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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Visit MDC for Book Discussion and Signing April 30

Madeline Albright

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will visit MDC's Wolfson Campus on April 30.

Miami, April 9, 2012 - Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will visit Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus to discuss her new book, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, at 8 p.m. Monday, April 30. It is presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre at MDC and Books & Books. 

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. 

Prague Winter takes readers from the capital city of Prague where Albright was born, to London where her family moved following the Nazi invasion in 1939, to the desolate prison ghetto of Terezín. Drawing upon her memory, her parents’ written reflections, interviews with contemporaries and newly-available documents, Albright offers a moving account of this tumultuous period. As she describes her own experience growing up during this period, Albright reflects on the discovery of her family’s Jewish heritage many decades after the war, and the choices that her parents and their generation faced as complicated events unfolded on the world stage. Both a deeply personal memoir and an insightful historical work, Prague Winter presents an intimate portrait of these crucial twelve years and serves as a guide to the future through the lessons of the past. 

“I was totally blown away by this book,” said biographer Walter Isaacson about Prague Winter. “It is a breathtaking combination of the historical and the personal. Albright confronts the brutal realities of the Holocaust and the conflicted moral choices it led to. It is an unforgettable tale of fascism and communism, courage and realism, families and heartache and love.” 

Albright served as U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, the first woman ever to hold the position. Her distinguished career in government includes positions in the National Security Council, on Capitol Hill, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She is currently Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management LLC, and serves as a professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She has visited the Miami Dade College several times with her last visit in 2011 regarding her popular book Read my Pins at which time an exhibition of her pin and brooch collection was held at the college’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. 

This event is part of The Center @ MDC’s 10th anniversary showcase. For more information about this and other events, visit www.theCenteratMDC.org

About The Center

The Center for Literature and Theater @ MDC promotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Literacy projects target children and teens, as well as college students and adults. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. The Center produces the annual Miami Book Fair International, regarded as the largest and finest literary gathering in the U.S. It is also home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances throughout the year. In 2012, the Center celebrates its 10th year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Book Discussion and Signing

  • WHEN: Monday, Apr. 30, 8:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus Auditorium, 300 NE Second Ave., Building 1, Room 1261
  • COST: Free admission

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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