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Ex-US secretaries of state Kerry, Albright to speak at DU dinner

Author: Mark Harden - November 23, 2018 - Updated: November 23, 2018

Former U.S. secretaries of state John Kerry and Madeleine Albright. (AP, file)

Two former U.S. secretaries of state will appear Nov. 29 at the annual dinner of the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

John Kerry, who was secretary of state in former President Barack Obama’s second term, and Madeleine Albright, who held the same post during former President Bill Clinton’s second term, will join in “a conversation about the state of international diplomacy,” the Korbel school announced.

Kerry — who was born in Aurora at what was then the Fitzsimons Army Hospital Medical Center — also will receive DU’s International Bridge Builder Award.

Both Kerry and Albright have criticized President Donald Trump and his foreign policy. Kerry told MSNBC in September that Trump has “hugely damaged American credibility on a global basis,” and Albright said in an April interview that the Republican president is “the least democratic president of modern history” because of his attacks on the press, his treatment of the judiciary and his talk of “us-versus-them” divisions.

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Kerry was the Democratic Party’s candidate for president in 2004, losing to incumbent President George W. Bush. He has appeared on some news-media lists of potential presidential candidates for 2020.

Albright, who was born in Prague in what is now the Czech Republic, grew up in Denver and is the daughter of the Korbel school’s founder and first dean, Josef Korbel.

Also at the dinner, civic leader and entrepreneur Patricia Cooper will receive the Korbel school’s Humanitarian Award.

The 2018 Korbel Dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center hotel. The event is a fundraiser for Korbel’s programs, scholarships and research centers.

Click here for registration information.

Another notable alumna of the Korbel school is Condoleezza Rice, who was secretary of state and, previously, national security advisor under President George W. Bush.

Mark Harden

Mark Harden

Mark Harden is managing editor of Colorado Politics. He previously was news director at the Denver Business Journal; city editor, online news editor, state editor, national editor and popular music critic at The Denver Post; and an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Seattle area and San Francisco.