LEWISBURG, Pa. -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has accepted an invitation to hold a public conversation at Bucknell University. The event will occur at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, on the Bucknell campus, on Friday, Oct. 13, at 2:45 p.m.
Dr. Rice, one of the highest-ranking U.S. government officials ever to visit Bucknell, will deliver public remarks and then take questions.
"As one of America's foremost liberal arts universities, Bucknell has an obligation to offer itself as place for discussion and debate on the major issues of our time," said President Brian C. Mitchell, who extended the invitation on the University's behalf. "We are grateful to Dr. Rice for accepting our invitation and providing this opportunity for our students and community to hear her thoughts on the challenges facing America and the world."
Tickets for the address are being made available on a first-come, first-served basis to Bucknell students, faculty, and staff through online registration from 12 noon Wednesday, Oct. 4, to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. Students, faculty, and staff may register for one ticket each.
Campus interest is likely to be great, and the University and Secretary Rice are committed to this event offering the occasion for a public dialogue; therefore, a limited block of tickets will be set aside for the public. To ensure fairness, these recipients will be selected in a lottery.
Members of the public interested in attending must come in person to the Weis Center box office with a government-issued photo ID between 12 noon and 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, to register for the lottery.
To satisfy security requirements, those attending must be seated in the Weis Center by 2 p.m. and be prepared to show a government-issued photo ID. No cell phones, cameras, or recording devices will be permitted at the event.
Further information about the event will be available on the Bucknell University website, www.bucknell.edu, where regular updates will continue to be posted.
The event will be webcast live. Viewing information is available on the Bucknell website. In addition, the event will also be simulcast in the Rooke Chemistry Building auditorium.
Dr. Rice became Secretary of State on Jan. 26, 2005, having served as the National Security Advisor to the president since January 2001.
In June 1999, she completed a six-year tenure as the provost of Stanford University, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As professor of political science, Dr. Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of its highest teaching honors -- the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Journalists who wish to receive more information about the event should submit contact information to the Office of Communications at 570-577-3260.
Posted Oct. 3, 2006
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