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Fun Fact: Former Secretary of State Rice to speak April 16

President George W. Bush and Cabinet; White House photoCondoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State, 2005-09Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak on campus April 16. She is the second member of President George W. Bush’s Cabinet to speak at UNT. Who was the other member?

A. Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce

B. Elaine Chao, Secretary of Labor

C. Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense

D. Margaret Spellings, Secretary of Education

The correct answer is C. Robert Gates spoke Sept. 7, 2011, during a week of campus events commemorating the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Gates served as Secretary of Defense from 2006 through 2009 in the Bush Administration and remained in the cabinet position in the Obama Administration until 2011.

Rice will speak at 8 p.m. April 16 in the UNT Coliseum. Her appearance is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, as was Gates’ speech. President Bush also spoke on campus Nov. 17, 2010, his first appearance at a university after leaving office in 2009.

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"Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family," by Condoleezza RiceRice served from 2005-09 and was the second woman and the first African American to be U.S. Secretary of State. She also was national security advisor to President Bush from 2001 to 2005, and was the first woman to hold that position. She was a national security advisor from 1989 to 1991 in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Rice now holds several positions at Stanford University, at the Hoover Institution and is a professor of political science.

Rice’s most recent publication is 2011's No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington. She has authored and coauthored other books, including the best-selling Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family, right, which discusses her childhood in segregated Birmingham, Ala.

(Cabinet photo courtesy of The White House; Rice photos courtesy of Random House)

Posted on: Mon 01 April 2013

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