—a leader who served not only our nation, but our world. Since she first joined our faculty in 1982, we have been honored by her leadership in our University community. She has inspired generations of students to pursue careers in public service and diplomacy. We remember her as a distinguished public servant, a groundbreaking leader, a devoted professor, and a seasoned diplomat who has demonstrated her visionary leadership on complex international issues. We express our most sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.”

Madeleine Albright stands behind a podium with a blue background

In Her Own Words

Secretary Albright inspired ⁦students not only to understand the world, but to serve the world. “I love teaching at Georgetown,” she said. “I’m sometimes known as ‘Secretary,’ but most of all I like being known as ‘Professor.'”

An Advocate of Democracy and Diplomacy

Zoom grid with Madeleine Albright, George Casey, George Tenet and Joel Hellman

Albright, Casey and Tenet share their expert insights on the future role of the U.S. in light of COVID-19, a contested presidential election and other foreign and domestic challenges.

Melanne Verveer, Madeleine Albright and Hillary Rodham Clinton on Zoom

Women need to be able to claim the rights they’ve gained, Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a virtual Georgetown event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the most comprehensive blueprint for…

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Share a Message of Remembrance

Share your memories of Secretary Albright and her legacy with the hashtag #GURemembersSecAlbright.