U.S. Ambassador Susan E. Rice to kick-off this fall’s Open VISIONS Forum at Fairfield University

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U.S. Ambassador Susan E. Rice to kick-off this fall’s Open VISIONS Forum at Fairfield University

Former National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan E. Rice, will appear on Sept. 28, for her first-ever speaking engagement since leaving her formal role in government. Amb. Rice will present a lecture on Envisioning Our Global Future.”

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (September 13, 2017) —Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts welcomes Ambassador Susan E. Rice to present “Envisioning Our Global Future” as part of the Open VISIONS Forum lecture series on Thursday, September 28 at 8 p.m.

Following her role as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Amb. Rice served as President Obama’s National Security Advisor from 2013-2017. In that role, Amb. Rice oversaw the National Security Council Staff, chaired the Cabinet level National Security Principals Committee, provided the President’s daily national security briefing, and was responsible for the coordination and integration of all aspects of the administration’s foreign and national security policy, intelligence, and military efforts.

Contributor of a recent New York Times Op-Ed piece, “It’s Not Too Late on North Korea,” Amb. Rice wrote that “it’s past time that the United States started exercising its power responsibly,” and plans to elaborate on this stance during her lecture.

A Truman Scholar at Stanford University, Amb. Rice earned her bachelor’s degree Phi Beta Kappa. Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, she completed her doctorate at Oxford University and served on the National Security Council staff and as assistant secretary of state for African Affairs under President Clinton. In 2008, Amb. Rice was nominated by president-elect Obama to be America’s United Nations Ambassador, becoming the second youngest person and first African American woman to represent the United States in that capacity.

“How fitting at this moment in time to launch our season with a high-level diplomat of Ambassador Rice’s stature,” notes Open VISIONS Forum Founder/Moderator Professor Philip Eliasoph, PhD. “We are anticipating a forward looking presentation where Ambassador Rice will offer us a current state of the world review from her very unique perspective.”

This program is in place of a previously scheduled lecture with actor and activist Mark Ruffalo. Please note that all tickets to that lecture are still valid for Ambassador Rice. In addition, the Artisan at Delamar Southport will host a Private Dinner Reception with Amb. Rice earlier in the evening. Limited space is remaining. Tickets are: Single $150, Couple $250 (includes ticket to the OVF lecture).

Tickets are $35, $27 Quick Members, and $5 for Fairfield University students. For tickets, visit quickcenter.com or call the Box Office at 203-254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. Sponsors for this program include the Delamar of Southport and Spa, TV Eyes, Moffly Media, WSHU, and Beers, Hammerman, Cohen, & Burger, P.C.

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Fairfield University is a modern Jesuit Catholic university rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from the U.S. and across the globe are pursuing degrees in the University’s five schools. Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values. The University is located on a stunning 200 acre campus on the scenic Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

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