About 850 students, staff and faculty, and community members filled the bleachers at Seattle Pacific’s Royal Brougham Pavilion Thursday night to hear Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talk and answer questions about current events and their relation to SPU and the Seattle community.
During the lecture, Albright talked about the role of public service, nationalism and truth in the Middle East and Russia. She explained the need of a global community and focused on how globalization and trade can be broken down and divided by economic crisis.
“I do think public service is one of the highest callings,” Albright said. “But when pride curdles into hatred of one another, then it is very dangerous.”
Additionally, Albright talked about her experience with sexism in both foreign and domestic governments and the progress she has seen. She also answered questions about how she overcame difficulties as the first female secretary of state and in her role as a world leader.
“When you become a part of the government … it’s important to surround yourself with people that can provide you with information,” Albright said. “You depend on them … because there is no possible way you could know everything.”
She also spoke about the hope she has felt throughout her career when she thinks of the next generation and the potential it holds.
“What gives me hope are the young people,” Albright said. “There’s no question about it.”
Albright has also served as an ambassador to the United Nations and a member of the Cabinet and National Security Council.