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Albright to address colloquium, April 28-29

Scholars, public officials, journalists and authors will discuss Woodrow Wilson's legacy in a Princeton colloquium set for Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, featuring a keynote address by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The colloquium, "Woodrow Wilson in the Nation's Service," marks the 150th anniversary of his birthday and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which is sponsoring the event.

Albright, who served as secretary of state under President Clinton and now runs her own global consulting firm, the Albright Group, will speak at 4 p.m. April 28 in McCosh 50. Other colloquium events will be held in Robertson Hall.

Wilson served as Princeton's 13th president from 1902-1910, as governor of New Jersey from 1911-13 and as U.S. president from 1913-1921. A member of Princeton's class of 1879, he joined the University faculty in 1890 and in 1896 delivered the speech, "Princeton in the Nation's Service," which inspired the University's informal motto: "In the nation's service and in the service of all nations."

Topics of discussion will include: the League of Nations and efforts to secure peace through multilateral institutions; Wilson's idealistic foreign policy; his views on women, minorities and immigrants in contrast with his progressivism; the evolution of the University since Wilson's presidency; and what his exhortation to public service means today.

Registration is required for all events, and separate tickets must be obtained for Albright's address. Other speakers will include: President Tilghman, who will lead a discussion with other university presidents; scholars from Princeton and various institutions; governors Jon Corzine of New Jersey and Robert Ehrlich of Maryland; and journalists William Kristol and David Broder.

Registration and ticket information, a schedule of events and a list of speakers can be found on the colloquium Web site.

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