Casey, Rice and Albright…what do these people have in common?

…their March/April visits to the Josef Korbel School (among a few other things)! It’s been quite an incredible few weeks here at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. On Monday, March 26th, Josef Korbel School students, faculty and staff were pleased to welcome General George Casey, Jr. back to Denver. General Casey graduated from our MA in International Studies and 22 years later, is teaching a two-week course titled, “Civil/Military Relations after 9/11.”  In addition, the General was a guest lecturer in the following courses; “International Weapons Proliferation,” “A History of American Diplomacy and PeaceKeeping,” “Conflict Resolution,” “Korea,” “Ethics, Education and Change,” Homeland Security Civil Society and Human Rights, “Strategic Intel Data Collection/Analysis,” “U.S. National Security Policy” and “Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy,” and he participated in a few Q&A sessions with the Middle East Discussion Group and the Organization of Security Students.

In addition, General Casey also shared his Korbel experience with a room full of recently admitted students. It was an incredible discussion – watch the full discussion/Q&A below. My favorite moment was when General Casey joined us at last Thursday’s wine and cheese reception for admitted students. He was chatting it up with current and admitted students alike and everyone was so excitedly nervous to meet him (including myself), even though he’s incredibly approachable.

Watch the full video of General Casey speaking with recently admitted Josef Korbel School graduate students
Photos of General Casey teaching classes at the Josef Korbel School
Photos of General Casey speaking with recently admitted students in the Josef Korbel School cafe

This past Monday, the Josef Korbel School welcomed another prestigious alum, 66th Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice! Dr. Rice graduated from our doctoral program in 1974 under the guidance of the school’s first dean, Josef Korbel (Secretary Madeleine Albright’s father). During her two day visit, in addition to joining Dean Hill in a Q&A with over 700 attendees,

Dr. Rice was also very involved with our students. She served as a guest lecturer in a course titled; “Democratization of the Middle East,” and participated in Q&A sessions with student groups such as the Future International Administration, Denver Women in International Security and the CENEX Simulation student ex board while also serving as one of our “Professionals in Residence” events, hosted by our Office of Career and Professional Development.

Dr Rice in Josef Korbel School class

Watch the full video of the conversation with Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Josef Korbel School Dean, Christopher Hill
Take a look at some photos from Dr. Rice’s visit and more here.
Read a recent article about Dr. Rice’s visit
Podcast with Dr. Rice and current MA student and Marketing Assistant, Daniel Green (COMING SOON)

On April 13, 64th Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, will return to her old stomping grounds, joining Josef Korbel School Dean, Christopher Hill, for a conversation about public diplomacy and Foreign Service.  As previously mentioned, in 2008, our school was honored to change our name from, “Graduate School of International Studies,” to “Josef Korbel School of International Studies,” After Secretary Albright’s father who became our first dean in 1964.
For more about the history of the Josef Korbel School, click here.

But it doesn’t stop there! There are tons of events, including Linda Poteat, Exec Director of Emergency Capacity Building Project (hosted by our Global Health Student Group, Santé), panel discussions such as: Who Owns Water: The Move Towards Privatization and Corporate Responsibility and Water in the West: Scarcity and Management Issues in our own Backyard , both of which are part of the 2012 Center on Rights Development Symposium:  Dying of Thirst. Take a look at the Josef Korbel School calendar.

Just another day at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies!


Nicole Vilegi-Sandage
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Josef Korbel School of International Studies




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